Monday, September 22, 2014

2014 Spookylicious Poptarts!

I've covered Spookylicious Poptarts once before. And while the formula has not chanced since then, they are still the exact same combination of orange frosting and chocolate fudge innards, the outside of the box has undergone a bit of a facelift.

To be perfectly honest the original Spookylicious design was a bit of a half-assed effort. Essentially it looks like they tossed on the first two clipart imagines that came up after searching for "Halloween" and called it an evening.

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Not this time around.

This time we are treated with a creepy looking gothic castle background and a few pumpkins, bats, and at least one rouge own sitting on that dead tree.

Perhaps my favorite aspect is how if you squint your eyes and look at the package sideways that big orange Poptart is totally meant to look like a gravestone. You'll never be able to convince me of that otherwise.

I'm glad that Spookylicious Poptarts have became a thing that returns each and every year. They are so rich and full of unhealthy bullshit that I wouldn't dare to eat them often... but once or twice during the Halloween Season. I think we can make an exception.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

2014 Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash!

This happens at the start of every Halloween Countdown, just when things are starting to turn spooky outside, here comes Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash to remind everyone that the Christmas Season is right around the proverbial corner.

I am alright with this.

As a matter of fact I've sort of come to embrace the idea that you can celebrate both seasons almost simultaneously. It is strange. It is interesting. And I enjoy it. I like the notion that I can walk into Hobby Lobby, fill a cart with plastic pumpkins and vampires... then walk an isle over and find Santa sitting next to an ornate looking tree.

But I digress. We have Sierra Mist to speak about. And this year there is a surprisingly large amount of stuff to mention. Well, by large amount... I mean probably another paragraph.

This year there is at least another paragraph worth of stuff mentioning.

It is still a little to early to know for sure, but it seems to me the overarching theme of 2014 is new package designs. All of our old friends are coming back but this year they've got some fancy new school clothing. Thanks Mr. Obama.

I wholeheartedly approve this decision. One of my big gripes is stagnant package designs on season products. I love knowing that certain items will release every year, Halloween Oreo's... Cranberry Splash... Count Chocula, just to name a few. I hate when they recycle the same look as the previous year. It is my belief that every year they should create something new. Give us fans something to be excited about.

If memory serves me correctly, I think this is the third overall design that Cranberry Splash has went through. I dig the fact that it is sporting an overall red label this year. With just a hint of green on it, giving it that sort of unofficial Christmas look that I am pretty sure Cranberry Splash is meant to invoke.

I still wish they would just go for it and stick a bunch of Christmas Trees and snowflakes all over it and just call the shit what we all recognize it as: the best Christmas beverage of the season.

Regardless here it is. While it is way to early to start decorating the tree, it is never to early to start drinking Cranberry Splash. And if you guys decide to watch "Christmas Vacation" tonight... promise I won't tell anybody.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Things That Live In My Basement

Did you guys know that I do photography? Nothing professional but I'd like to think that it is decent enough. Since this years countdown is off to a slower than normal start, I figured I could share some of photos with everyone. Today's first batch is dedicated to the creepy little things that live in my basement. Enjoy and stay spooky!

It Lives In My Basement by GrindhouseCinema on deviantART

It Lives In My Basement: II by GrindhouseCinema on deviantART

It Lives In My Basement: III by GrindhouseCinema on deviantART

It Lives In My Basement:IV by GrindhouseCinema on deviantART

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Welcome to the 2014 Halloween Countdown!

Good-evening Boils and Ghouls... Welcome to the 2014 Halloween Countdown! It sure seems like the Halloween Season really sneaked up upon us this year, doesn't it? Usually I am scouring every inch of every store possible and am completely on top of when they switch from summer to the fall season.

Not this year.

I was out and about the other day and was pleasantly surprised when the local grocery store had an entire isle of Halloween Candy. Then discovered that our hardware store had out a bunch of props and decorations. Finally hit the jackpot at the pharmacy with some extremely discounted makeup kits and blacklight bulbs (we will get to those items shortly).

It was like all of a sudden I had found myself smack dab at the start of the Halloween Season and hadn't even realized it! Honestly, it was a nice (creepy?) surprise. I love the long stretch from the beginning of September that spans Halloween and lasts until December 31st and the end of Christmas. 

Everything from now until then is such an adventure. Even normal, everyday activities seem so much more important when they are under the guise of pumpkins and bats. Later morphing into Santa and snowmen.

I am like a child in some sort of establishment that sells sweetened, artificially flavored treats.

And I've got no idea what is in store for the 2014 Halloween Countdown. This year I fully plan on just winging it and seeing what happens along the way. No grand theme. No grand scheme. Just whatever festivities the Halloween Gods present us along the way.

And so far they have been kind.

