Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving McRibb!

By the time most of you read this Thanksgiving will have come and gone. Parades are through, football is over, and leftover bits of this and that decorate the innards your refrigerator.

As I write this, however, it is still technically turkey day. At least it will be for another couple hours. Hopefully each of you had a blessed Thursday. I know for me it was fairly uneventful. Caught the last thirty minutes or so of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade... which is one of those things that I feel like nobody ever really sets out to watch but sort of ends up off in the background anyway.

After a bit of football and a quick bite of some turkey it was off to work (at my real job!) for a few hours... in which I basically accomplished nothing and got payed time and a half for it. Truly living the American Dream, folks.

I decided to avoid any of the big "Pre-Black Friday" sales currently going on... for the most part. On my way home a quick detour past the local K-Mart peaked my interested just enough to stop in.

Ended up leaving with both Pacific Rim and Wold War Z on Blu-Ray for $10 a piece and Tim Burton's Dark Shadows on DVD for $5. Not a bad little haul if I do say so myself. The remainder of my night was spent watching said Dark Shadows movie... and despite the mostly negative reviews it received, I ended up enjoying most of the movie.

But we are not here to talk about Dark Shadows. Not tonight anyhow. What I really set out to accomplish this evening was to gush about the return of the McRibb sandwich for the thousands time. What's old is new and new is old... or something.

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I know this isn't exactly breaking new ground and writing about a sandwich that somehow has Ammonium Sulfate as one of its ingredients is not exactly the key to internet stardom... but damn it some things I must simply do! And loving the McRibb is one of them.

In the same way that Cranberry Splash is like the unofficial soft drink of the Holiday Season, I view the stupidly bad for you McRibb in the exact same light. It's just not Christmastime until I've had one. Or two. Or seventeen.

You know sometimes Charlie Brown is correct, Christmas should not be defined by the material items around us but instead be about family and faith. Other times... he's flat out full o'fucking shit. Christmas is totally defined by stupid bullshit like imitation pork sandwiches.... I feel like if Mr. Brown had access to the McRibb he would be on my side with this one.

In conclusion while you are out punching strangers in the face Black Friday shopping... you really 'aught to pause for a brief couple of minutes and enjoy a good old fashion holiday McRibb sandwich. It's not really the holiday season until you do so!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Nightmare Before Christmas Jelly Belly Coffin!

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If there is any time of the year to really appreciate Tim Burton's animated classic "The Nightmare Before Christmas" it would have to be right now, during the first few weeks of November.

The rotting corpse of the Halloween Season is still fresh in everyone's mind and if you dig hard enough, remnants of its ghostly shell can still be found in the far corners of most major retail stores.

And yet Christmastime has all but arrived. Everyplace you look is covered in red and green holiday cheer. It makes for a wonderfully strange mix of both seasons at the exact same time. Especially in the days immediately following Halloween when it literally becomes possible to celebrate both seasons together at once.

It creates the perfect atmosphere to talk about "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and thankfully almost every year something new springs up that sports the films iconic brand.

And as luck would have it, apparently 2013 marks the films 20th Anniversary which among other things means holy shit I'm getting old... as well as creating the perfect opportunity to stick TNBC branding on anything and everything possible. Which explains why we seen a slightly larger presence for the film this Halloween Season.

Enter the Jelly Belly Coffin! My current new favorite thing ever. I've had this little purple tin in my possession since roughly September, making it one of the first purchases I made of the 2013 Halloween Season... but I've held off writing about it until now for all the reasons that I stated at the beginning of this article.

I totally get why we see more "Nightmare Before Christmas" items released during the Halloween Season as opposed to its Christmas counterpart, but I've always believed that the spirit of the picture truly makes it a holiday film.

As a piece of Halloween Candy, the Jelly Belly Coffin ran the risk of being completely overshadowed by all the larger releases of the season. It's hard to dedicate a couple thousand words to jelly beans when you've got friggin' 40 year old brands of Monster Cereal being resurrected at the exact same time.

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As a piece of Christmas Candy, however... the Nightmare Before Christmas Jelly Belly Coffin becomes something extra special. There is literally nothing else like this currently for sale on the market. It stands out as something unique and different in a sea of proverbial reds and greens.

I don't remember exactly what I spent on the Jelly Belly Coffin but I'm positive it couldn't have been more than a couple bucks. For what its worth you get a fairly sturdy little tin that would have made a great place for the little nuances... bits and pieces you collect as a child.

Extra Lego parts. Donatello's staff. The head of some rogue GI Joe. Loose junk change. It would all easily fit inside and create a perfect "hiding space" for those childhood valuables.

Which is a definite plus because in terms of actual jelly beans, you're going to get the shaft. I had a grand total of 40 pieces lurking inside mine. Not even enough to fill the casket up half way. Needless to say if you are buying this one for the candy, you'll end up a bit disappointed by the time it is all said and done.

As for me... I could not be happier to own the Nightmare Before Christmas Jelly Belly Coffin. Now hopefully we'll see some more TNBC branded stuff before the 2013 Holiday Season is finished!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

2013 Christmas Activity List!

I was at the shopping mall yesterday afternoon and found that the place had literally been converted into Christmas HQ. Every store was filled with holiday shopping sales, Christmas trees, and appropriately festive music playing in the background.

I couldn't be happier! It always takes me a few extra days to shift from Halloween mode into Christmastime but once I get here, there is basically no place I would rather be.

Unfortunately like anyone else I get busy and tend to put off celebrating the holiday season until "it gets closer to the holidays". Before long its five days until Christmas and I'm trying to cram two months worth of festivities into a few short evenings.

This is not the correct way to enjoy the holiday season. Its best to spread your activities out over the course of the next couple months and by the time its all said and done you'll feel like you've actually accomplished something fun instead of simply being along for the ride.

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Enter the Christmas Activity List! An idea I started last season which quickly became one of my new favorite holiday traditions. The just of the idea is this: create some type of list... I prefer to use colored construction paper but you are limited only by your imagination for this one. Display it in a spot that you'll look at every single day, and fill it with as many different holiday activities as you possibly can.

The beauty of the list is that "activity" can be as loosely defined as you'd like it to be. Whatever makes for a fun Christmas season to you personally... stick it on there. And don't be afraid to put in a bunch of "gimme spaces" between actual stuff you plan on doing.

