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Purple Stuff: 1990s Halloween eBay Dig!

On the eve of October, we’re just in time with this month’s Purple Stuff Podcast!

We think you’re gonna have a blast with this one. Me and Jay from Sludge Central dived deep into eBay to pluck out the best and weirdest Halloween collectibles the 1990s had to offer! Join us on our eerie eBay search party!

Highlights include everything from old spooky Ziploc bags to the Monster in My Pocket Monster Mountain! And yeah, of course some Halloween McNugget Buddies make an appearance, too. There’s something for everyone in this ep!

Click here to listen to this month’s show!

You can also find the new episode on Spotify, or Apple, or wherever else you listen to podcasts.

As a reminder, The Purple Stuff Podcast is also on Patreon, where you can grab an exclusive bonus show each and every month. September’s is up now, and when you join, you’ll also gain access to ALL prior bonus shows! Years of them! Read More…

Dino Drac’s Daily Halloween Thing!

Welcome to Dino Drac’s Daily Halloween Thing — an old school blog-within-a-blog! Updated every day between now and October 31st!

Hang out in the comments and make this one of your daily Halloween pitstops. I won’t be plugging this project on social media very often, so it’ll be up to you to check back!

Saturday, October 1st:

October is here! I hope you’ve had a great season so far. Now we’re in the REAL DEAL HALLOWEEN SEASON, so make the most of these next four weeks!

I’m using today to catch up on doing nothing. It’s been a minute since I could get away with blowing a day that way. Candles burning, Amityville II streaming, Halloween the Cat sleeping, and I’m under enough heavy blankets to do a solid imitation of Giles Corey.

I’ve started prep on my next video, and will continue once I’m done vegetating. It’s just such a perfect day for laying around. Cold air, gray skies, it’s drizzling, and I just remembered that extra box of Hocus Pocus cereal waiting in my trunk.

(That cereal is the f’n bomb, by the way. It’s somewhere between Strawberry Honeycomb and C-3PO’s.)

Happy October! Go do something or nothing. Whichever makes you happier.

Friday, September 30th:

Dropped the latest Purple Stuff Podcast today, which is about some of the best and weirdest Halloween-related items currently listed on eBay. We had so much fun with this one!

The hardest part was narrowing down our picks. It killed me to leave a few choice items out of the show, like that Bram Stoker’s Dracula Hologram from 1992.

There was a whole set of these, and if you’re wondering why Bram Stoker’s Dracula was commemorated with fancy holograms, I have an answer!

At that particular point in time, “upscale holograms” had become a bit of a fad item, to the point where there were entire stores dedicated to selling them – usually in artsy and/or touristy areas. I first saw the Dracula holograms in one such store, while on vacation with my parents at God knows where.

They ended up choosing some lame hologram of a generic clown, but you better believe that I made my best pitch for vampires. The memory is still so vivid that I can’t believe I never pulled the trigger on one of these eBay auctions. Which brings me to this week’s physical challenge!

PHYSICAL CHALLENGE: Before sundown on Sunday, buy something on eBay that tickles your Halloween nostalgia bone. If you don’t use eBay, just abide by the spirit of the challenge and use a different site. Goal is to grab something you either had or wanted long ago. Remember, it’s gotta be at least vaguely spooky! Read More…

Video: 1989 TV Broadcast of Amityville 3-D!

I’ve been sitting on a particularly great home-recorded VHS tape for a while now, waiting for the Halloween Countdown to get rollin’ so I could show you its holy/unholy contents. The day is finally here!


In my new vid, we’re diving into a network television broadcast of Amityville 3-D, recorded back in October of 1989. This aired on WWOR-TV in New York, which was probably the only broadcast network that would’ve fricked around with a movie like Amityville 3-D.

I’ll tell you a bit about the film, but this video is really just an excuse to talk about the great TV commercials that aired during it. We’ve got everything from Robert Stack’s Maaco commercial to a sultry 900 number, and maybe even some English Muffins.

I had a lot of fun with this one, and I hope it shows. “1989 TV broadcast of Amityville 3-D” isn’t exactly the easiest pitch to make, but give it a shot. If you’re into the kind of junk I cover, you’re gonna dig this.

Fun fact, or maybe a not-so-fun fact: I’ve been under the weather today, but I muscled through this fairly major edit to keep up my Friday night video release streak. So when you watch this, just know that I suffered for it! I suffered more than anyone should for a video about old Maaco commercials.

Hope you dig the vid, and have a spooky Saturday and Sunday! Remember to keep checking Dino Drac’s Daily Halloween Thing, too, because brother, it works weekends.

Video: 1988 Woolworth Halloween Circular!

Start your spooky September weekend with a ten-minute Dino Drac video about ninja costumes:


Naw, it’s about more than just that. I’m thrilled to debut my big dissection of a Halloween-themed Woolworth circular from 1988, absolutely STUFFED with everything that made the Octobers of your childhood great.

We’re talking about costumes, candy, some kind of weird laughing doll, and even a big batch of horror movies on VHS. I’m very happy with how this one turned out, and I hope it gives you all kinds of haunted fuzzies.

Enjoy the vid! (And if you do, please share it around!) Have a great weekend, and remember to stop by Dino Drac’s Daily Halloween Thing every night, too!