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Who Killed Cock Robin, A Cautionary Tale for Halloween

It's gory and bit twisted. Pacifica storytellers, Adrienne Doherty and Adrian Smith, retell the traditional nursery rhyme “Who Killed Cock Robin” just in time for Halloween.

Pacifica artists and storytellers Adrian Smith and Adrienne Doherty have done it again, this time a new tale for Halloween that’s “visually gory” and perhaps "a tad too spicy for young children,” said Smith.

"Who Killed Cock Robin, A Cautionary Tale for Halloween" is a twisted retelling of the traditional nursery rhyme “Who Killed Cock Robin.”

Running about three minutes long, “Who Killed Cock Robin” can be viewed here.

Smith wrote and performed the music accompanying the video with original illustrations by H.L. Stephens from “The Death and Burial of Poor Cock Robin” published in 1865.

Last year’s Halloween story, “The Haunted Bridge,” features the old Ocean Shore Railroad that used to run between San Francisco and Santa Cruz. It tells the story of a young girl who stands up for her little sister when an impudent ghost insists on bursting her balloons.

Doherty and Smith are known for telling stories that are set in their own community and taking something that is very familiar and then turning it upside down and seek out its mysteries and eccentricities.

More of their holiday videos can be seen here.

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