First Snowfall. Thanksgiving Day. Christmas Eve. I think its just as important to add in things that are bound to happen anyway mixed in with whatever else you want to do to celebrate the season.

My list includes everything from wrapping presents, setting up the tree, baking cookies, watching holiday films. And a few strange things that I'll challenge myself to find the time to do. Such as taking a photo with my Jason Voorhees prop dressed up in Santa Claus gear.

Each time I accomplish an "event" I place a Christmas themed sticker over top of the square. It doesn't seem like much... but it totally works! I love watching my Activity List slowly get filled up with different holiday stickers as the days slowly tick down to Christmas Eve.

I encourage everyone to take a little bit of time and create your own personal Activity List. Stick as much or as little onto it as you'd like. It may sound like a silly idea... but if you really want to enjoy the season its the best way I've found to do so!

Friday, November 8, 2013

2013 Coca Cola Christmas Cans!

The holidays are no longer coming... they have arrived! Despite the fact that Halloween was just a few short days ago, almost everyplace you look is now 100% covered in glowing red and green lights. Complete with Bing Crosby playing quietly off in the background.

I'm totally alright with this. I live for Halloween but by the time the 31st is finished I really am ready to pack away the Halloween decorations and take a break from all things creepy and spooky... for at least a few months.

In the mean time... welcome to the 2013 Christmas Countdown! For this years theme I decided to pick one of my favorite holiday cartoons, The Year Without A Santa Claus! Featuring everyone's favorite sibling rivals the Heat Miser and Snow Miser!

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Now the real star of the show. 2013 Coca Cola Christmas Cans have arrived! ... and they feature polar bears again. At least this design does. You see Coke has something extra special planned for 2013, they are giving us three different designs this holiday season.

The first in the trio is the newly designed polar bear can featured above. For those not familiar with such events, allow me to act as your resident historian. In recent years Coke has turned the whole "polar bear" thing into a bit of an overblown fiasco.

It started innocently enough in 2011 with a partnership between Coke and the WWF (that would be the World Wildlife Fund and not Randy Savage). The idea was noble. Start a "Save the Polar Bears" campaign for that holiday season. Coke is famous for using them during its holiday commercials, and generally speaking tends to rotate its seasonal can designs between the bears and Santa Claus.

Clearly everyone's heart was in the right spot, unfortunately they made the mistake of releasing traditional Coca-Cola in an all white can that year. Which confused costumers into thinking it was actually Diet Coke instead of regular Coke. A statement I could not make up if I tried.

Coke very quickly tried to make amends by flipping the cans color scheme and releasing a second version with a red background and white bears. It was a serviceable fix to what shouldn't have really been an issue in the first place.

For the following year, 2012... everyone (myself included) expected Coke to distance itself as far as possible from the previous years slight mishap and release a joyfully new design with the return of Santa Claus.

Nope. Instead they stuck with the alternative red can from 2011. At this point it was safe to say that the Coke/WWF partnership was a disaster. Soda collectors like myself felt extremely let down that 2012 was a rehash of a failed design from the previous year.

Part of the joy in collecting these cans is getting something new and unique each and every season. Even if the white/red designs from 2011 wasn't exactly the best thing ever... it created enough of a controversy to become an interesting footnote in Cokes history. 2012 on the other hand was just flat out forgettable.

.... with the exception of the strange 7.5 oz cans that popped up roughly a week before Christmas that featured none other than Mr. Claus himself. But that can was a bit of an enigma in and upon itself. Why it was only ever released in a 7.5 oz can instead of the full sized variety I will never know. Yet another strange facet to the every growing complex narrative that has become these holiday cans.

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 Somehow all of this leads us to 2013... and the first of three new designs coming from the fine folks at the Coca Cola corporation. Up first we have a new polar bear can. Given Cokes recent track record with these bears, I was initially quite bummed out to see them once again.

But I feel like once you really stop and take a look at this first design, one can grow to appreciate what we have sitting in front of us. This isn't some generic polar bear like the last two seasons... this is a return to the actual Coke bear mascot that everyone has grown accustomed to seeing.

This I am totally cool with! Clearly, Coca Cola is still rocking the WWF partnership but its been moved more into the background... instead of being the only thing featured on the artwork. Honestly, this is the way it should have always been.

That fact alone makes this first outing a massive improvement over the prior years efforts. You'll really only find the "please donate" stuff on one flap of the cardboard container. The can itself is free from any such slogans.

About the only thing missing is the yellow "Holiday 2013" text that used to be found on every seasonal can. Like I've stated previously, that might not be a big deal to the average consumer but to someone who collects these designs each and every year... the lack of such text is a pretty big bummer.

Overall though, I'd say we are off to a solid start. I've no idea what the other two designs are going to look like. Perhaps they are simply these same two bears, only in different poses. Maybe one of the cans will feature Santa Claus. Maybe it won't... at this point it is hard telling what exactly Coke has in store.

Either way I am looking forward to hunting down the next two designs! And am equally as excited to see what else the 2013 Christmas Season has in store!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween, 2013!

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Happy Halloween Everyone! The 2013 season as been spectacularly spooky this year, even if I haven't always been able to devote the time I'd like to writing about it. I assure you all that I did everything in my power to live it. And I hope each and every one of you did the same.

If you are reading this on the 31st the time is now to cram in as much last minute mayhem until the clock strikes midnight. Personally, I plan on spending the rest of my night watching "The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and seeing what spooky sights and sounds YouTube has to offer tonight.

November 1st will bring about much change, the same as it does every year. All the creepy decor we've grown accustomed to for the last month and a half will quickly give way to Santa Claus and Rudolph.

I welcome the change and in some ways enjoy the drastic shift from Halloween to Christmas. But not tonight! Tonight is best spent dancing with the devil, under full moon and chilled winds.

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Return of Frute Brute and Yummy Mummy Cereal!

Every once and a while a limited edition release comes around that's so big it transcends the season and cross over into the mainstream. Last year Candy Corn Oreo's achieved that notoriety and this year General Mill's Monster Cereals have made the very same push!

It's late in the month so I won't pretend like this is late breaking news anymore. If you are the kind of person to get excited about vintage themed boxes of cereal, chances are you've known about this for a while now and already have each of these in your collection.

That still doesn't stop this from being the coolest Halloween release I've seen in years! And it's one that came completely out of left field, too! Nobody seen this coming and perhaps it is for that very reason that made what I am about to show you seem to extra special.

