THE HYPE MONSTER BASH HALLOWEEN IS THE TIME FOR THIS COUPLE TO SAY BOO(DENBROCK).
Perhaps it's the coffin in the dining room that gives it away.
The couple, self-confessed Halloween fanatics, will throw their eighth biennial Halloween party this weekend - and it should be monstrous.
Especially since Frankenstein's creation itself will be there.
The party's theme is based on Mel Brooks' 1974 classic film ``Young Frankenstein,'' and the Boodenbrocks have turned their home into Herr Doktor's monster-creating lab, complete with authentic-looking - uh - equipment, smoke machines, gargoyles, dungeon-style wallpaper and some pretty creepy blood-spattered walls with accompanying severed limbs.
Invitations were tucked inside copies of the video, with instructions to come dressed as a character out of the film, or an angry villager or polka dancer. And the couple's friends are getting into the spirit. In addition to the obvious - Frank will be Gene Wilder's Dr. Frankenstein (``That's 'Fraahnk-en-steen!' '') and Fable is Teri Garr's Inga (``Sank you, Doktor'') - others are getting even more creative. The official Frau Blucher will be accompanied by the neighing horse, and another guest plans to dress as the bookcase (``Put ze candle BACK!). Guests also have been instructed to study their videos because ``there will be a test,'' says Frank.
But don't expect any greased grape ``eyeballs.'' The shindig is strictly authentic: German food with a pig's head and real sheep's eyes for garnish, plus beer served by a hefty Hilda character. And you don't even want to know what other slimy stuff is planned.
Suffice it to say that the Boodenbrocks won't need to pick your brain.
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THAT'S THE SPIRIT
CROSSING OVER: Getting in touch with the spirit world may be as easy as visiting a bookstore near you this weekend. Celebrity guides will lead the way.
Actress Shirley MacLaine will be taking you along her spiritual journey on ``The Camino'' and signing her book of the same name. Be sure to ask her about her past lives. Discussion of the book begins at 8 p.m. Friday at Borders Books, 9301 Tampa Ave., Northridge.
Psychic Kenny Kingston, who still claims to be in touch with Harry Truman, John Lennon and Princess Diana, among others, will be signing copies of ``I Still Talk To ... .''
As a signing bonus, we're told, Kingston will reveal the true meaning of Halloween. The haunting begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble, 4735 Commons Way, Calabasas.
(1 -- 4) Halloween will be party time for Frank and Fable Boodenbrock of Agoura Hills. For this year's ``Young Frankenstein'' affair, he will dress as the young Dr. Frankenstein (as portrayed by Gene Wilder), while she will be Inga (Teri Garr). The coffin (it's real and it's theirs), the skull goblets and the - um - creative bathroom decor are all part of horrors in store for their party guests.
Joe Binoya/Special to the Daily News