Annnnd here’s the other video from the launch of the 2014 Halloween Countdown, starring me as a zombie, reviewing a great Hallo decoration known as the “Clown Tangler.” 

Hello, I'm rather new to your blog so can I ask you a question? Do you know of any Halloween/horror themed soft drinks around? I thought you might, since you enjoy creepy things. Examples I can think of are the "Pitch Black" Mountain Dew and a discontinued (I think?) soda called DraCola. Thank you.

Mountain Dew Pitch Black is the big one; I’ve written about every version of it since its 2004 debut. Sadly, not many seem to embrace it the way I do, thanks in part to how it was only firmly marketed as a “Halloween soda” in its first year.

Only a soft drink on a stretch, but Kool-Aid’s “Ghoul-Aid” flavor is the other big one.

Jones Soda usually makes Halloween flavors, you can see my review of last year’s batch over here. 

Stretching things further, there have also been a few Slurpees with a Halloween theme.

If you weren’t around last night, Dino Drac’s 2014 Halloween Countdown HAS BEGUN. Come see what’s new, and get set for two months of nonstop nonsense.

DINO DRAC’S 2014 HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN… BEGINS NOW.

DINO DRAC’S 2014 HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN… BEGINS NOW.

Hi buddy. I'm drunk and Canadian. I love you.

Sup man. I’m sober and I spent half of my childhood pretending to be Canadian, because I liked the flag, and especially liked the national anthem as heard in Summer Games for the C64. I love you too.

I'M SO EXCITED FOR THE COUNTDOWN.

ME TOO AND IT’S ALMOST TIME!

STARTS AT MIDNIGHT.

STARTS AT MIDNIGHT.

Crazy Nightmare.

I fell asleep for a little while earlier, and had a crazy dream/nightmare. It was so impossibly odd that I actually grabbed my phone and sent a few of the bullet points to myself in an email, fearful that I’d forget it.

The email reads exactly as follows:

Game show
Three giant kids
Real life
Kids were. Bully characters

Yep.

So in the dream, I’m with some of my nieces and nephews watching what’s basically a Nickelodeon gameshow. I can’t remember many of the specifics, but the idea was that young contestants had to beat three “bully” characters (child actors) in trivia rounds.

The gimmick, though, was that the bullies were not normal-sized humans. The three ranged in size from “three times as big as a regular human” to “absolutely Godzilla-sized.” On the show, they used a cheesy green screen deal to bring that to life. (Like, you’d see the giant kids slide down into the gameshow area, all menacing, but it was obvious that they weren’t actually there.)

Well, you know how dreams can change scope immediately without any rhyme or reason? This one did. Suddenly I was on the Atlantic City boardwalk, and suddenly, those giant kids were REAL. Skyscraper-sized evil children literally raining from the clouds, bringing all sorts of tornadoes and tidal waves and crazy shit with them. Hotels were blowing away as if by atomic bomb.

I can’t remember much else besides that, but I think GIANT MONSTER CHILDREN FALLING FROM THE SKY is enough.

From 1986. The box is now empty, but I’m pretty sure the box was the best part anyway. I especially like the suggestion that each Garbage Pail Kids button was the size of a Garbage Pail Kid’s head.

From 1986. The box is now empty, but I’m pretty sure the box was the best part anyway. I especially like the suggestion that each Garbage Pail Kids button was the size of a Garbage Pail Kid’s head.

Random Dino Drac Updates.

Most of you can skip this, I just needed a place to put it to link interested parties. :)

  • As you’ve probably guessed by now, I’m just gonna dive straight into the Halloween Countdown — which starts 8/30. And I mean midnight on the dot. Which is actually Friday night. So be around. :)
  • This means I won’t be putting new posts on DD before then, because there’s just too much to do and it’s not worth losing prep time to get one last random post up.
  • This also unfortunately means that the “weird mugs exhibition” that so many of you contributed to is being pushed back for now. I hope I can sneak that into the Countdown months without it seeming too incongruous, because people may kill me if they have to wait longer. (Sorry, I thought I’d be able to to get it online this week but it’s really gonna take a full straight hardcore 8-12 hours to handle that many images and that much text!)
  • The Countdown is looking to be a good one. Just throwing that out there. :)
  • September Funpack orders are shipping late this week and into next week. I haven’t been plugging them actively because there are honestly not many left and I need to take inventory!

THANKS.

So yeah, apparently, this is happening. Ghostbusters donuts from Krispy Kreme. Not sure exactly when, but they promise that this year’s Halloween season will be a contender for best ever. (Thank you Brandon C. for the tip!)

So yeah, apparently, this is happening. Ghostbusters donuts from Krispy Kreme. Not sure exactly when, but they promise that this year’s Halloween season will be a contender for best ever. (Thank you Brandon C. for the tip!)

sdzoo:

Get in my belly!

Halloween. :D

So the folks at Pizza Hut liked my review of their Ninja Turtles promotion enough to send me this swank collector’s edition pizza box. I am exactly the type of person whose day can be made with a free collector’s edition pizza box. Thank you, pizza people!

So the folks at Pizza Hut liked my review of their Ninja Turtles promotion enough to send me this swank collector’s edition pizza box. I am exactly the type of person whose day can be made with a free collector’s edition pizza box. Thank you, pizza people!

What a great story about castle dracula! Now, I'm sad I'll never get to enjoy it.

That’s one of my favorite old articles. That place meant the world to me, and without me ever being conscious of it as a kid, it helped usher in a fascination with the macabre.

If you never visited it, the hardest thing to convey is how the “spirit” of that ride permeated the entire boardwalk. You’d hear its creepy music even when you couldn’t see the castle, and the signs pointing you in its direction were arguably spookier than the ride itself. My love for everything from dark rotted bricks to Toccata and Fugue in D Minor is all because of Wildwood’s Castle Dracula.

(It’s worth noting that the Jersey shore was dotted with several similar rides, which would possibly be even more famous/infamous if their “homes” had the staying power of Wildwood. Check out Brigantine Castle, for example.)

Our of curiosity, I was wondering if you would consider doing something for the Halloween countdown where you read a bunch of famous/good/underrated Creepypasta, given I'm guessing you probably haven't read any/many of 'em, and give your first impressions of 'em? I could even send ya a list by fanmail if ya want!

Unfortunately I don’t think I have a voice that could pull off reading Creepypastas without sounding like I’m joking, which would be doing a disservice to their intended flavor. ;) I have read a bunch of them, though, and hope to gorge on several hundreds more this season. Lots of great ones in the “set.”