But first... a bit of a history lesson. Most of you are probably aware of "the big three" Monster Cereals from General Mills. Count Chocula, Frankenberry, and Boo Berry. Once upon a time Frankenberry and Boo Berry were the rare sort of bastard stepchild of Count Chocula. Always in production, but released at seemingly random stretches of time and never readily available.

Finding a box of either (though particularly Boo Berry) was a bit like winning the lottery. If you somehow managed to obtain all three at the same time... motherfucking bliss.

And despite the obvious correlation one could draw to the Halloween Season none of them where technically seasonal releases. Sure you'd be a little more likely to find them during October... but then again you'd stand just as good of chance as any to stumble across a rogue Frankenberry display in the middle of July.

Over the years General Mills caught on and turned these three cereals into full fledged Halloween themed items. Coming out of hiding only for a couple months here at the end of the year, and really for the first time making all three readily available.

No longer did you have to sacrifice the blood of a small goat to procure a box of Boo Berry. Now all it took was a little patience and a trip to your local Target and the sweet stuff could be yours!

All of this is great and I wouldn't change it for anything. I love the fact that no matter what else happens with the Halloween Season, I can always count on a few mainstay's to enjoy throughout the month. General Mills Monster Cereals are clearly right at home with Halloween Oreo's and those Reeses Pumpkins that everyone loves so much.

But eventually the formula of seeing the same three cereals year in and year out started to feel a little... flat. No matter how appreciative I may be of the fact that Boo Berry and Frankenberry now accompany Count Chocula each Halloween Season ... it's hard to be really excited when they are by in large the exact same thing every year.

Rarely does General Mills change the look of the boxes, something that if I was in charge would be updated every season. So for collectors like myself, there is very little need to purchase a box for 2011 when its the same design that we seen in 2010 ... which was the same design as 2009. And so on and so fourth.

So what is General Mills to do? How about releasing two more flavors of cereal ... ones that us hardcore Monster Cereal collectors only every dream of owning. I am of course talking about the Return of Frute Brute and Yummy Mummy Cereal!

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Holy lord. I've died and gone to heaven. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I'd ever have a chance to own either of these cereals... let alone new updated versions of them that I'd actually be able to eat!

Frute Brute's original production run lasted from 1975 - 1984. In keeping with the whole Monster Cereal theme it's mascot was a funky looking werewolf in multicolored suspenders. Because hey ... this was 1975.

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The short lived Frute Brute cereal would eventually be succeeded by the even shorter lived Yummy Mummy cereal. Debuting in 1987 the original version of Yummy Mummy would only survive until 1993 before eventually being canned, presumably for good.

I am just old enough to actually remember seeing Yummy Mummy for sale during its original run. Back when all of the Monster Cereals were more of a hit or miss deal ... for some reason Yummy Mummy and Count Chocula were the ones easily available in my area. And now I get a chance to enjoy the cereal once again! How cool is that?

I'm sure you noticed both boxes in the photos above. General Mills really swung for the fences this year. Not only did they revive two previously long forgotten flavors of cereal, but they went ahead and gave Target exclusive rights to a series of retro themed packages too!

All five cereals (Count Chocula, Frankenberry, Boo Berry, Yummy Mummy, and Frute Brute) have an extra special limited edition retro package done up to look exactly like there original package artwork from the 1970s!

So not only do you now have a change to eat two flavors of cereal that haven't been available for 20+ years now ... you can do so in boxes that look like they fell directly out of a time machine! It's the very definition of a "win-win situation"

As the Halloween Season draws dangerously close to its end... if you haven't taken the time to locate either of these boxes, I strongly suggest doing so. There is just simply no way of knowing if those awesome retro boxes will return next season. Or if all five flavors will be making a comeback in 2014. This could be a once in a life time opportunity. Make sure you don't miss it!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Vintage '90s Halloween Decorations!

Before we dive into today's article, I would like to apologize for the lack of updates around here. It sticks when I wait literally all year for the month of October to hit and then get slammed with extra responsibilities in my daily duties. But as is life! I promise to fill the rest of the month with as much Halloween content as possible!

Now... how about some Vintage 1990's Halloween Decorations!

Yea that's right... video content! If you can sit through all eleven minutes of it you won't be any wiser but you'll sure see some cool retro decorations! Enjoy and stay spooky!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Dreaming of a White Christmas...

Tonight is one of those nights. It's cold. It's raining. I slow cooked chili earlier in the day and am on my third bowl as I type this post right now. Folks, it feels like Christmastime!

I know... I should be taking advantage of this dreary September evening and plunking away on this seasons Halloween Countdown with some obscure horror flick playing off in the background. Partaking in the current seasons devilish delights, but I cannot help it tonight we are going to look forward and see what Santa Claus has in store for 2013!

By most accounts the coming Christmas Season isn't really coming any longer. It's practically already here! I could easily go off on some Charlie Brown inspired rant about the commercialization of the holidays and how "Halloween should have its turn!" but for as frustrating as mistletoe and holly decorating storefronts in September may be, I not so secretly enjoy every last bit of it!

With a season as broad as Christmas it is basically impossible to pinpoint exactly what seasonal items come first in the... season? If this paragraph makes it past the final edit just assume I've passed out from eating to much chili.

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The point I'm eventually trying to make is that when new holiday items start showing up on store shelves, Winter Collection Glade Air Freshener's are always among the first to arrive.

Part of the reason why I am choosing to write about them now rather than later is that it's easy to overlook something as simple as Glade Air Freshener's when the snow is flying and holiday lights are flashing. And you really shouldn't!

Glade does a top notch job with these little scented wonders each and every year. This season's efforts range from the traditional (Sparkling Spruce and Apple Cinnamon Cheer) to the mysterious (Frosted Berry Kiss?) and ends with one that smells like Vanilla, because everyone runs out of good ideas eventually. Even the folks who work at Glade's scent department.

I suggest going out and purchasing one of each whenever you got the opportunity. They are a great way to get an early taste of the holiday season without outright decorating your house in red and green. Besides, having something that smells like the holidays is equally as important as covering half your house in colored lights. They may be small, but Glade's Winter Collection is one of those things that ties together the entire mood of a season!

