Seventy years ago in a Halloween episode of the Mercury Theatre on the Air, Orson Welles whipped millions of Americans into a martian-crazed panic with his radio play adaptation of H.G. Welles'
This, said Orson Welles, was the "Mercury Theatre's own radio version of dressing up in a sheet. . .jumping out of a bush and saying 'Boo!' So goodbye everybody, and remember please for the next day or so the terrible lesson you learned tonight: that grinning, glowing, globular invader of your living room is an inhabitant of the pumpkin patch and if your doorbell rings and nobody's there, that was no Martian, it's Halloween."
Hunker down with your favorite Halloween candy and hear what all the fuss was about by listening to the original radio broadcast.
( Image courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery) (Audio courtesy of Archive.org)