The Kingston Area Connection to “Stranger Things” Season 2

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The American science fiction-horror television show Stranger Things released its second season on Netflix today.

Set in the 1980s in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, the first season involved the disappearance of a young boy and the search that followed by police and the boy’s friends and family. An investigation that becomes entwined with supernatural events happening around the town and the appearance of a young girl with special powers.

Season 2 begins just before Halloween in 1984 with the main group of boys soon appearing in their holiday costumes. Like many trick-or-treaters that year, the boys chose to go out as the stars of ’84’s biggest box office money maker: Ghostbusters.

Check out the boys in their GB costumes in this Comic Con Trailer:

However, to use those costumes it turns out the show needed to get the approval of Ghostbusters creator and star, Dan Aykroyd, along with its director, Ivan Reitman.

Fortunately, as reported by EW, the two did give the show a thumbs up so the young Ghostbusters could dress up as those famous paranormal combatants.

Along with giving their consent, Aykroyd and Reitman also sent Ghostbusters gifts to members of the cast. One of the young stars, Finn Wolfhard, excited posted a photo of the accompanying card to Instagram.


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And when it comes to the possibility of a Ghostbusters live-action TV show of its own, Dan Aykoyd told Cinemablend that Netflix might make a great home for that too.

“Yes. Absolutely. Sure. Sure. I can see several possibilities there. You know? Take a cue from these guys in Stranger Things and maybe have the Ghostbusters in high school or something.” Aykroyd said.

Ghostbusters was originally envisioned by Dan Aykroyd at his Kingston-area ancestral home where generations of the Aykroyd family were involved with studying the paranormal.

As Aykroyd explained in a CBC interview with George Stroumboulopoulos, his great-grandfather was a psychic researcher and Kingston dentist who held seances at the farm:

You can watch every episode from both seasons of Stranger Things now on Netflix.