Retro Halloween advice: Sleep happy with Evil Edna

WITH the scarefest season of Halloween upon us, many sweet dreams turn to nightmares as our imagination goes into overdrive: thoughts of Freddie Krueger slashing his way through the bedroom door; Chucky sitting at the end of the bed; looking into the mirror and watching your head turn 360-degrees whilst your body stays stationary. These are sinister dreams, that, if were real, would probably end in a bloody fatality.

Even though it is Halloween, the on-screen blood and bodycount does not need to be gruesome enough to lead to months of insomnia: take Evil Edna for example, the evil witch of a woman from Willo the Wisp whose body is a television set. Now, I’m not saying that if your ultra HD, million-inch television set suddenly turned into Evil Edna you wouldn’t be scared, but the interesting fact is this: Evil Edna has never slaughtered or decapitated anyone. She is a bit on the vile side but the curses that spew out her mouth are rather mild mannered compared to her big screen competitors: “You’ll choke on your birthday cake … it’s going to rain on your holiday in not so sunny Spain … you’ll slip on that banana skin and turn into an soft overripe banana.” See how mild her curses are?

The curses of Evil Edna, when come to fruition, are really not so gruesome. You may choke on a bit of birthday cake, but you’ll soon cough it up and tuck into the next slice. it may rain throughout the entire fortnight of your holiday, but you’ll have no severed arms or legs. You may end up turning into an overripe banana, but imagine the delight you’ll provide for those fruit flies!

In the season to be scared, watching a few episodes of Willo the Wisp will guarantee nightmare-free sleep. The bonus about having an Evil Edna nightmare is that you’ll probably start giggling in your sleep. Your giggling could possibly turn into full-on laughter and full-on laughter could lead to you wetting the bed. During the season to be scared, if you do wake-up surrounded inside a huge wet patch of wee, it wasn’t Freddie or Chucky… it was Evil Edna.

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