By Lynn Venhaus

Here’s some things going on now, this week and news in pop culture land.

Movie: Family-friendly Halloween fare?

Here you go. “The Curse of Bridge Hallow” on Netflix.

Starring Marlon Wayans, Kelly Rowland and Priah Ferguson. Supporting roles feature reliable John Michael Higgins as the school principal and Rob Riggle as the neighbor/police officer.

OK, this is average at best but when you need something to pass the time with the kids – particularly something holiday-themed, you can do worse than this amiable comedy-adventure featuring some decent thrills, good production design and well-done visual effects. It’s rated TV-14 and is 1 hour, 29 minutes.

The Plot: A teenage girl accidentally releases an ancient and mischievous spirit on Halloween. It causes decorations to come alive and wreak havoc, so she must team up with the last person she’d want to, to save their town – her father.

Fun Fact: I had the pleasure to interview Marlon Wayans when he was promoting “A Haunted House 2” in 2014, and he was one of the most delightful experiences with a ‘celeb’ that I have had during my writing career. The Belleville News-Democrat article is no longer accessible online.

X cast from A24.

Scary Movie: X

Now available on Showtime or for rental on multiple platforms, Ti West’s “X” is one of the best new horror movies of 2022, according to reviewer Alex McPherson and my colleague Max Foizey of “Max on Movies” on KTRS Radio.

The film is about the production of an amateur porn movie on a remote farm, where the members of the cast and crew meet a grisly fate. It’s set in 1979 and recalls the slasher films from that era.

Here is Alex’s review:

Shopping: Sold Out!

Mattel reports that the Tina Turner Barbie Doll that was released Thursday, is now sold out.

“Barbie celebrates the unprecedented music career and journey of Tina Turner. She is a Grammy-winning, chart-topping singer, and one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. This doll commemorates her smash hit “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” and the design is inspired by the iconic outfit Tina wore in the music video.”

Our Tina Turner doll wears a black mini dress paired with a denim jacket, sheer black tights, and black heels. Her signature hairstyle, drop earrings, and a microphone accessory complete her look.

She is the fifth artist to be inducted into the Barbie Signature Music Series, with this sixth overall doll in the collection. Designer is Bill Greening.

The doll normally retails for $55, but indirect websites are selling it for much more.

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TV: Second Chances on “Jeopardy!”

Starting today and for the next two weeks, 18 contestants return to the long-running game show in a “Second Chance” Tournament. Three semi-final games will lead to a two-day final each week. Both winners of the mini-tournaments will earn a spot in the Tournament of Champions that starts Oct. 31.

Food: Soccer & STL Made

Pork steaks, kebab wraps, burgers, hot dogs and more – including vegan and vegetarian options! City SC today announced five of the 25 restaurants that will serve signature food items at the soccer stadium: Balkan Treat Box in Webster Groves; Beast Craft BBQ Co. of Belleville (also operates Beast Butcher & Block in the Grove), Steve’s Hot Dogs, Brasserie by Niche and Pastaria Deli & Wine, two restaurants from Gerard Craft’s Niche Food Group.

Craft is the Chief Flavor Officer for City. The other restaurants to make up “City Flavor” will be announced later. Centene Stadium has 22,500 seats and will be the home of the Major League Soccer expansion franchise St Louis City SC, which starts play in 2023.

For more info, here is St Louis Magazine article:

There are episodes 1 & 2 about the City Flavor efforts.

Today in St. Louis History:

The syndicated daytime tabloid talk show “The Sally Jessy Raphael Show,” with radio host Sally Jessy Raphael, debuts on KSDK on Oct. 17, 1983.

It would be filmed in St. Louis until summer of 1987, when it moved to New Haven, Conn., and later Manhattan, where it lasted until 2022.

Three years before Oprah, the show, later just called “Sally,” was one of the first audience-participation, issue-driven talk shows hosted by a female.

Playlist: Supergroup

The Traveling Wilburys release debut album “Volume 1”– featuring the single “Handle with Care”; and the band members include Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty.

Word: Arthur Miller, who was born on this date in 1915

“We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law!”

John Proctor in “The Crucible”

Looking ahead:

On TUESDAY: Baseball Playoffs!

MLB postponed the fifth game of the ALDS because of rain Monday in the Bronx. The Cleveland Guardians will now face the New York Yankees on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 3 p.m. CST on TBS.

This is the last piece of the puzzle, as the San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros have moved on to the league championship series.

