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13 Things You Need to Know About Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

October 21, 2015
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (photo by Mathu Anderson)

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (photo by Mathu Anderson)

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark has been The Queen of Halloween for decades. But do you have all of the scoop on the vampirish cult character and her alter ego– actress and brilliant business woman Cassandra Peterson? Below are 13 fascinating facts to get you up to speed on all things Elvira.

1. She is a Halloween regular at Knotts Scary Farm, where she stars in her own live stage show.

2. On Sunday, October 25th, Elvira will be a special guest judge on the Food Network’s Halloween Wars (9pm ET/PT).

3. Her favorite Halloween candy is candy corn.

4. Cassandra Peterson helped design her own Elvira costume in 1981, when she was hired to host a local B-rated horror movie television show.

5. Cassandra Peterson was absolutely shocked when Elvira became a national sensation. “[Initially] It was one of those jobs I didn’t know if it was going to last more than a week. I was very skeptical,” says Peterson.

6. Creating amazing costumes is in Peterson’s genes. While she was growing up, her mother and aunt owned a costume store where she would work during the busy Halloween season.



7. Her favorite scary movie is her own funny flick Elvira, Mistress of the Dark! which Peterson calls a “Halloween classic”.

8. Fear the Walking Dead is her favorite, current, scary show.

9. The Addams Family and Bewitched remain her retro, Halloween-inspired television favorites.

10. Cassandra Peterson is the owner of Queen B Productions where she oversees the Elvira brand and merchandises Elvira products.

11. Elvira has made appearances on everything from the Grammys to NBC Football. She has appeared on The Tonight Show seven times.

12. Cassandra Peterson was a member of the improv group The Groundlings.

13. Cassandra Peterson appeared in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure starring fellow Groundlings’ alum Paul Reubens.

Listen to a Halloween Classic podcast with Elvira’s Cassandra Peterson here or on iTunes.

Dr. Nancy Berk

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, entertainment and fan base strategist, multimedia content creator, and President of Nancy Berk Media LLC. An online entertainment columnist for PARADE magazine and host of the celebrity podcast Whine At 9—featuring conversations with over 300 celebrities and show business insiders, Nancy has chatted and laughed with Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy winners, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. A celebrity favorite, she is known for her skilled and sensitive interviewing and ability to incorporate subtle humor in her conversations, shows, and stories. Nancy’s self-help humor book College Bound and Gagged: How to Help Your Kid Get into a Great College without Losing Your Savings, Your Relationship, or Your Mind can be seen in the feature film Admission starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.

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11 Responses to 13 Things You Need to Know About Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

  1. Kyndra Love
    October 26, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Shockingly, I already knew all these facts. I love Elvira so much, I’ve been a fan since I was 10 in the 5th grade. Hopefully I can meet the queen of Halloween someday!!

    • shawna spellacy
      October 27, 2015 at 3:13 am

      I met her once and got an autograph picture. It was as route 66 in San Bernardino. She was very nice and very petite!

  2. Ronald Flowers
    October 25, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Thanks!!a big fan of Elvira!!

  3. Ronald Flowers
    October 25, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    205 Windover Ave

  4. sam hain
    October 25, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    I was hoping to find out if her rack is real or fake.

    • Soapbox0916
      October 25, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      Yes, it is real. There are numerous articles that explain in more detail. She also uses contouring makeup to enhance her assets.

    • Kyndra e
      October 26, 2015 at 12:38 am

      It’s real. I’m pretty sure she’s answered that question before

  5. Lee
    October 25, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    The number one thing to know about Miss E:

    She’s one of the awesomest people to have ever lived.

  6. October 22, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks Donna! You two would be BFFs. I’m not kidding. Both kind and fun AND great business women.

  7. October 21, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    This was so much fun! I loved this interview and she is one amazing business woman too! Thanks for being part of Humor Meets Horror Month

    • October 22, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks! I love Elvira. Always was a huge fan and it’s fun to know someone who got to know her! I live vicariously through you!

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