I hate closing paragraphs. So here is a link to a YouTube clip of the Sleeping Bag Kill from Friday the 13th: Part 7. And with that I promise the next entry will be a return to all things spooky and creepy here at The Lounge! Merry Christmas Everyone!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Pumpkin Spice M&Ms + Bewitching Tic Tac's!

A few days ago I made a trip to Target to scout out the Halloween Section and was honestly surprised to see that for the most part it was still Back to School Central.

This bummed me out. The Halloween Season seemed like it was poised to come earlier than ever this year and then all of a sudden... it's like everything got put on hold. Perhaps its because we've known about what General Mill's has up its sleeves for a few weeks now, and the anticipation of that event makes everything else seem a little less exciting.

Whatever the case may be... by most accounts every major retailer is slacking off so far this season. My local Target didn't have anything in the way of props or costumes yet but what they did have was a 'work in progress' selection of different candies and beverages.

This was good enough for me. The older I get the more I've come to terms with the fact that 90% of the decorations sold around Halloween-time are overpriced and kind of crappy. You get that sense of instant gratification walking down the isles, looking at $80 severed heads and $20 tombstones. But the real fun comes with the strange limited edition flavors, sights, and sounds, released this time of year.

If you are looking for Candy Corn Oreo's ... those have returned in full force for 2013. Ghoul-Aid has also made a comeback for the 3rd season now. Each was a heavy hitter from a previous season. Each ready and willing to delight new customers this Halloween Season.

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2013 has some big surprises in store. And while I'm not sure if Tic Tac's and M&M's can compete on the same size or scale with some of the other stuff I picked up at Target... they are each worthy of written tribute in their own spooky little way.

Pumpkin Spice M&M's are an exclusive to Target for the 2013 season. I know because I spotted this half falling over sign that told me so. It makes me wonder if Wal-Mart will have an exclusive flavor of M&M or if this promotion is yet another thing that's been limited to just Target.

Regardless, I can say without a shadow of doubt that Pumpkin Spice M&M's are hands down the most horrific thing I have ever ate. And I don't mean that in some sort of ironic way for the Halloween Season. These suckers are down right horrible. 

Pumpkin Spice M&M's taste exactly like eating a Glade Scented Candle. They are bad, bad, bad. Even for a limited edition seasonal item, they are all kinds of awful. Words almost cannot describe the experience.

Avoid Pumpkin Spice M&M's at all costs! Unless the idea of taking a big ol' bite out of the side of a candle sounds intriguing to you, then by all means go out and purchase a bag. Everyone else... just avoid them!

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On the flip side we have Bewitching Tic Tac's. Out of all the companies to get down with the devil for Halloween it never really crossed my mind that Tic Tac's would eventually dress themselves in purple and black and go all Wiccan for the season.

I've literally no idea what the market for Halloween themed Tic Tac's are... but am I ever happy that they exist. It's like a little portable version of Halloween that I can carry around in my pocket and eat whenever I need a seasonal pick-me-up.

Or at least it could have been had I not dumped mine into a bowl full of Pumpkin Spice M&M's for that photograph up above. In terms of decisions that I almost immediately regret, that one ranks in my top two or three.

Because it turns out Bewitching Tic Tac's are really quite good. The flavors consist of orange and apple, which really have nothing to do with the Halloween Season but after the debacle that was Pumpkin Spice M&M's I'm perfectly fine settling for something that tastes good as opposed to something horrible wrapped in a seasonal disguise.

At the end of the day Bewitching Tic Tac's are not the biggest nor the best item of the 2013 Halloween Season ... heck I don't even know if they are new for this year or not. But what they are is clearly the most sincere Halloween item you are likely to find.

They exist because they can and not because they should. And for that I hold them in the highest regard! Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to go throw up those Pumpkin Spice M&M's that I just ate.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

VHS Artwork Roundup! -- Leif Jonker's DARKNESS

For our second entry in the VHS Artwork Roundup series I wanted to pick out a film that had the most over the top gross out artwork in my collection. And it didn't take a hell of a long time for me to figure out which film best fit that description...

Behold! Leif Jonker's DARKNESS! A movie that may or may not be about vampires and is most notable for being bat-shit fucking insane. Don't believe me? Just watch this trailer:

DARKNESS is one of those films that, while not particularly good, I feel like every horror movie fan should track down and see. It is literally a love letter to the genera. Complete with more gross out effects than I had previously thought possible for a single film. At it's best every scene is like that melting guy getting ran over at the end of RoboCop. Basically just take that and multiply it to the length of a major motion picture and you've got DARKNESS.

Yes the acting is rough. The plot is inconsistent. And it looks like it was shot on a shoestring budget. But none of that matters. What's important to remember is that this picture came out during a time (1993) when horror flicks was considered dead... and did so in a way that clearly gave zero fucks if it offended anyone. And for that fact alone, we must praise DARKNESS.

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And the VHS tape? I don't even think it could be displayed on the shelf of your local video store... even if someone wanted to. It's literally that intense of a cover. Just look at it. Can you imagine that sucker out for rent at 'Mom and Pops: Video USA' with a case like that? There is absolutely no way that one would fly with the general public.

Which is exactly why I love it so much! Despite it's flaws this movie has balls. It went places that most major films won't even dare think of. For as much as we all love Freddy and Jason by the time the later flicks in the series came about they had been commercialized the holy hell out of.  They were still horror movies but horror movies that had to sell a lot of outside promotional material.

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And that meant a certain amount of restrain had to be shown to these once dominant slashers. DARKNESS earns points on top of bloody points for simply not giving a fuck. It is what it is and you are either enough of a genera fan to love it or you'll be completely offended by it. There is no middle ground with this one. Which is the way horror movies should be!

All in all Leif Jonker's DARKNESS is another fantastically underrated piece of VHS artwork and one that I proudly display year round. Just waiting to offend anyone who dare gazes upon its unholy cover!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Halloween Lunchables with GHOUL-AID JAMMERS!

All work and no play may make Jack a dull boy... but I am fairly confident that if Jack was given a Halloween Lunchable with GHOUL-AID JAMMERS every now and then, he probably wouldn't murder his entire family.

As we reach the midway point in September I think it is absolutely imperative that everyone stops and spends the time right now to appreciate all the smaller spooktacular releases we've seen so far this Halloween Season.

October is the month best spent dabbling in the devil's best delights. October is Halloween and that is when all the heavy hitters come out to play. Chances are you'll be on sensory overload by then and if you wait too late into the season it becomes very easy to overlook something as simple as a Halloween Lunchable.

