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12 Spooky Songs for your Halloween Playlist!

It might not feel like it, but it’s the first day of autumn!

Nobody can deny that we’re in the Halloween season now. If you were holding off on taping up cardboard skulls or transforming into a bat or whatever, now is the time!

To help ring in the best season of the year, we’re back with a brand new full-length episode of The Purple Stuff Podcast. This week, me and Jay from The Sexy Armpit add the latest chapter to our Spooky Songs series.

In Spooky Songs IV, we’ll boost your Halloween playlist with a dozen oddball picks, ranging from horrific pop songs to pro-wrestling entrance themes. We did a pretty deep dig on this one!

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.

Thanks so much for listening and for sharing the show around! Without you, there’d be no us! Read More…

2017’s Best Halloween Junk Food, Part 2!

I’m back with more of this year’s hottest Halloween junk food. Some are new for 2017, others are just new to Dino Drac.

If you missed Part 1, start there!

Since three of these are pumpkin spice-related, I’ll admit that my prediction about last year being THE last year for the pumpkin spice craze was way off

(Alternatively, I could go back and edit old articles until I’m correct. I might.)

Pumpkin Spice Gouda Cheese!
Found at: Stop & Shop

The weirdest thing about pumpkin spice cheese is that it’s… pretty good? This was one of the few times I’ve dealt with a pumpkin spice food that wasn’t either “too strange” or “just cinnamon.”

The flavor didn’t seem much different from plain Gouda at first, but then came the subtle yet unmistakable pumpkin spice aftertaste. You kinda have to chew the cheese to get to it, which is only unreasonable if you’re the type who swallows cheese whole. Frrrreak.

It’s basically Gouda cheese with a hint of nutmeg, neither too spicy nor too sweet to disqualify it from everyday Gouda purposes. Whatever they may be.

GRADE: A. I just love the idea of an official autumn cheese. The flavor was a nice surprise, but the mere fact that I can celebrate Halloween by buying cheese was worth an “A” no matter what. Read More…

Classic Creepy Commercials, Volume 17!

Get set for another batch of Classic Creepy Commercials, featuring everything from horror movies to space aliens to bugs made out of Play-Doh. We’re gonna have a time!

The Official Boglins Hotline! (1988)

Yep, this was a real thing that really happened. An official Boglins hotline!

As I’ve mentioned before, 1988 must’ve been THE biggest year for kid-targeted 900 numbers. It seemed like virtually every person or thing that kids were even mildly interested in had one.

This commercial was low-fi in the best ways. Though the Boglins brand was owned by Mattel, this was clearly not Mattel’s work. (Part of the ad’s charm is knowing how easily one could do a frame-by-frame recreation with a couple of toys and a goofy voice. And hey, I’m free on Saturday.)

You’ll notice that each caller could score a complimentary hologram card, though I assume that only callers willing to listen to fifteen minutes’ worth of Boglins gibberish ever learned how. Read More…

Pepsi Halloween Cola: Video Taste Test!

What was that old Jean Grey quote? Something about evolution leaping forward every few hundred millennia? Keep it in mind.

PEPSI HALLOWEEN COLA. Yes, this is a real thing.

Unfortunately, as of now, it’s only a thing that exists in Japan. I spent way too much money importing the stuff so I could be one of the very first filthy Americans to taste hot pink Halloween soda.

Special occasions call for special measures, so for the first time in years, here’s a video of me without the white face paint:

Like I say in the video, Pepsi Halloween Cola basically tastes like strawberry candy, though I have no idea if that’s what it’s supposed to taste like. I mean, does it matter? It’s ungodly pink soda with a cool-as-heck Halloween label. I need no more. Read More…

Dino Drac’s Spooky September Funpack!

The Halloween season is a time for frights, yes, but it’s also a time for frivolities. At least, that’s what I need to say when I’m about to hock boxes of spooky nonsense.

Available in the United States only!

Dino Drac’s September Funpack is (finally) here!

If you don’t know the drill, I run a monthly subscription box service. For as long as you stay subscribed, you’ll keep receiving new boxes of mostly-old collectibles and assorted fun stuff! The boxes are $25 a month (including shipping), and you can cancel at any time without penalty.

The Funpacks are of critical importance during this time of year, when I’m not only putting out more content, but spending much more money to do so. Remember, this is site’s only true revenue stream! The meager ads I run don’t even come close to covering Dino Drac’s assorted costs. So on top of getting neat boxes of weird stuff every month, you’re also helping to ensure that I can keep doing this strange thing!

The Spooky September Funpack is loaded with more than a dozen items, ranging from ancient collectibles to brand new novelties, snacks, an exclusive essay, artwork and more!

If that image alone is all you need to see, scroll to the bottom for ordering info. Otherwise, keep reading to learn about EVERYTHING you’ll receive in this month’s box! Read More…

5 Legit ’80s Toys Spotted in Child’s Play!

Remember the opening scene of 1988’s Child’s Play?

Detective Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon) chases serial killer Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) into a toy store. Nearing death, Ray uses a voodoo spell to transfer his soul into a doll, signaling the start of a cheeky slasher series that’s still going strong in 2017.

But let’s back up for a second, because we HAVE to talk about that toy store…

As I understand it, “Playland Toys” was in reality a dead Chinese restaurant. Where a lesser movie would have stuffed the shelves with generic junk, the fake toy store in Child’s Play was absolutely loaded with legit ‘80s toys.

I’ve watched this scene a billion times and I’m always discovering new things, from Dizzy Dizzy Dinosaur to giant G.I. Joe vehicles. I don’t know exactly when this sequence was shot, but judging by the toys, my best guess is 1987.

Some of the goodies are easy to spot. Others only reveal themselves when you pause on a precise frame. All in all, for nostalgia purposes, the scene is worth as much as in-store footage from a 1987 Toys “R” Us.

Below are five of the coolest items spotted in Playland Toys: Read More…