Beetlejuice Glossary

Manchurian tung oil

An oil used to finish furniture.

Harry Belafonte

A popular Jamaican-American singer, actor, and social activist who has been heralded as the "King of Calypso."

The Exorcist

A horror film from 1973 about the demonic possession of a young woman.


A fictional cylindrical creature that lives on a desert planet.

Diorama or Model

A miniature, three-dimensional representation of a place.


A "young urban professional," often with slightly derogatory connotations.

ant farm

A vivarium used to house ants and simulate their colonies.


pale purple

Ozzie and Harriet

The mother and father from the sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in the 1950s and 60s. Their family is considered "TV's first family" and is known for its wholesome tone.


A building with a toilet, but no plumbing, disconnected from the main house.


a blue-green color

L.L. Bean

An American retail store specializing in New England clothing and outdoor recreation equipment.


Short for monosodium glutamate, a commonly occurring amino acid found in cheese and tomatoes, among other foods.


A room a photographer uses to develop film.

"the sticks"

rural area, far from city life.

skeleton key

A key that fits in many locks.


A kind of candy bar.


a calming medication.

The Living Theatre

An American experimental theatre company founded in 1947.


events that exceed accepted scientific understanding.