And this is not something you want to do!

The Halloween Lunchable quietly made its debut in 2012, late in the season and not to much fanfare. Last years model was basically just your average run of the mill Lunchable with a few cobwebs and bats on the front of the box. The big twist was the inclusion of Halloween Oreo's as the included snack.

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It was a modest first effort even if it went largely unnoticed by the masses. For the 2013 Halloween Season it looks like Lunchables learned from its mistakes and went all out in creating the creepiest portable lunch substitute this side of those old Kid Cuisine TV dinners from years ago.

And it's all made possible by the inclusion of one extra spooky component... GHOUL-AID JAMMERS! A true gift from the horror gods of Halloween! If you are somehow not familiar with Scary Blackberry Ghoul-Aid I suggest you check out this article I wrote a couple Halloween Seasons ago. It'll give you a complete history of the beverage as well as it's unexpected revival from a few years back.

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Let's not kid ourselves here, it's the inclusion of these Jammers that really pushes Halloween Lunchables from a thing that exists this Halloween to an absolute must have item of the season!

Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, Halloween, whatever the time of year it may be I know a season defining item when I see it. And folks, Ghoul-Aid Jammers is just that. Season defining.

You can currently find Jammers available in a big multipack box of about ten... so while the might not be exclusive to Halloween Lunchables I think the best way to enjoy them is right here. Packaged with a chocolate witch and some vaguely defined pizza ingredients. Quality over quantity. I squirm with delight at the prospect of owning an entire fridge full of Ghoul-Aid but it seems extra special when you only have the one to look forward to.

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Speaking of which... I'm sure you've noticed the Milk Chocolate Witch also included in the box. Had it not been for the Ghoul-Aid this little orange package of wonder would be the clear cut center of attention. Instead she must settle for second place, but trust me it is a very close second place.

Often times it's the little details such as this that'll shove an item from simply being alright into the realm of outstanding. Milk Chocolate Witch is exactly the kind of tipping point that Halloween Lunchables needed to push it over the edge. Ghoul-Aid and discombobulated chocolate witch heads tend to do just that.

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It's also one of the rare occasions in which the chocolate bar inside the wrapper looks exactly like the picture on the outside. These chocolate-candy characters are generally pretty hit or miss... most times falling on the miss side of things. I've got to give Halloween Lunchables mad props for pulling this one off!

And not only is it a good execution but it's also a well thought out design. I don't think that can be understated enough. It doesn't matter how well the candy pressing turns out, if the design it is based off of sucks in the first place... whats the point?

Thankfully that's not the case. I really like this witch. And I am not even a fan of witches in general. In regards to spooky Halloween decor they rank just below Tim Curry in drag and slightly above generic clipart spiders in terms of dumb shit that I never want to see again.

For my final score I'm going to give Halloween Lunchables ... 9 Tim Curry's Dressed in Drag out of a possible 10. A completely meaningless and made up point scale that I just thought of. Ultimately I had to deduct one point because the actual pizza aspect of this kit was hands down the single worst thing I've eaten this week.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

McDonalds Treat Bags from 1990!

Coming at you straight from the year 1990 is a set of three vinyl trick or treat bags presented by none other than McDonald's. I was three when these suckers first debuted so while I cannot say I remember them specifically I do know that at some point in my early childhood I must have owned a couple of them. They are far to familiar looking for me not to have.

A bit of backstory seems in order before we dive into the logistics of the vinyl bags. Specifically, the McBoo Pail. Pretty much everyone remembers those old McBoo Pails from around the same period of time. And everyone has fond memories of them. Rightfully so as the McBoo Pail wasn't just a festive fall substitution to the traditional Happy Meal formula. Once in your possession the McBoo Pail became a thing you'd utilize year round.

It collected candy when you went trick or treating. It housed loose pens, pencils, and crayons during Christmas vacation. After that it made the perfect home for extra Lego's or HotWheels cars. I can remember converting one of my McBoo Pails into a makeshift piggy-bank that sat on top of my dresser for years. Collecting bits of loose change and lord knows what else.

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Needless to say the McBoo Pail was the stuff of legend. Vinyl trick or treat bags... not so much. At least not at the time. In retrospect these things are pretty freaking awesome. But back then everyone cried foul when McDonalds attempted to shift away from the traditional pail formula.

While not as versatile as the McBoo Pail these vinyl bags have inherently much more charm and pizazz built into them. Surely they serve the intended function of being a trick or treat bag considerably better than the smallish pail counterparts. Even if they are not as versatile for the remainder of the year, I don't think it can be underestimated just how much better they serve their intended purpose than the McBoo Pail.

Besides, these treat bags do something extra special. They glow in the dark! But before we get to see that let's break down each one individually and see how they rank!

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Lets kick things off with the Purple Boo Bag, who sort of looks like a cross between Casper the Friendly Ghost and Boo Berry. I feel like this was the character that McDonalds felt was the most franchiseable of the trio. Drawing clear inspiration from the original McBoo Pail. This ghost was clearly supposed to represent that only in a more literal form.

I've always had a bit of a soft spot for stupid looking ghost decorations and the Purple Boo Bag does a fine job of scratching that itch, despite the corny looking over-sized bow-tie.

It's a solid effort. Even if it is not the most memorable one of the bunch, no kid would shed many tears if they got stuck with Purple Boo Bag on Halloween night!

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Next up is the Green Witch, who fills the obligatory 'item made specifically for little girls' quota that tends to come with promotional releases such as these. I wouldn't say she is the worst of the group... honestly none of them are that intrusive. But Green Witch is clearly the one I'd like to spend the least amount of time with on a Saturday night.

I've never been a fan of witches in general and the lime green seems better suited for the Christmas Season than dancing with the devil on All Hallow's Eve. Besides, the pink skin tone annoys me in ways you couldn't possibly imagine. Let's move on shall we.

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I saved my favorite for last, Orange Funk-enstein! On paper a cartoon carbon-copy of Frankenstein dressed in a red jumpsuit with a neon pink sports coat and matching shoes sounds like the worst idea ever. Yet somehow the artists employed by McDonalds was able to pull it off in a big, big way.

In my humble opinion Orange Funk-enstein is the clear cut leader of the group. Best in show. Greatest costume. The most sincere pumpkin of them all. And it all starts off with the holiest of color choices... orange.