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I uncovered everything you see above from the single, lone pharmacy that dwells just off the main street in my town. We used to have three of these kinds of places but two of them went out of business when the grocery store (part of a larger worldwide chain) expanded into its new building and put in a gigantic pharmacy of its own.

Which is as much of a shame as it sounds, because I adore these old pharmacy's for a multitude of reasons. Mostly it is because they act as a time machine of sorts to products that are years to old to still be available for purchase, yet somehow still are.

They don't exactly put dates on light bulbs but if I had to guess.... would 1993 be to early of an estimate? I don't think so. I remember back when every piece of Halloween merchandise had that exact same package design, purple background with black bats and that same green text. Everything. It all looked like that. It doesn't anymore but it totally used to.

... I feel like nobody cares about my review of a Halloween light bulb package. FYI: they cost only .99 cents a piece.

Moving onto the star of the show is all these "Character Makeup" kits that got marked all the way down to .50 cents a piece. Praise be the Great Pumpkin for this find!

Essentially, I could care less about the instructions included with these kits. You guys know as well as I do that it's never going to end up looking like whats advertised. No, I purchased them because it was a great way to get a bulk setup of makeup contains, sponges, brushes, and a few pre-made appliances. I will figure out my own way to utilize them a bit later on.

I know it is not much of a grand opening to the 2014 Halloween Countdown but it is only the first week in September. We'll move onto much bigger and bolder things soon enough.

For now I am just happy that the Halloween Season has finally arrived! Stay tuned, everyone. Much more spooky content to come.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Some Scary Cool Purchases!

Well now that we've made it past the 4th of July, which I've long since touted as the last "big" obstacle standing in the way of the summer months and that strange invisible barrier that dictates when Halloween can officially begin.

Now that we are past that point I feel much more confident in my ability to write about how freaking excited I am for the fall season to finally arrive!

It's even unintentionally crept its way into my shopping cart. Without fully realizing it everything that I purchased the other day looks completely at home in the month of October. Let's take a closer look at this weeks spooky haul: 

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I have to start with my favorite item first, Time Life: Mysteries of the Unknown. A 93 page magazine dedicated to everything from Ouija Boards to the legend of Bigfoot. I don't think  I have ever loved a magazine more than this.

This is exactly the kind of reading material that I gravitated towards as a kid. Story time, I remember my grandparents having some really old blue book, the dusty old kind with torn up bindings and frail pages.

It was a science fiction book filled with a bunch of "what if" scenarios for what life on other planets might be like. As interesting as the text was the best part of it was the pictures.

They looked like hand drawn oil paintings that had been resized and, I dunno shrunk down to book size through the use of black magic. These pictures were flat out amazing, featuring bright colors with neon landscapes and all kinds of badass monsters.

Think Lovecraftian style artwork. This was that book. And I remember every day during summer vacation (which I spent at my grandparents) I would read through and thumb through that book. Completely amazed by the drawing and fantastical text.

None of that really has anything to do with Time Life's Mysteries of the Unknown but I can guarantee you that had I owned a magazine like this back then, I would have spent all summer long going through its pages. Taking each and every work as gospel.

If it said ghosts existed then damnit, they would be real. I love this magazine. I love the idea of this magazine. I have no idea how it got published but I am so very thankful that it did and I found it.

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Next up is some cheap novels. I am almost exclusively a Kindle user these days but every now and then I dig through those big dump bills full of stupid books nobody has ever heard of and pull out something interesting. For a combined total of five dollars I found two that I absolutely could not live without.

The Haunting of America: From the Salem Witch Trails to Harry Houdini. Pretty much has everything that I love covered. I don't know if this book is historical fiction, actual fiction, or pure bullshit. My guess is going to be a combination of all three. I am looking forward to diving headfirst into this one and plowing through its contents in a couple days.

I am not going to lie, I purchased The Monster's Corner for the cover. Even if I never read it (which is a very distinct possibility) it'll look great sitting on a shelf someplace and be worth at least looking at when the leaves finally start to change and the temperatures drop.

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Finally, this Blu-Ray full of horror films nobody has ever heard of. Four dumb horror films for only $1.00. Duh, count me in. If my math serves me correctly that is .25 cents per flick. Meaning I could have theoretically payed for this disc with leftover change from the ashtray in my car.

Films like these are basically filler material. Background noise, if you will. When I write I love to stick something on in the background and turn the volume down just low enough that it can be heard, but not high enough to be distracting.

This collection is perfect for that. Goofy, probably dumb horror films that even if I only half pay attention to... will probably end up enjoying more than if I attempted to watch properly.

I think I made out pretty well for the week. All of it seems like a decent unofficial start to the Halloween Season, and with the prospect of another polar vortex creeping its way into my part of the country early next week... I'm sure I'll be in the Halloween mood much sooner than normal this time of year.

Stay spooky my friends!