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Dino Drac’s 2016 Halloween Countdown!

Welcome, foolish mortals.

Dinosaur Dracula’s 2016 Halloween Countdown…




Thank you for that, Larry and Leviathan. Whatever that was.

This is my favorite time of year. People who aren’t Halloween addicts may look at us like we’re peculiarly focused on one single day, but really, October 31st is just the cherry on top.

This isn’t about Halloween proper, because let’s face it, Halloween proper marks the end of the season. It’s kind of sad, in its way. That’s why we spend it drinking heavily while dressed like goblins. Extreme measures to dull the pain.

Whenever someone blasts me for starting too early, I just think… why wouldn’t I? The Halloween season is the only time of year when I feel pretty close to 100% alive. Why would I want to limit that to just one month? You should be asking me why I don’t start in June.

“You’ll get bored with Halloween before it even gets here,” others might say. Trust me, I won’t. I don’t see how anyone could. I mean, maybe I’ll get sick of writing about it, but I doubt that I’ll ever piss on the excuse to draw bat/reaper hybrids while watching Unsolved Mysteries, with my free hand dipping into a bucket of fun-sized Snickers. You tell me that that’s a thing, and I’m gonna book the cabin for an extra month.

You wouldn’t be here if you disagreed.

So let’s party.


The Halloween Countdown began in 2003, when I was still running X-E. Counting those and the Dino Drac years, this is my fourteenth Countdown. This is my baby, and it’s probably older than yours.

A fair portion of you have been with me since the beginning. Together we’ve discovered that if you treat the Halloween season with the right sort of reverence, you’ll get to spend two months each year feeling half your age. Let’s listen to Filter and break Snapple bottles. While dressed like werewolves. Give me a rubber bat, and I’ll give you a better Matt. Read More…

Vampire’s Secret Ice Pops!

I’ve been waiting to write about these STUPID AWESOME POPSICLES for more than a decade. Sounds nuts, but LOOK AT THEM:


I first heard of Good Humor’s Vampire’s Secret ice pops back in the early days of X-E, from readers who kinda sorta remembered them, but only with sketchy, impressionistic details.

The photo above, which belongs to Planet-Q on Flickr, was perhaps the internet’s first slice of legitimate Vampire’s Secret evidence. Posted in the early 2000s, it’s still the best proof online.

I didn’t grow up eating these, and originally believed that I was just born too late to have done so. After all, from concept to design, Vampire’s Secret looks like something from the very early ‘80s at latest, but more likely from the 1970s. In truth, these babies were born in 1992. How in God’s name did I miss them?!

Each black cherry ice pop hid a “cherry sauce” center, obviously meant to resemble blood. Vampire’s Secret pops were on the nose to an almost farcical degree, and that’s exactly what’s so great about them. They probably weren’t made with Halloween in mind, yet they’re the most sincere Halloween treats I’ve ever seen. Linus would eat the shit out of these. Read More…

12 Seriously Scary Movie Scenes!

Me and Jay never expected The Purple Stuff Podcast to last for a full year, but here we are. When we decided to do this last summer, I just figured that it would be a “better than nothing” bonus deal to toss on the site on dead weekends. Instead, it waaay surpassed our expectations (thanks to you) and evolved into something we both really enjoy doing and put a lot of work into.

…but we’ve never forgotten that the show was bred as a Halloween thing, so we’re very excited to get back in the spooky swing of things!


In celebration of The Purple Stuff Podcast’s one year anniversary, this episode marks the start of our 2016 Halloween season! From now through THE BIG DAY, all of our shows will have something to do with Halloween — in whatever vague form that may take.

To kick things off, we’re celebrating 12 SERIOUSLY SCARY MOVIE SCENES. (Mostly mainstream ones, I admit.) These are the moments that weren’t just gross or gory or artistically haunting, but that actually literally frightened us.

We’re covering everything from The Blair Witch Project to Jacob’s Ladder to, um, RoboCop 2. Give us a listen by clicking the giant, ugly play button down below!


You can also download this week’s episode by right-clicking here.

Reminder: The Purple Stuff Podcast can also be found on iTunes, Stitcher and Podbean.

Thanks for listening to us yak for a year!

As for Dino Drac, I’m still gearing up for the official Halloween Countdown, which begins on August 27th. Course, it’s pretty hard to resist posting about everything NOW, what with all of the cool stuff already popping up in stores. Like, say, these: Read More…