Orange belongs to the Halloween Season and no other holiday can come close to touching it. Being the only orange bag in the set basically ensures an automatic win but Funk-enstein has so much more going for him than simply his outlining color.

Frankenstein is among my top two or three movie monsters of all time. Any incarnation of him, cartoon or otherwise, is a big deal in my department. Despite obviously being aimed at a younger audience this variation of Frankentein's Monster hits home in all the right departments. From the flat top haircut and neck bolts (which in this case have been morphed into head bolts) to the green skin tone, this is actually a pretty good characterization of one of my personal favorite monsters.

What shoves this creation over the top has to be the inclusion of Funk-enstein's pink and red colored clothing. It makes him look like he belongs on the dance floor of a bad 1970's era disco. It's completely outrageous and somehow works!

I could spend another 18 paragraphs talking about why I like Orange Funk-enstein the best but we have other bridges to burn. Chiefly, the fact that these bags glow in the dark! Don't you dare think I forgot about that little detail!

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Eeeekkk!!!! Joy! I am a complete sucker for anything that glows in the dark. It may be the oldest trick in the book but I'll be damned if its not my favorite trick! And for some 23 year old bags, they all still glow surprisingly well despite my set being a little beat up and worse for wear.

As per the norm with items that glow in the dark, the ghost is the best of the bunch. Proving my theory that he was the one McDonalds banked as being the best. The witch kind of sucks but one was half expected and nothing will ever deter my love of that Funk-enstein bag, even if all the wrong parts glow.

... and you know what, this isn't even everything these old treat bags can do. I saved one final trick for last! It turns out the back of each bag features almost as much detail as the front. Behold!

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It's like the gift that keeps on giving! The back side of each vinyl bag features a unique spooky themed animal to accompany each monster. The ghost has an awesome blue bat, Funk-enstein sports a pair of mice, and the witch has a corny cat lounging about on her hat.

Clearly someone put a lot of attention to detail into each one of these bags. Three unique characters. Different front and back sides. Bonus glow in the dark sections. It all adds up to a considerably more rounded out package than the McBoo Pail could ever deliver... and yet nobody talks about about these treat bags from 1990.

Why? I have no real answer. Everyone was so caught up in McBoo-madness that anything other than those pail's just wouldn't make due. Even if ultimately that other thing is considerably better than what came before it.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Retro Root Beer Bottles!

Not really Halloween but all around awesome, I wanted to spend a few moments talking about these fantastic looking Retro Root Beer Bottles that came into my possession the other day. While on a small road trip I stumbled across this smallish looking local hardware store. And when I find places such as these I have to stop!

I'm sure you know the kind of location. Tucked away in the middle of Main Street, USA. Surviving off the sale of lord-knows-what. There dusty corners often neglected and long forgotten. Over the years morphed from simple power tools and nails to housing little bits of everything and nothing in particular.

And each store is always completely different, you never quite know what you'll find. This particular store had a gigantic shelf of strange retro themed soda bottles. Why? Because logic serves no purpose in these mom and pop establishments.

The shelf was a thing of beauty, too Featuring probably twenty different themed flavors of root beer and other generic brands of cola. I'd never heard of any of them but somehow each bottle was more amazing than the next!

I wanted to purchase them all but at three-something a piece they were priced at least double what they probably should have been. So after much deliberation I settled upon my two favorites of the entire bunch. Here is a quick rundown of each:

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Frostie Root Beer caught my attention first, because I'm a sucker for anything with a winter theme. If these were available during the holiday season I'd buy them in the masses... regardless of price.

I'm particularly fond of the little Frostie mascot guy. Kind of looking like a cross between an Elf and the Old Man from the Legend of Zelda games. You know the one. The first time you seen him lurking about in that cave you tried to kill him, then ran in horror as those seemingly innocent lighted pillars shot flames directly at your face.

Now I will be the first to admit, I probably should have split this into two different entries and saved Frostie Root Beer for the coming holiday season. The bottle would no doubt look fantastic sitting outside in a hefty pile of snow, and does seem a little out of place here in the 2013 Halloween Countdown. But... the chances of me being motivated enough to write about root beer for a second time in a couple months are slim.

So you get Frostie now rather than later. It's not like half the retail stores don't currently have Christmas Decorations up already anyhow!

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Jack Black's Dead Red Root Beer was the other bottle that I picked up and man alive is it ever the current coolest thing that I own. It's also the bottle that gives us just enough of a spooky design to consider this a Halloween Countdown entry.

Each time I pick out my favorite aspect of this bottle I find like seventeen other things that peak my interest even more. Let's start with the obvious one first. The awesome motherfucking pirate logo!

Looking like something directly lifted from set production on The Goonies, I don't think I have ever seen a logo that I want to get tattooed on my arm more than this one. Pirate skulls are pretty badass as is, this one in particular goes above and beyond the call of duty by having an eyepatch and a headband... a headband with a drawing of another skull on it! That's skull on skull action, folks. Even more bonus points are awarded for the bloodshot eyeball.

Taglines come up next. Jack Black's Dead Red Root Beer has more of them than any one single product probably should. Each somehow stranger than the next. "Third time available in 420 Years" is easily the most normal phrase of the bunch. I'm a sucker for completely outrageous claims such as these, imagining that if I was ten years old again that I would have completely bought into this statement. To the point that I'd probably have treated Jack Black's like some sort of fine wine and saved it for a special occasion

"Once you've had Jack black you'll never go back!" is a second tagline, this time without the extra capitalization on the word "black" ... which sort of brings to point what exactly the name of this drink is supposed to mean.

Is it a play on Jack Black the famous actor / comedian? Perhaps it pure coincidence that it share the name of a recognizable Hollywood star. Then again it could have been done on purpose. If so, why did they write it differently in the smaller text than the main logo? If Jack Black's Dead Red Root Beer was a major motion picture, we'd need a sequel just to get the answer to all these questions!

"Better DEAD RED than just plain DEAD!" is yet another tagline found on this label and may be my personal favorite of the bunch. It's one of those statements that sort of makes sense but only if you don't really think about it. Why the hell is it better to be DEAD RED as opposed to just flat out DEAD? I've no idea. It would make an awesome inscription on a tombstone, however.

