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Old News #1: Ghostbusters Clippings!

Welcome to Dino Drac’s hot new series: OLD NEWS!

In this recurring feature, I’ll be digging up ancient newspaper ads and articles, mostly from the ‘80s and ‘90s. It doesn’t sound so interesting when I put it that way, but trust me, some this stuff will punch you in the heart.

After all, with virtually all video-related media being so easily accessible these days, it takes a much deeper dig to make us nostalgia nuts say “wow.”

When you see some of these clippings, I think you’ll say “wow.”

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(November 1984)

Each edition of OLD NEWS will tackle one specific topic. Since I’m starting this series during the Halloween Countdown, it seemed appropriate to kick things off with Ghostbusters!

Scroll forth, and be merry. I’ve divided this edition’s clippings into sections, which cover everything from Kenner’s Real Ghostbusters toys to Hi-C Ecto Cooler! Read More…

This Monster Cereals Castle is amazing.

With all of the fuss surrounding this year’s debuting Halloween goodies, some of you may be ignoring the old faithfuls. Big mistake!

Let’s take General Mills and their Monster Cereals, for example. Historically the gatekeepers of Halloween (General Mills is usually the first company to make announcements about the pending season), they keep finding new ways to make us go crazy for old cereal. It’s no different in 2015!

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This year, General Mills has released our beloved trio in no less than three different box styles. Most stores will carry the “standard” boxes, which allow for interaction with your phone by way of a free app. Then you can head to Walmart for different boxes with cutout masks on the back. Last but not least, the Target-exclusive boxes have their own gimmick, and in my view, it’s clearly the best of the three.

Shown above, Target’s Monster Cereal boxes arrive with cutout pieces that can be joined to form THE MONSTERS’ CASTLE. Just so we’re clear, this is the part where you silently mouth “holy shit” before prematurely scrolling to this post’s final photos. (No, really, don’t be that guy.) Read More…

Burger King’s Halloween Whopper IS HERE.

It’s here. It’s real. It’s on.

Burger King’s Halloween Whopper — also cumbersomely known as the “HA.1.LOWEEN WHOPPER” — has finally arrived. Of course, if you follow Dino Drac on Facebook, you knew about this back on September 9th, when I broke the story with the help of some anonymous tipsters. Yeah, I’m bragging over cheeseburger gossip. I have so little.

No matter what you think of Burger King, the Halloween Whopper is unquestionably 2015’s “big one.” At the start of the Halloween season, I noted that while this was shaping up to be a great year as far as the pure volume of spooky foodstuffs went, we hadn’t yet found that one special thing to lead the pack. Guys, this is IT.

2013 had Frute Brute, 2014 had those Ghostbusters Donuts, and now 2015 has CHEESEBURGERS WITH BLACK BUNS. The cycle continues. The Ancient Ones have been appeased.

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Burger King stayed quiet through most of September, but now they’re pushing the Whoppers big time, with TV commercials, all sorts of promoted mentions on social media, and really cool posters hanging on the windows of most BK restaurants. Could this really be worth so much fuss? Oh, hell yes.

Each Whopper arrives in a special edition mummy-themed wrapper, which even on its own is worth the price of admission. The wrappers strike me as being made from thicker-than-usual paper, and the design is absolutely suitable for framing. You can trust me on that last part. Read More…

The Purple Stuff Podcast: Episode 8!

What a perfect night! Noisy crickets, the occasional howling wind, and even a few stray creaks that I’ve decided to attribute to ghosts. We’re days away from October, and I never want this feeling to stop.

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If you’re not quite so filled with Halloween spirit, maybe tonight’s Purple Stuff Podcast can help! This week, me and Jay from The Sexy Armpit take turns pitching the perfect spooky songs for your Halloween playlists.

I’d normally balk at an hourlong music conversation, but “Halloween” is one of the few “genres” that I’m crazy into. Actually, the hardest part was limiting our podcast playlist to a scant thirteen songs!

(PS: Some of Jay’s picks might be new to you, but all of mine are already on the site’s Halloween Jukebox… which you can find on the lower-right of this page. I also gotta send much love to Leopardactyl for crafting us a killer new Purple Stuff opening theme! Love it!)

Give us a listen on the player below, or access the MP3 directly over here. Weekly reminder: We’re also on iTunes and Stitcher.

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Goosebumps Shake at Johnny Rockets!

I pride myself on being on top of the many nutty Halloween food promotions, but every now and again, I’m thrown a delicious curveball.

Earlier today, someone from Twitter informed me that there was a special Goosebumps Shake, and I’ll repeat that in all caps, GOOSEBUMPS SHAKE, at participating Johnny Rockets restaurants. (…to promote the upcoming movie, which looks phenomenal.)

I absolutely flew there, propelled as if by supernatural means. Three red light cameras are now spreading photos of my junky car.

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The nearest Johnny Rockets was over in Jersey, which, considering bridge tolls, raised the price of my shake from $5.99 to $17.74. Wonderful!

Until today, I’d actually never been inside a Johnny Rockets restaurant. Too much movement and too many bright lights. To me it seemed like the savage marriage of a discotheque and a dentist’s office. No amount of hamburgers could make me put up with that, but the promise of an official GOOSEBUMPS SHAKE did the trick. Read More…

Halloween Cereals from the 1990s!

Unforgettable yet somehow forgotten, the Halloween cereals of the late ‘90s were THINGS TO BEHOLD. With amateur digital photography and word-of-mouth internet advertising still in their collective infancy, the goal — unlike with so many of today’s spooky foodstuffs — had nothing to do with “getting people talking.”

Instead, the spooky cereals of that era had an arguably more genuine charm. They were Halloweeny in the most on-the-nose sorts of ways, and given the design trends of the time, they all came in positively gaudy boxes. Love it!

Collected below are four Halloween cereals from the very late ‘90s. Some of these boxes are extraordinarily rare, and I’m just the type of idiot who will take great pride putting the first photos of them online. Course, when someone at Buzzfeed steals ‘em next month, that pride will turn to piss.

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Kellogg’s Monster (Corn) Pops!

Did I say late ‘90s? Whoops — these are actually from 2000. Let’s assume that all of my prior points still hold. (They do.)

I’ve already written about 2001’s Candy Corn Pops, which came in one of the coolest cereal boxes from any era. Now that I’ve found this version, I dunno… I think I might like it even better.

The front of the Monster Pops box positively begs to become a six foot poster. Many of us have openly pleaded with General Mills to add a rights-skirting spin on Gill-man to their Monster Cereals lineup, but back in 2000, Kellogg’s came pretty close on their own! (We never found out exactly who that green paw belonged to, but come on… it had to be the Creature from the Black Lagoon.)

While the cereal resembled candy corn, I don’t believe it was actually meant to taste like it. I’m thinking this was some weird lemon/orange concoction. Edible Pledge. Read More…