‘Tis the Season:

Not-so-scary Halloween celebration “Boo at the Zoo” tickets on sale

Fun for the whole family, including fabulous decorations throughout the St. Louis Zoo –  Skeleton Soiree, Monster Mash, Pirate Pointe, Haunted Harvest, Coachman’s Junction and a giant cauldron photo opportunity in Fragile Forest.

You can view the crawling and slithering animals at the Herpetarium and Insectarium. Enjoy some fall-themed treats at Zoo restaurants, including Halloween-dipped pretzel sticks, apple cider floats and adult ice cream cocktails for those 21 and older. For an additional fee, enjoy a ride on the Zooline Railroad.

Entertainment, including jugglers, magicians, stilt walkers and more will roam Zoo grounds each event night. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 5:30 p.m., catch live stage shows from local entertainers.

Tickets for Boo at the Zoo are now on sale for Oct. 21-23, 24-27 and 28-30

Free for children under age 2.

Your ticket includes admission into Emerson Dinoroarus, Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel, Stingrays at Caribbean Cove presented by SSM Health and “Chaos in Wonderland” at the 4D Theater.

For tickets and more information, visit

Thank you to our sponsors: SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, Wells Fargo, Mid America Chevy Dealers, Caleres, Prairie Farms Dairy.

Halloween Costume Policy

– Family-friendly Halloween costumes are encouraged.

– No scary costumes are permitted.

– Costume appropriateness is up to the discretion of the Zoo.

By Lynn Venhaus

Movies: It’s #MeanGirlsDay

This is so fetch!

In the 2004 movie, Cady Heron started talking to Aaron in math class when he asked her what day it was. And just like all classic date lines in movies or music, we now celebrate the pop culture phenom “Mean Girls” on Oct. 3. Just look at your social media today.

Ways to Celebrate:

  1. Wear Pink
  2. Or wear something vintage
  3. Watch the movie on Netflix

If you do not have the streaming service, you can rent the endlessly quoteable movie Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Vudu, Microsoft Store, Redbox, AMC on Demand, Apple iTunes, DIRECTV, Alamo on Demand online.

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Streaming: “Schitt’s Creek”

All six seasons of the hit sitcom “Schitt’s Creek” are now available on Hulu.

Down on their luck, the once-wealthy Rose family has moved back to a small town that Johnny (Eugene Levy) once bought as a joke. Levy’s son Daniel plays son David, his fellow Second City trouper Catherine O’Hara plays his wife Moira, and Annie Murphy plays daughter Alexis. The Roses deal with the culture shock in humorous ways. One of the wacky characters is the town mayor played by Chris Elliott. Schitt’s Creek won nine Emmy Awards 2015-2021.

TV: “The House That Norm Built,” PBS, 9 p.m. CST (Ch. 9)

Master Carpenter Norm Abram is retiring from PBS’s “This Old House” after 43 years. He started on Episode 2 in 1979, and this hour retrospective features classic archival footage and tributes from celebrities and colleagues.

On This Day in TV: 1960

If you can whistle, all together now – the theme of “The Andy Griffith Show,” which premiered on this day in 1960. For Sheriff Andy Taylor and the denizens of Mayberry entertained us on CBS until 1968.

The series won 7 Emmys, including four for Don Knotts as supporting actor. His portrayal of deputy Barney Fife won in 1962-63 and 66-67.

Quote: ‘If there’s anything that upsets me, it’s having people say I am sensitive.” – Barney Fife.

New Trailer: “Wakanda Forever”

Out Nov. 11:

Food: Steve’s Hot Dogs + Eckert’s

Back by Popular Demand is the Eckert’s Caramel Apple Campfire at Steve’s Hot Dogs – available only Oct. 3-9 only. The sleeper hit has the flavors of fall a smoked & grilled all-beef dog topped with spiced cinnamon apples, sweet ricotta cream, and a decadent caramel sauce. Comes with an optional Cinnamon Toast Crunch crumble.

Steve’s Hot Dogs is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 3145 S Grand Blvd, St. Louis.

Playlist: Tom Petty

On this day in 2017, Tom Petty died at age 66

He went into cardiac arrest at his Malibu home and was taken to UCLA medical center, but cannot be revived. Later that night, after his friends and family gather, he is taken off life support.

Just a week earlier, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers wrapped up their 40th Anniversary tour, a successful 53-date trek that found the band in top form and Petty in good spirits. In January 2018, when the medical examiner’s report is complete, Petty’s family issues a statement explaining that he was in inconsiderable pain throughout the tour, with knee problems and a fractured hip. His death was the result of an accidental overdose of prescription medications – the same thing that killed Prince in 2016.

Listen to some “Free Falling.”

ICYMI: Cardinal Nation

Waino, Yadi, Pujols leave the field together on Sunday.