The last phrase is found on the rim of the bottlecap, "Once you've JACKED BLACK you'll never go back!" is like a fantastic alternative take on one of the bottles other catchphrases. One that I highly enjoy, if for no other reason than the vaguely implied sexual innuendo it suggests you have with Jack Black... either the comedian or this bottle. I've no idea what's going on anymore.

All in all for a couple random bottles that I found in some stupid hardware store, these things turned out quite interesting. I've no real motivation to open either of them up and drink them. If I had to guess... root beer is root beer and both of them probably taste exactly the same.

Either way these bottles were not built for drinking ... they were bought for sticking on a shelf and glancing at once every six months. It's the best almost seven dollars I've ever spent on two soft drinks, if I do say so myself!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

VHS Artwork Roundup! -- Revenge of the Zombie

VHS Artwork Roundup is a new series that I'll be posting from now until the end of the Halloween Season in which we will take a look at some kick-ass artwork found on the covers of old VHS-era horror movies.

If you are lucky to have grown up in the era when brick and mortar video stores were still a thing that existed then you already know what this article is about. You see back in the day before Netflix and internet enabled smart phones existed we selected our horror movies on gut instincts and whichever film had the most creatively gruesome cover.

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VHS Artwork Roundup is a celebration of these lost pieces of artwork in all there gory glory. From now until October 31st I will be periodically posting the best covers that I own. To kick things off we are going to start with 1988's REVENGE OF THE ZOMBIE!

"Beth and Michael are twins, very strange ones at that. Their widowed father keeps them away from other people because of their strange and unusual psychic powers. When he is killed by a gun-crazy biker gang, the twins decide to re-animate his dead corpse. Their creation is a blood thirsty zombie who does their bidding with a vengeance!"

I picked this particular film because it encapsulates everything that makes these old VHS covers so awesome. The above paragraph is the description found on the back of the box. It sounds like a fantastically cluttered film involving many different subplots that have absolutely nothing to do with the front artwork.

Revenge of the Zombie's cover is obviously a promotional still shot on either a small sound stage or (more likely) an extra stall in someones garage. This is a clear cut case of arranging a few miscellaneous Halloween props mixed with a torso that's (probably) from the film and calling the end result good enough to stick on the VHS box.

Isn't it great! I'm particularly fond of the font and color choices for the main logo. Pink and green? Sure why not! It's very reminiscent of a 1980's heavy metal band logo with a clear 'White Zombie' influence tossed in for good measures.

Revenge of the Zombie is my favorite kind of low budget material because you can tell that whoever made this was obviously trying to take things seriously and come up with a genuinely good piece of artwork. It is sort of like the Great Pumpkin of crappy video tape covers. Revenge of the Zombie is just sincere enough to work on every level, despite having low production values. And for that... we salute you!

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash 2013!

Each time I go to the gas station I always make a quick pass through the soda isle. Limited Edition flavors and all around new beverages are a fickle thing, when you expect them to show up they never do... but as soon as you quit paying attention like eight of them spring up out of hiding. All vying for your attention at the exact same time.

Today, Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash has made its way out of hibernation and is once again ready to help usher in the coming holiday season. I've wrote about this stuff so many times that I've actually lost count, but much like Halloween Oreo's are among the first products to showcase the arrival of the Halloween Season... Cranberry Splash is always one of the first for Christmas Season. And to not write about them seems like such a shame.

So has anything changed for 2013? Nope. This is the exact same soda that we've had for years now... and I wouldn't have it any other way. The taste is great, it's still one of the few cranberry flavored drinks that I actually like. I'd even go so far as to say that I legitimately like this flavor and would welcome it year round.

I still think the package could benefit from more of a traditional holiday theme considering everyone pretty much views Cranberry Splash as the unofficial soft drink of holidays. I don't think I'd go so far as to stick Santa's fat ass on the front of the bottle, but a couple intersecting X-MAS tree branches .... convert those berries into bulbs and stick a few loose presents down towards the bottom and you'd be able to improve Cranberry Splash's seasonal looks by ten fold.

And it always hits right before the start of the Halloween Season too. Just when things are starting to get spooky and creepy Cranberry Splash shows up to remind everyone that in a couple short months we'll all be praising the return of Santa Claus and dashing through mounds of snow.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Halloween Radio!

Welcome to the 2013 Halloween Countdown! Year number four that I've ran one of these and by far the earliest that I've started. Previously I've kick off the festivities around September 1st but judging by the amount of Halloween merchandise on store shelves, The Great Pumpkin looks poised to make his return earlier than ever this season.

Along with the Halloween theme that I've dressed the site up in I've officially launched a little something I like to call Halloween Radio! You can find it lurking off on the left hand side of the page, just click on that image and it will take you to a little playlist I put together over on YouTube featuring over 100 of the best pieces (and parts!) of Halloween music you are likely to find.

It is my goal to make this playlist be the most extensive collection of Halloween inspired tracks on the internet. So what you see here is just the beginning. I'm going to be constantly working on adding new tracks and shuffling the order to make it flow perfectly.

I hope you guys give it a listen and be sure to let me know what you think! As for the countdown, you can expect all kinds of content to start rolling out here in the next few days. So stay tuned and stay spooky!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

2013 Halloween Oreos & Other Halloween Pickups!

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The 2013 Halloween Season has arrived! I don't care what the calender says, its time to kick off my annual coverage of all things spooky and creepy! Starting with none other than the glorious return of Halloween Oreo's for the season!

A cornerstone of the holiday and clear backbone to the season, my love for Halloween Oreo's will never die. Even when Nabisco hits us with a trillion other limited edition flavors like they've been doing in recent years, the Halloween kind will always feel extra special.

Perhaps its the orange frosting. Or the spooky package design. Whatever the reason may be Halloween Oreo's have became the defining item that I look forward to seeing at the start of every Halloween Season!

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As you can see the look for this years package hasn't change from the prior years design. I still stand by my complains... not enough orange and far to much blue. It's one of the weaker looking designs Nabisco has created over the years but it still gets the job done.

I had hoped for an entirely new design but am honestly not that surprised to see a rehash of last years package. It's sort of became the norm for Halloween Oreo's to keep the same artwork for at least two years in a row before switching to something different.

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Halloween branded Chips Ahoy Cookies have been around for a couple years now and quickly turned into a 'new favorite' of mine. Much like Halloween Oreo's they always seem to be one of the first bits of seasonal item to be released every year. Which is an approach they really benefit from.

