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The Purple Stuff Podcast: Episode 10!

Gutting through a nightmarish slog of technical mishaps, we’re finally ready to release the latest episode of The Purple Stuff Podcast!

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This time, me and Jay from The Sexy Armpit chat about GHASTLY GHOSTS from all walks of pop culture. (And by “all walks” I mainly mean movies, but a few others may have slipped into our convo.)

The convo tackles eleven of our favorite supernatural specters, from Samara to the Scoleri Brothers. Give us a listen on the player below, or download the MP3 directly right over here!

Reminder: The Purple Stuff Podcast is also on iTunes and Stitcher!

(Feel free to talk about some of your favorite pop culture ghosts, in the comments!)

When you’re done with that, go check out the brand new Sexy Armpit Halloween Special, and not just because I play a small part in it!

But wait! I’m not through with you yet!

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Oh yes, it’s time for Dino Drac’s ENVELOPE OF EVIL II.

It’s another envelope full of Halloween horrors! Everything shown above can be yours for $20 shipped. (And these go out via Priority Mail, too!) Please note that the Envelopes of Evil II are only available in the United States!

Quantities are extremely limited, and these won’t be restocked!

Click the button at the bottom of this post to order, but first, read on to see what you’ll be getting! Read More…

Madd Matt reviews old Rice Krispies.

Well! Look who crawled back out of the cave….

After a lengthy absence, Madd Matt has returned to tell you about three old boxes of Halloween-themed Rice Krispies cereal. Yes, that’s what finally got him to speak up.

(If you’d prefer, click here to watch the video on YouTube directly!) Read More…

Five Random Action Figures, Part 22!

I didn’t want the Countdown to slip by without at least one Halloween-themed edition of Five Random Action Figures, so here you go!

My criteria was simple. “Would the figure look good on my Halloween Mood Table?” If the answer was “yes,” it was safe to include.

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a3The Headless Horseman!
Sleepy Hollow, 1999

My pal Anthony donated this one, thereby guaranteeing himself lifetime access to one of my kidneys. I’m a huge fan of Sleepy Hollow, and — with the admission that I may be in the minority on this — consider it one of Tim Burton’s best movies.

The film was this weird-but-brilliant black comedy that never let itself in on the joke. It was cheesy and preposterous, but it never told you that it knew these things. (It’s also super atmospheric, and just perfect for this time of year. Like a futuristic Yankee Candle, Sleepy Hollow seems somehow scented with autumn.)

The movie would’ve meant so much less without Christopher Walken as the Headless Horseman, though. God, guys! It had to be one of his easiest paychecks ever, but he was SO good in this.

“Here’s the plan, Chris. Your only line with be ‘neeeaaarrrrhhh!’ We’ll dress you like a vampire version of Pinhead. And that’s literally it.”

McFarlane Toys got in on the “mature” market long before most other companies. This figure, which has a removable head and came packaged with severed heads, could never be construed as a “kid’s toy.” Read More…

Dino Drac’s October Funpack!

Wheeee, finally! My apologies for the small delay in giving you the scoop on this month’s Funpack, but I think you’ll agree that it was worth the wait!

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Dino Drac’s October 2015 Funpack is available now! Subscriptions open to those in the United States only!

For those new to the site, I mail out Funpacks every month to anyone willing to pony up. The price is $25 a month, and that includes shipping. You can cancel anytime without penalty, but for as long as you remain a subscriber, you’ll get a new Funpack every month!

You can skip to the bottom of this post for additional information on subscriptions, as well as the link to get started. First, let’s take a look at what’s in this month’s box!

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Oh yeah, it’s a box of complete Halloween madness, stuffed with over TEN creeeeepy items! Toys, collectibles, decorations… even snacks!

Let’s move in for a closer inspection, and remember, every subscriber will receive EVERYTHING shown below! Read More…

An ode to Pumpkin Spice Quaker Oatmeal.

After all my years of blogging,
I’ve learned a thing or two.

Like how stories about oatmeal…
Won’t mean much to you.

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Before I even started writing,
The bloom was off the rose.

So whatever, fine, fuck it.
I’ll do it in rhymed prose. Read More…

1980s McDonald’s Halloween Pails!

After writing about the famed McDonald’s McNugget Buddies last month, I thought it’d be fitting to pay tribute to the only Halloween Happy Meal that was even better:

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Yes, McDonald’s Halloween Pails. It’s not at all hyperbolic to name them as some of the best Happy Meal “prizes” ever, nor is it an exaggeration to say that — at least for those of a certain age — these pails absolute embody Halloween.

The first national release came in 1986, with the trio shown above. The promotion’s wild success guaranteed repeats, and sure enough, this is one of the few Happy Meal sets that McDonald’s repeated in subsequent years, dotted across the rest of the ‘80s and into the ‘90s.

Future sets included additional colors and “characters,” but I’ve always been fondest of the original all-orange versions. These were Halloween toys in the purest imaginable form. Today, they evoke more a sense of innocence than visions of ghouls and goblins. Read More…