I do this every Halloween, without fail, for going on ten years now, which I suppose makes it a tradition. On October 30th, the eve of Halloween, Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre players (who would go on to make Citizen Kane) broadcast a Martian invasion of Earth LIVE on CBS radio. It was so realistic (and let's be honest, so 1938) that they caused a limited panic in their listening area because people thought it was real. (Most people were in the habit of tuning in just after the beginning of the program, and Orson knew this and took advantage of it.) Fuckers thought they were being invaded by little green men in death machines from the planet Mars. Super cool shit. I am envious of Orson, for having played one of the greatest pranks the world has ever seen. Imagine, having that kind of chaos at your disposal. The stations and affiliates received such a huge volume of calls that there was an announcement made between sections of the program clarifying for the average listener (clearly not fans of the other Mr. Wells) that there was NOT, in fact, an actual Martian invasion currently underway, so maybe you'd like to just chill out and enjoy the show. Please stop calling. Anyway, in celebration of one my favorite parts of Americana, and just the raw ability it takes to create that kind of havoc, and also the fact that it's just a good show (better than any version since), I listen to this every year.
Now, you can too.