Oct 31, 2022

Monthly Media Recap - October 2022

I know there's people out there that do the whole watch a horror movie every day in October thing but I don't have that much free time. I did pretty good though and was shocked at what I crammed in over the month.

If you're looking for something to watch after Trick or Treating, grab a snack and a beverage, I've got a good sized list to go through.


I forgot to post S2 last month. I really enjoyed this series. It was like a fantastical 80s kid adventure with a bit of horror and well written family dynamics. I should probably check out the comics.

The 101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments of All Time (2022, Shudder)
How's that for a mouthful of a title? These type of list shows are always fun to watch and see where you'd rank things.There were two or three on the list that I hadn't herd of before.

Queer for Fear (2022, Shudder)
This docu-series looks at the history of LGBTQ+ in horror from the very start. I hope they do more seasons because they only got so far into "modern" horror. There were plenty of negative comments about Shudder hosting this series to which I say if you think they're "putting gay" into your horror, you need to learn your horror history!
She-Hulk (2022, Disney+)
Who knew I wanted a sitcom in he MCU? This was a nice change from everything that's come before. I thoroughly enjoyed the online antics it stirred up. Seeing all the reaction videos schooling toxic fans on why they're wrong on things was a treat unto itself.

Oct 30, 2022

Halloween Hot Wheels 2022 - Super Stinger

 Bringing up the rear of the 2022 re-release pack is Super Stinger.

 Super Stinger was originally released in 2020. It's got a white pearlescent body with blue and purple flames which give it a ghostly appearance.

The flame deco and cutouts on the hood kind of make look like an animal skull, don't you think? The best thing about this one though...

is that it glows in the dark!

And that brings the Halloween 2022 cars to the finish line. As disappointed as I am that this year was all repacks, I love that they had card art to match the individual cars and hope they continue that going forward.

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Oct 29, 2022

Haunted Library - Ghoul's Delight

For our final field trip to the Haunted Library, we've got a very special audio treat for you!

Ghoul's Delight is a 2 CD compilation that was released in 2007, limited to just 1000 copies. I don't remember exactly how I stumbled into it but am I ever glad I did! It pretty much instantly became a holiday (and year round) favorite.

The 33 tracks here are like a pillowcase full of Trick or Treat candy: there's a little bit of everything. You might not like it all but you're sure to find something you do! You can check out the full track list here, just don't be surprised when you don't know any of the bands. I was only familiar with The 3-D Invisibles and I don't know the rest of the bands except from this album.
But don't let that stop you from checking it out! Tap the library card and you can give Ghoul's Delight a spin.

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Oct 28, 2022

Revenge of Now Hear This Halloween 2022

 Sometimes you just find so much Halloween music that you have to make a second post in October to share it all! Most of these are on Bandcamp and free to preview before you buy. If you don't see a direct link, click on the album art to check it out.

If this still isn't enough music to fill your Graveyard Jukebox, head over to Nightmare City Halloween!

Image from VectorStock
Let's kick it off with some local (to me) tunes!

13 tracks of monster party madness! Feel what it's like to dig your own grave, to make love to Frankenstein, and to be trapped forever at the All-Night Midnite Monster Party

Oct 27, 2022

LEGO Disney's Haunted Mansion (40521)

Welcome, foolish mortals to the mini Haunted Mansion!

I'm a huge fan of the Haunted Mansion attraction in all its incarnations so naturally this was a must have. However, I do have to say this is not "my" mansion. I mainly visit DisneyWorld and prefer that exterior over the original DisneyLand version.
Did you know the original Haunted Mansion concept was for it to be a walk through attraction which included an encounter with the Headless Horseman?

Kindly keep your appendages inside your Doombuggy as you click the jump bar.

Oct 26, 2022

Spooky Droids

 Every year, the Disney Droid Factory releases new holiday figures for Halloween and Christmas. These are park exclusives and if you don't know someone you'll be paying scalper prices on eBay for them. You can sometimes get lucky and catch them on ShopDisney too.

Luckily, I'm in a friendly Facebook group and managed to pick up this year's figure plus a friend I missed out on.

2022 brings R7-FNG to join the line of eerie astromechs. He's got a whole vampire thing going on complete with a widow's peak and fangs! 

Oct 25, 2022

Playmobil - Children with Costumes (70283)

 Playmobil has put out some really fun Halloween/monster stuff over the years. Unfortunately, since TRU closed I don't have anywhere along my usual travels to get Playmobil stuff but thankfully you can get it all online. Sadly, no monsters this year but we did get a fun dress up set.