One of the things I've learned about the Halloween Season of the course of running these countdowns  (of which I am entering my 4th year!) is that unlike the Christmas Season which starts a slow build in November and eventually reaches its peak on Christmas Eve is that Halloween tends to have a slow pre-build of excitement that happens right now before hitting a peak level of interest in early October before eventually burning itself out by the 31st.

I really don't know what the point of that last paragraph was supposed to be but basically what I think I was trying to get at is this: the time to gush and enjoy the smaller seasonal items is right now. Chips Ahoy and Oreo cookies that have been re-branded for the unholiest of holidays are a dish best served now rather than waiting until later.

And speaking of the right now, I've decided that sometime within the next couple days I will be converting the website over into its Halloween Theme! I hope you guys are ready because this years countdown is going to be bigger and (hopefully) better than ever before.

I'm super excited for this time of year to finally be back. It's no secret that the fall and winter seasons are my favorite. All you have to do is look at the number of articles I publish then and compare them to what happens during the summer months to see this is true.

In recent years I've stolen a phrase previously used to describe the Christmas Season and turned it into a more of a blanket term to define the Halloween Season through Christmas and just a little ways past New Years (when the last remaining bits of the holidays are swept away) ... I call this time The Most Wonderful Time of the Year and am so happy that its almost that time again!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Screme Eggs, Butterfinger Pumpkins, and Pumpkin Spice Candles = HALLOWEEN!

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Can you feel it? I know I can. It happens occasionally when the wind starts to pick up. On a chillier than normal evening. With the sun shrinking in the distance, casting long shadows down the streets. The sound of rustling leaves off in the distance.

These are the telltale signs of the coming fall season. Not only is this my personal favorite time of year, but it brings about two very important things. It ushers in my 'busy season' of content as well as the first of two very important year end holidays... HALLOWEEN!

I could not be more excited for this seasonal change. I have a feeling that this year is going to be something special. Filled with all kinds of crazy new products. It has to be. I never remember finding as much Halloween merch this early in the year as what 2013 has brought to us.

See the photo above? It was taken today. That is five very distinctive Halloween items. Screme Eggs. Butterfinger Pumpkins. And a candle scented like pumpkins. This is the same stuff that I'd normally be spending a couple hundred words gushing about in late September, praising the return of The Great Pumpkin.

Yet here we are in July, talking about stuff we shouldn't rightfully be seeing for at least another month. And I am not complaining one single bit! Christmas has been creeping into Halloween territory for years now. It only seems fitting that we bump the unholiest of holidays up to compensate.

Stay tuned, folks. I have a feeling that this years Halloween Countdown is going to be starting sooner than ever!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Best Garage Sale Find Ever!

Earlier today I was sitting at home plunking away on the computer, working towards finishing up an article that I've been writing for the past few days. When suddenly my phone rang.

"You need to come to this garage sale. It's full of skulls and Halloween shit. I'll pick you up in like a minute." It was my friend Mike. Telling me about what would soon become the greatest garage sale find in the history of garage sale finds.

Upon arrival we were greeted by a very nice husband and wife who explained that over the years they had collected to many Halloween decorations and needed to sell off some of the older items to make room for future purchases. Since the words "to many" never enter my vocabulary, I happily obliged and created the pile of stuff you see in the photo above.

On any normal day the box full of bones and skulls would be the highlight of the adventure. And they are a good find. Let's not downplay them one bit. But the real reason why we are gathered here today is because of my new best friend, that fucking awesome demon statue!

The price was an absolute bargain... almost on the verge of being a steal. I feel like I should have spent twice as much on this guy as what I did. But isn't that the point of a garage sale? Good purchases for cheap prices. This is almost a rarity in today's e-bay driven market, in which the cost of anything even remotely considered a collectable typically gets marked up double or triple the price of what its actually worth.

I've decided that this statue isn't your traditional Halloween Prop purchased at local shopping mall. I've dealt with enough of those kinds of items in my time to be able to spot one when I see it. Even the expensive props are pretty cheap in quality. This one clearly isn't.

He's heavy and made from a material that I cannot quite identify. This isn't plastic... but it isn't metal or wood either. Some sort of resin, perhaps? Who knows. What I do know is that it's a hand crafted piece and judging by the looks of it it's clearly haunted.

I dare you to tell me otherwise! I've seen enough of those haunted house programs to know that this is the item some evil spirit latches itself onto and becomes the sacred object that eventually must be removed from the house in order to stop the chaos.

And you know what... that is OK with me. I don't care if its haunted by the souls of seven ancient Indian warriors and cursed by a coven of witches. I'm never getting rid of it! It's going to sit on a shelf someplace from now until the end of time.

This October I will carry it around with me and take creepy photos in the forest. I'll pop out of supermarket isles and frighten small children. Hid in bushes and yell obscene things at the elderly, then blame it on the statue.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Screme Egg Returns!

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I was unpacking truck at work the other day and tucked away in between a bunch of other boring junk was this creepy little gem. The Cadbury Screme Egg has made its triumphant return to store shelves!

Screme Egg's made there horrific debut in 2012 and I am quite glad to see them returning again this season. It was one of my favorite pieces of candy from last Halloween, even if its just a traditional Cadbury Egg re-skinned for the Halloween Season. It has green slime colored frosting lurking inside a chocolate egg shell. That's kind of a big deal!

If you want a more detailed review of them, I suggest checking out this piece from last years Halloween Countdown. It should help indulge your sweet tooth just a bit and start to get your Halloween blood boiling.

Perhaps more importantly than the actual Screme Egg itself is what this box represents. Folks, this is full fledged Halloween Candy in July. Not a generic bag of candy corn. Not some mixed container of suckers and sweets in an orange package. This is the real deal. I'm calling it now... Screme Eggs mark the official return of the Halloween Countdown! 

Summer has already overstayed its welcome. I say we usher it out as quickly as possible. I'm tired of hot weather and stupid insects. Give me cool fall nights and horror movies. That sounds like bliss compared to dumb-old July.

Keep your eyes peeled everyone. The Screme Egg is just the beginning. The good stuff... the new stuff... is bound to be just around the corner. The Halloween Season waits. It's ready to pounce. I can just feel it.

And I'm excited!

Looking for more Halloween fun? Check out Candy Corn Oreo's from 2012!