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Below are most of the blog archives. Certain categories may be excluded to keep things tidier. There’s even more junk on the Features Page, too!

April 2016 Update:  I’m currently (read: finally) working on the archives to make ’em a bit more navigable. You shouldn’t have much trouble now, but check back soon for prettier pages to jump between. 🙂

  • Toys from the 1991 JCPenney Catalog!

    Ahhh, can you feel it? That crisp morning chill! Those extra thick retail catalogs! This divisive election that threatens to split the world in half like a coconut! Yes indeed, CHRISTMAS is in the air! Okay, maybe it’s a little early, but I’ll tell you this: As a kid, it was always at

  • Classic Creepy Commercials, Volume 15!

    Happy Halloween, everyone! Course, by the time most of you read this, it’ll be November. Hell, it might technically be November even by the time this gets posted. Oh well. I like November, too. Stove Top and Sunday circulars. I hope you had a tremendous season, and I hope Dino Drac playe

  • My Pet Monster!

    I did it. I took the plunge. I am now the proud owner of a vintage My Pet Monster doll, complete with break-apart handcuffs. He’s two feet of adorable terror, with stoner eyes, shark teeth and an alien dick nose. I love him. I’ve hugged him. Released by American Greetings in 1986, My P

  • Five Random Action Figures, Part 33!

    I wanted to do another edition of Five Random Action Figures before Halloween, lest I waste the excuse to take pictures of plastic monsters out in the freezing rain. So here we are, hours later, with me sneezing and my phone’s touchscreen on the fritz. I suffer for you. Rancor Monster St

  • The Wickedest Witch 1989 Halloween Special!

    We need talk about The Wickedest Witch. Starring Rue McClanahan as an exiled she-devil (seriously), the NBC special premiered on October 30th, 1989. It aired only that one time and has never been released on VHS or DVD. Even taped-off-television copies are incredibly hard to find. Life isn

  • My ALF Halloween Costume Story.

    I have a story for you. It’s pretty long, so sit down and for God’s sake close your other tabs. It’s about ALF. Gordon Motherfuckin’ Shumway. I haven’t written much about ALF on Dino Drac, but make no mistake, he was my main dude. ALF was my hero and my muse, and his TV show<

  • Dino Drac’s Halloween 2016 Funpack!

    Look dudes, you’re too old to go trick-or-treating. This Halloween, you’re gonna have to treat yourself. And I have just the thing! ($25 MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION BOX. UNITED STATES ONLY!) Dino Drac’s Halloween 2016 Funpack is finally here, and baby, it’s loaded. There are around a doze

  • Real Ghostbusters Shrinky Dinks!

    Shrinky Dinks were invented in the early ‘70s, but it wasn’t until the ‘80s that their popularity exploded. That’s when the color-and-bake sheets of polystyrene plastic caught the attention of major toy companies, leading to dedicated Shrinky Dinks sets for He-Man, Rainbow Brite an

  • 2016’s Best Halloween Junk Food, Part 3!

    I’ll say one thing about this year’s crop of Halloween junk food: It sure is big. Sooo many brands are only now taking their first swings at Halloween or autumnal releases, and good luck trying to sample it all by October 31st. The 2016 season hasn’t had many shout-from-the-rooftop s

  • Dino Drac’s Envelope of Evil III!

    If you like to spend the Halloween season making frivolous purchases, this should be up your alley: ($20 SHIPPED VIA PRIORITY MAIL! UNITED STATES ONLY!) Yes, it’s the return of Dino Drac’s Envelope of Evil! The third edition is stuffed with strange reading material and goofy goodies,

  • Vicious Videocassette Boxes, Volume VI!

    Welcome back to Vicious Videocassette Boxes, an ongoing series of tributes to… vicious videocassette boxes. There are many who collect old tapes out of sincere affinity for the format, but I’ll come out and admit that I treat videocassettes more as decorations. They’re like little

  • The 2016 Halloween Mood Table!

    Ah, finally! It’s Mood Table time! I invented the Halloween Mood Table back in 2007. That year, I was all out of sorts over various personal issues, and completely lost my Halloween spirit. The Mood Table was how I got it back. I’ve made one every year since, and along the way, hundred

  • Madd Matt’s CVS Shopping Spree.

    It’s October! I know you’re all waiting for my Halloween Mood Table (Coming tomorrow!), but I wanted to celebrate the arrival of MONTH #10 with a special bonus weekend update. So here’s me, dressed like a vampire, reviewing 50 bucks’ worth of Halloween garbage. (CLICK HERE TO SEE

  • Classic Creepy Commercials, Volume 14!

    Guess it’s lame to do another Classic Creepy Commercials post so soon, but I have a lot of great ads to get to this year. I’m worried there won’t be time for them all! (God knows your Halloween season won’t be complete until you watch a promo for a 1994 TV movie about Roseanne.) De

  • Not Your Average Scares!

    We’re ridiculously close to October, which is great and maybe also a little bit terrible. Remember to make the most of the Halloween season! DO SPOOKY STUFF! …even if it’s just listening to scary podcasts for an hour. Hey, speaking of which! Yup, we’re finally ready to drop the

  • Classic Creepy Commercials, Volume 13!

    Oof, there is some serious nostalgia in this edition of Classic Creepy Commercials. Get ready for the feels. Big thanks to Matt B. and Aaron G. for so graciously donating the ads featured below! You guys are the coolest curators. Pumpkin Kutter! (1980s) Still in production today, the Pump

  • 2016’s Best Halloween Junk Food, Part 2!

    Get set for another batch of 2016’s best Halloween junk food! (…with the same asterisk that we had last time. When I say “best,” I just mean “most interesting.” Sometimes, pretty things taste pretty bad!) Butterfinger Peanut Butter Skulls! These are terrific! I’m not sure

  • Halloween Garlic Doritos?! They’re real!

    Many countries have their own exclusive Halloween snacks, and if they’re especially good, the rest of the world can only seethe and stew over their geographical plights. Or if you’re like me, you just spend a fortune on international shipping for weird Doritos. Below are three of Jap

  • Anti-Halloween Propaganda from 1990!

    You know you’ve found the right video when there’s a goddamned McDonald’s Halloween pail on the cover: (Look close. That’s totally McGoblin.) Released in 1990, Halloween: Trick or Treat was the first in a long series of order-by-mail videos collectively known as The Pagan Invasion.

  • Five Random Action Figures, Part 32!

    Here are more of my favorite spooky action figures from the ‘80s and ‘90s, photographed in a moldy forest: Shish Kebab Beetlejuice Beetlejuice (1989) By far the best figure from Kenner’s Beetlejuice collection, Shish Kebab Beetlejuice also wins the award for weirdest. His “scary sk