Happy Halloween, y'all! Or All Hallow's Eve, if you prefer.
And guess what I am for Halloween this year? A Viking! I usually plan my costume as early as September, but I couldn't think of anything this year, so my mother said, "You've really been having fun with that kid dragon movie. The one with Vikings. Why don't you be a Viking?" Bingo! So I am a Viking, and my horse Jetta is my noble war mount! (She even looks the part. She's the right color, size, and ruggedness.)
I know this song isn't exactly Halloween-themed, but "The Bird and the Worm" by The Used has always creeped me out a bit. This is the instrumental version of that song, and it is my personal Halloween theme. I tried to make this movie more horror-ific than epic; however, I think it turned into an epic, especially toward the end. Oh, well. I can try something scary next year. I think this is still pretty neat to look at, anyway.
Due to time constraints, I put a lot less scenes in this than I wanted to. I also had to cut the song to finish it (there's at least two cuts), and I had no time left to make credits. So I've provided them here.
"The Bird and the Worm" instrumental
by The Used
How to Train Your Dragon
Legend of the Boneknapper
Dragons: Riders of Berk commercial
Dragons: Riders of Berk opening
Dragons: Riders of Berk Episode 2: "Viking for Hire"
Dragons: Riders of Berk Episode 4: "The Terrible Twos"
Dragons: Riders of Berk Episode 5: "In Dragons We Trust"
Dragons: Riders of Berk Episode 6: "Alvin and the Outcasts"
Dragons: Riders of Berk Episode 7: "How to Pick Your Dragon"
Dragons: Riders of Berk Episode 8: "Portrait of Hiccup as a Buff Man"
Dragons: Riders of Berk Episode 9: "Dragon Flower"
I think this is the first HTTYD vid I've made since "What Have You Done Now?" that didn't include Gift of the Night Fury clips.
Now, why, of all my fandoms, did I decide to use HTTYD for my Halloween special? There's a couple reasons. One is that I've made many, many friends in this fandom, including some very special ones, and I wanted a video they could watch and enjoy. Another is that, of all the fandoms I make videos for, none of the characters really celebrate Halloween because they are either animals or characters in different worlds.
Vikings, on the other hand, had a Halloween festival, or at least a similar festival around the same time. It was called Winternights, and it marked the beginning of winter. The festival began October 29 and ended November 2. This time of feasting was celebrated in remembrance of the dead. It was also time when one was inclined to have shamanic abilities and divine visions. So a Halloween vid for a movie about Vikings is surprisingly appropriate, although Winternights did not include a lot of the darker themes we now associate with Halloween. Winternights is one of the many pagan festivals (Germans and Celts had similar festivals about the same time) that the Roman Catholics converted into All Saints' Day (November 1), a day to celebrate dead saints. The day before All Saints' Day is called All Hallow's Eve, which has been converted into Halloween over time. So Winternights is really an origin of our Halloween!
Okay, I think that's all. Thanks for watching! If you want to see more HTTYD Halloween videos, I've made one every year since this one:
O Red Death: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTnb5...
Counting Bodies Like SHEEP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9PS1...
Once again, Happy Halloween! And Happy Winternights!