Orson Welles and The Mercury Theatre on the Air: The War of the Worlds (1938)

Grab a bowl of popcorn, gather the family around and have a listen to one of the greatest (maybe accidental, maybe not) Halloween pranks ever perpetuated on an unsuspecting public.

When it was first broadcast in 1938, a large portion of the six million listeners tuned in too late to hear the beginning notification that this was an adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel. A good deal of chaos ensued when that sizable slice of the radio audience (estimated at over a million people) thought there was an actual alien invasion.

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