Today I will be celebrating by posting this link to The Mercury Theater On The Air site, where one can download the original production of Orson Welles's WAR OF THE WORLDS, as first broadcast on October 30, 1938! It's a great show, and more interesting yet is the response from the public, many of whom believed it. Here's a Wikipedia article on the phenomenon-- you can see that a skeptical mindset really came in handy when listening to it!
In the spirit of the season, I will leave you with the famous closing words of that broadcast:
This is Orson Welles, ladies and gentlemen, out of character to assure you that The War of The Worlds has no further significance than as the holiday offering it was intended to be. The Mercury Theatre's own radio version of dressing up in a sheet and jumping out of a bush and saying Boo! Starting now, we couldn't soap all your windows and steal all your garden gates by tomorrow night. . . so we did the best next thing. We annihiliated the world before your very ears, and utterly destroyed the C. B. S. You will be releieved, I hope, to learn that we didn't mean it, and that both institutions are still open for business. So goodbye everybody, and remember the terrible lesson you learned tonight. That grinning, glowing, globular invader of your living room is an inhabitant of the pumpkin patch, and if your doorbell rings and nobody's there, that was no Martian. . .it's Hallowe'en.