Monthly Archives: October 2008

Halloween Countdown ’08: Candy Corn Corn Pops!

I’m used to hating on Halloween by this point, but today is pretty great. The leaves are dead and colorful, and there’s a familiar brisky crispness to the air that always feels exclusive to October 31st. Plus, for the first … Continue reading

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Halloween Countdown ’08: Mischief Night.

It’s Mischief Night! I have no idea if this as important to today’s kids as it was to me, but man, it wasn’t uncommon for Mischief Night to be twice as fun as Halloween proper. It’s tough to equate throwing … Continue reading

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Halloween Countdown ’08: Light-Up Organs and Dressed-Up Ponies.

Man, I feel trivial. I skipped the last five minutes of the Obama show to guarantee that this, a review of light-up rubber organs and My Little Pony dolls, would be safely posted by midnight. If anyone I know in … Continue reading

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Halloween Countdown ’08: The Beetlejuice Gross-Out Meter!

In 1990, Kenner and Satan teamed up to bring us a fairly enormous Beetlejuice toy collection, with figures, playsets and costume kits based not on the cartoon show, but the actual movie. The line always struck me as a little … Continue reading

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Halloween Countdown ’08: On Topic.

Last night, I dreamed that I found the elusive Boardwalk piece in the McDonald’s Monopoly contest, thereby guaranteeing me one million dollars. In the dream, I yanked the piece off a cup, stared at it for what felt like hours … Continue reading

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Halloween Countdown ’08: Monkey Business.

We’re going to a Halloween party tomorrow night. Actually, it’s more of a family birthday party, but the charming host (Hi Sis!) decided that the party’s proximity to Halloween meant that everyone had to come in costume. I’ve known about … Continue reading

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Halloween Countdown ’08: Old Count Chocula.

Today’s topic: Old Count Chocula. Hold your applause. In 1987, General Mills faced public backlash upon releasing the revamped (ah ah ah) Count Chocula box design seen above. What at first glance seems only to be a whimsical pairing of … Continue reading

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Halloween Countdown ’08: SweeTarts Spooky Squeez!

I’ve seriously miscalculated the time it will take to do what I need to do before going to sleep tonight, so this entry will be short. I’ve long considered myself the kind of person who cannot do good work unless … Continue reading

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Halloween Countdown ’08: Spooky SNT.

SNT. Tonight’s topic: Your favorite onscreen deaths EVA EVA EVA.

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Halloween Countdown ’08: Super Naturals!

I’ve written about Super Naturals before, but never with one of the actual toys on hand to verify that what I’m writing wasn’t based on artificially sweetened memories. This time is different, and I was right. Super Naturals is one … Continue reading

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