Monday, October 24, 2016

Pumpkin Trail 2016

Went out to what's become an annual tradition--the pumpkin trail. City does it every year--has kids carve pumpkins and lines a trail in the dark woods with them. This year I took my kid and wife for the first time.

 The first two are by my brother Mike. 

 This was my kid's favorite one. Shocking that he likes the Spider-man pumpkin.

Got a cool effect here by putting my light behind the pumpkin.

I'll have some more in the next post! Halloween approaches too fast!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Ben Cooper Mask-a-Palooza

Been busy getting into the Halloween spirit--tonight's the pumpkin trail so should have some new pictures of that. It's pretty windy and cold, so who knows how it'll go?

So here's a bunch of awesome Ben Cooper masks to take you back to the good old days of those rubber-band mask bands catching in your hair, and the sweet smell of vinyl costume.

Here you go...from werewolves to martians to Colonel Sanders(why?) to robots to devils to Frankestein to Evil Knievel and more!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Nightmare Costumes / Funny News Article About Halloween / Tylenol Scare / 1963 McDonald's Cup

First off, here's a place you can get some cool costumes, and they're running a big sale now. Not only on sale, but there's a coupon code you can use for additional percentages off.

Then we have this funny news article about "Chubby Americans", circa 2006:
Then we have this interesting article from 1983, the year after the Tylenol poisonings crippled the Halloween industry(and, as I detail in my book, brought about the end of the Ben Cooper costume company), this article came out about how the industry was trying to recuperate.
Finally we have this very cool 1963 McDonald's Halloween cup. Little before my time, but I definitely would have wanted one as a kid...

Friday, October 14, 2016

1940s Metal Candy Container / Vintage Pics / 1987 Midnight Hour TV Guide Ad

Here's a cool little metal candy container from the 1940's. Possibly US Metal Toy Mfg, which made a lot of the metal noisemakers and other metal items back then.

Then we have a couple of vintage pics--the first one is from 1952.

This little Dracula I'm not sure of but would guess the 1980's.

Finally we have this listing of TV shows that highlight the Halloween classic The Midnight Hour. This is from October of 1987. As Eddie Money said, "I Wanna Go Back..."

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Halloween Ice Cream That Will Get You Drunk

We take a break from the vintage stuff for this emergency announcement:

There is now ice cream that will get you drunk, and there's a FALL VERSION of it. Three kinds in fact!

You can find them here:

They are listed as:

  • Salted Caramel Apple Brandy: Ice cream made with salted caramel and fresh apples and infused with brandy.
  • Spiked Spiced Pumpkin Pie: Ice cream made with pumpkin, spiced rum, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Candy Corn Vodka Martini: Ice cream made with candy corns and candy-corn infused vodka.

The bad news? Apparently you can only pick them up or have them delivered in New York...and they're limited edition!

I have friends in New York...might have to hit them up!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Collegeville Monster Squad Dracula Costume / Hershey Ads / Pumpkin-Head Ghosts

First off comes this super cool Dracula Mask from Collegeville, right out of the Monster Squad movie, which I'll admit I never knew had costumes...didn't think it was that popular back then.

Then there's these two ads--one's a Hershey ad(I believe it's 2011) and the other is a Carnation milk ad, though it's definitely more Fall-centric than Halloween.

Then finally these not Vintage, but definitely very cool Pumpkin-headed ghost hangers. I wouldn't mind picking up a set of these myself.