A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 28, 2016
Spooktacular (spook + spectacular)

"Spooktacular” (spook + spectacular) is a word that’s popular at Halloween time. The first citation of the word is from “A Hallowe’en Party” by Laura Smith, published in the Christian Observer on October 27, 1897:

“Off came the black cover, disclosing a white one underneath, and the table was lighted with banquet lamps, and vases of chrysanthemums ornamented the places lately occupied by the ‘spooktacular’ objects.”

The “pooktacular” term began to be used frequently in the 1940s. “In-a-word description of Bela Lugosi: Spook-tacular” was published in the “Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood” syndicated newspaper column in September 1943. In june 1945, entertainment columnist Walter Winchell called actor Jack Oakie‘s performance in the new movie That’s the Spirit “spooktacular”—a word the movie used in advertisements.


27 October 1897, Christian Observer (Louisville, KY), “A Hallowe’en Party” by Laura Smith, pg. 17, col. 2:
Off came the black cover, disclosing a white one underneath, and the table was lighted with banquet lamps, and vases of chrysanthemums ornamented the places lately occupied by the “spooktacular” objects.

8 October 1933, Charlotte (NC) Observer, “Anne Campbell Winner In Nameless Cartoon Contest,” pg. 3, col. 1:
“A spook-tacular defense.” Mrs. E. E. Anderspn, Lumberton, N. C.

7 September 1943, State-Times (Baton Rouge, LA), “Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood,” pg. 12, col. 2:
In-a-word description of Bela Lugosi: Spook-tacular.

1 February 1944, Columbus (OH) Enquirer, “Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood,” pg. 6, col. 7:
Pic of an uneventful week: Universal’s “Phantom Lady” (Ella Raines-Francot-Tone). A spook-tacular success.

1 June 1945, Augusta (GA) Chronicle, Walter Winchell column, pg. 6, col. 4:
The Big Time: The Oakie-dokie performance by Jack in the flicker, “That’s the Spirit.” He brings back the ghost of vaudeville. A spooktacular performance.

1 June 1945, New York (NY) Herald Tribune, pg. 13, col. 4 ad:
IT’S “SPOOKTACULAR!”
says WALTER WINCHELL
(Advertisement for the movie That’s the Spirit with Jack Oakie.—ed.)

OCLC WorldCat record
Spike Jones in hi fi : A spooktacular in screaming sound.
Author: Spike Jones; Carl Brandt
Publisher: [Burbank Calif.] : Warner Bros., [1959]
Edition/Format: Music LP : English
Database: WorldCat

OCLC WorldCat record
Dracula, Frankenstein et Cie. : I only have eyes for you ; Poisen to poisen ; This is your death ; Teenage brain surgeon ; My heart sings ; Everything happens to me ; Monster movie ball ; Two heads are better than one ; Tammy ; My old flame ; Spooktacular finale
Author: Spike Jones
Publisher: [S.l.] : Warner Bros., [ca. 1965]
Series: Mode series
Edition/Format: Music LP
Database: WorldCat

OCLC WorldCat record
The Spooktacular joke book
Author: Theodore Freek; David Farris
Publisher: Hippo, 1987.
Edition/Format: Print book : Humor, satire, etc. : Juvenile audience : English

Urban Dictionary
Spooktacular
A very impressive
A Spooktacular Halloween
A Spooktacular display of carved Jack-o-lantern

#impressive #prominent #outstanding #salient #striking
by Abdi Mahad November 04, 2012

(Trademark)
Word Mark HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR
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