Technically, it's not a Halloween specific set but it's the closest thing this year.
This set comes with a rug, a chest, 3 kids and a ton of costume accessories!

Halloween is all about being whatever and whoever you want. If the princess wants to go out and slay some dragons, she can! You can't really see it here but the cape that goes with the devil head piece has a tail attached to it.

And if a boy wants to dress up as a woodland fairy with a tutu and wings, go for it! I love the ghost costume accessory that goes right over the figure. It's got a classic bed sheet with eye holes cut out feel to it. Plus, it glows in the dark.  

What kind of costume would you put together from this chest? 
I'd probably just go with your average wizard.

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Oct 24, 2022

The Headless Horseman Rides Off

 Can you believe it's already the last Monday before Halloween?
The Headless Horseman is riding out for another year.

While he "heads" off, here's a playlist of 13 versions of his song, starting off with local legend Dr Gasp (aka Dan Blakeslee)! You can get his cover of the Headless Horseman on the album Halloween Special which is one of my all time favorite spooky season soundtracks.

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Oct 23, 2022

Halloween Hot Wheels 2022 - What-4-2

 Retread number four (I'm not bitter) is What-4-2 from all the way back in 2015.

My thoughts from 2015: By far, the best feature on this What-4-2 is the grimacing ghoul on the hood!

2022 pic, in hindsight probably a poor background color choice

2015 pic

Stay tuned next week for the stunning conclusion of Revenge of the Repacks!

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Oct 22, 2022

Haunted Library - Amazing Monster Mazes 1977

 This week we have another devilishly delicious treat for the monster kids at heart.

Amazing Monster Mazes was published in 1977 by Hallmark. I remember going to the Hallmark store in our local mall as a kid at Halloween time and there was just so much cool stuff to see.

While the cover boasts 24 pages of mazes, there are actually only 13 because most of them are two page spreads. But that's okay! Even if mazes aren't your thing, the artwork is worth checking out.

You may find yourself tiptoeing through a mansion of sleeping monsters...

or even helping the Headless Horseman get back to Sleepy Hollow!

If you want to get lost in this book, just click on the library card.

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Oct 21, 2022

LEGO Build a Figure - Halloween 2022

 If you're lucky enough to have a brick & mortar LEGO store in your area, you've probably seen the station where you can create your own minifigs from a bunch of assorted body parts. You can let your inner child be just like Dr. Frankenstein! The available pieces are refreshed throughout the year and usually include a Halloween assortment. This year brings three new minifigs!

The store staff helped me locate the pieces to build the new haunters. Then I remembered it's 2022 and I have the world in my phone. I looked up pictures so I knew what I was looking for. I purposely didn't check them out ahead of time so I could have a little surprise.

First up is a pumpkin-headed scarecrow. I don't know if he looks creepier with the pumpkin on or off! The sack head kind of has that freaky doll vibe to it.

Oct 20, 2022

Halloween with the Addams Family (1998)

Not to be confused with the 1977 made for TV movie Halloween with the New Addams Family, this Halloween episode was the first of a new series launched in 1998 after the success of the movies. Although this is a new series and cast, the pilot episode (along with several others) recycled storylines from the original 1960s Addams Family series.

Until I watched the horrible The New Addams Family movie last month, I wasn't even aware of this live action reboot. I've watched a handful of episodes and while the comedy doesn't feel quite right sometimes, it feels a lot more Addams than that movie did. The gentleman playing Gomez has said he modelled his performance on John Astin's and he's definitely doing his best impression!

Speaking of Mr. Astin, he pops up in a few episodes as Grandpapa Addams!

Wednesday, who returns from the movie, and Pugsley have bigger roles than they did in the original series. They're also a bit darker than they were on the original show and that's totally fine with me! If you've ever seen the Charles Addams cartoons, you know they're a little edgier than their TV counterparts were.

One thing I'm not a huge fan of with this series is that they changed the theme song! 
Who in their right mind would do such a thing?!?!

If you want to check out this version of the Family, it looks like the entire 65 episode run has been put together in a YouTube playlist. And if you'd like to watch the original Halloween with the Addams Family episode...enjoy!

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Oct 19, 2022

Classic Creepy Comics - Standard Comics

 Standard Comics may not sound exciting but it's the name of the publisher we're looking at today. They were around from 1939 to 1956 and are best known for the character The Black Terror. While he sounds spooky, there wasn't really anything scary about him unless you were on the other end of his fists.

These books had different titles but follow a similar blueprint. They all start with issue five and feature a variety of horror stories. There's also two pages of written story, sometimes it's two one-page stories, other times a single two-page story. They also do this fun split page thing where the top half is an ad and the bottom half is a legend, true story, or weird fact.

First we dare you to take these Adventures into Darkness! This series ran for 10 issues from August 1952 to June 1954. 

Oct 18, 2022

Halloween 2022 MA Lottery Ticket

 Who's up for some Spooky Money?

The design for this year definitely beats out the one from 2021! Uncover a pumpkin, win double. Uncover a witch and win it all! Comparing this to last year's gave me an idea. Make the scratch areas gravestones and you win if you uncover a ghost or zombie! Or maybe you have to reveal all the parts to make a complete body? It's like you're digging up a grave. Wouldn't that be fun? 
California has Addams Family tickets! ADDAMS! FAMILY! In the past 10 years or so that I've been showing these off, I don't think Massachusetts has ever had a licensed Halloween ticket. Maybe some day...

Do you have any fun Halloween themed lottery tickets in your state? 

I started an open Flickr album for people to post their state lottery tickets. If you have any, please feel free to add them to the album. Or if you could send me pictures/scans I'd be happy to post them.

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Oct 17, 2022

Headless Horseman Cartoon (1934)

 Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow has been around for over 200 years and while almost everyone is somewhat familiar with the story, they also probably imagine the incarnation from Disney's 1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad with his flaming pumpkin head. 
But this was not the first animated appearance of the infamous ghost. In 1934, Ub Iwerks created an animated short film called The Headless Horseman. Iwerks also worked on the Disney shorts The Skeleton Dance and The Haunted House. If you're a fan of classic animation, you'll definitely get a kick out of this.

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Oct 16, 2022

Halloween Hot Wheels 2022 - Muscle Tone

 Car number three is where I started to think I'd maybe seen one of these before. But maybe you haven't seen them when they were originally released, so they're new to you!

Muscle Tone was originally released alongside the 2017 Halloween Hot Wheels. Here are my thoughts at the time:

I don't know if it's the paint job or the word drift on the car but I could totally see this one in a Fast & Furious movie. That, of course, leads me back to thinking about a monster/horror version of the film.

2022 pic

2017 pic

I still really like the way the lighting came out on this shot.

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Oct 15, 2022

Haunted Library - Movie Monsters - Monster Make-Up & Shows To Put On (1975)

 Have we got a treat in the stacks for you today! If you're a monster kid of a certain age, this will probably be a nostalgia trip. Even if you haven't seen this particular book before, you likely checked one out just like it from your local library.

I originally got this from the now defunct Retrospace. 
You can view that original post here.

Monster lovers, this Scholastic book has got you covered! The first 28 pages talk about Lon Chaney, Universal Monsters, and even Blacula and Young Frankenstein!

The next 33 pages give instructions for recreating your own monster make ups.

The last section has a short stage play and some special effect tricks.
To check out this book, click your library card below!

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Oct 14, 2022

Trick or Treat Short Film

 While poking around YouTube for other Halloween related things, I fell into this wonderful 14 minute horror short and just had to share it! Just a quick note, this is not family friendly.

What I love about the Magician's costume is that the individual pieces are relatively simple but look amazing when put together. There's also something to be said about the menace of silence. I take advantage of both these things with my own Halloween costume.

If you enjoyed this, they did a "Making Of" video that's almost as long as the short.

Swing by the Thinking Art Entertainment YouTube channel for more horror shorts!

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Oct 13, 2022

2022 Salem Haunted Happenings Parade

 While the spooky season celebrations start gearing up at the end of September, the first Thursday of October is the official kickoff to Haunted Happenings in Salem with the annual parade. This is the 40th year for Haunted Happenings and the 25th for the parade. The theme is "Who is your hero?"

I tried taking photos for you but it being at night and lit be street lamps, they mostly came out like garbage. But what I can share are a few behind the scenes photos of the parade getting ready. They prep in a large parking lot every year and it's always fun to see everyone doing their thing.
This is just a small fraction of the parade. Way off in the back is the Friendship of Salem, a 171 foot replica of a 1797 sailing ship that was built in Salem.