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Below are most of the Dino Drac blog archives. Certain categories may be excluded to keep things tidier. If you notice any typos, pretend you didn’t.

  • Purple Stuff: CBS Halloween Specials, 1985!

    It’s Halloween week, and we’re coming in with a big swing! In this special edition of The Purple Stuff Podcast, me and Jay from Sludge Central are diving into the 1985 broadcasts of Garfield’s Halloween Adventure *and* It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! They aired back-to-back

  • 2020’s Best Halloween Junk Food, Part 4!

    This will be the final edition of 2020’s Best Halloween Junk Food, but that’s just because I’m running out of time, not candy. I’m so impressed with the volume of snacks we got this year, especially since 2020 “is what it is,” and I doubt anyone was expecting that much from it.

  • Dino Drac’s Halloween Funpack is here!

    The October Funpack is always one of the most important of the year, so I try my best to really make it rock. This year, I think I’ve succeeded — get a load of the goodies! UNITED STATES ONLY! *VERY* LIMITED SUPPLY! It’s a Halloween party in a box, loaded with cool collectibles,

  • Boris Karloff’s Guacamole Recipe!

    Today I made Boris Karloff’s guacamole. No, really: Some of you should be familiar with this 1960s newspaper clipping, where Boris Karloff — yes, as in Frankenstein’s Monster — shared his recipe for guacamole. The recipe is pretty “web famous,” and I’m hardly the firs

  • 2020’s Best Halloween Junk Food, Part 3!

    It’s been a great year for Halloween foodies, but in a quiet sort of way. While we haven’t gotten anything on the level of Fruity Yummy Mummy or the Halloween Whopper, there’s been an awful lot of not-awful stuff! As this edition of 2020’s Best Halloween Junk Food will demonstr

  • Classic Creepy Commercials, Volume 28!

    Whether you’re into Freddy Krueger, Universal Studios or KILLER ROBOT CABBAGE PATCH KIDS, this edition of Classic Creepy Commercials will satisfy your weird craving. Enjoy: Freddy’s Holiday Party Contest! (1988) Stay with me here, because it gets convoluted! If you lived in Portlan

  • Spooky VCR Games, Ripped 4 Your Pleasure.

    Hi, I’m Matt, and I collect tapes from old VCR board games. Just the tapes, I mean. I can’t honestly claim that they’re super fun to watch without the game components, but as a kid, I did it all the time. It started with the Clue VCR Mystery Game. My parents received it as a

  • Dino Drac’s Envelopes of Evil are back!

    Surprise — it’s back! Dino Drac’s fifth ENVELOPE OF EVIL is available now, assuming you live in the U.S. and have $31 to spare. You’ll receive a Priority Mail envelope stuffed with all sorts of spooky goodies, and maybe one that isn’t spooky at all. It’s a macabre mix of re

  • A Halloween Mood Table For My Cat.

    Well, it’s October 1st, and you know what that means. Halloween Mood Table time! I invented the Halloween Mood Table back in 2007. You can think of it as Halloween’s Christmas tree. Just set up a small table somewhere in the house, and cover it with spooky junk. Beyond the decorative f

  • McDonald’s Haunted Halloween Happy Meal!

    When I say “Halloween Happy Meal,” your mind drifts to one of two things: Those awesome buckets, or that army of costumed Chicken McNuggets. And hey, I get it! Objectively, those are the best spooky goodies McD’s has ever produced. Doesn’t mean that there aren’t others deserving

  • Purple Stuff Podcast: Spooky Songs VII!

    The Purple Stuff Podcast is back with one of its most important shows of the year! (Yes, creepy music is very important.) It’s the seventh volume of our annual series, SPOOKY SONGS! Me and Jay from Sludge Central are ready to boost your Halloween playlists with ten terrifying tracks that

  • Halloween on the Ancient Internet: Part 3!

    In this edition of Halloween on the Ancient Internet, you’ll see everything from the original Scream’s original site to a bunch of discontinued ice cream flavors. I’m pushing all of your best buttons. We’re gonna have a time! Unplug your landlines and settle in with that sweet 2400

  • 2020’s Best Halloween Junk Food, Part 2!

    Time for the second edition of 2020’s Best Halloween Junk Food! If you missed the first one, it’s over here. Given how much the real world sucks, it’s been a surprisingly strong year for Halloween snacks. All we need is for one fast food giant to roll the dice on a spooky promotion,

  • Horror Promos Rescued From VHS Tapes!

    With even the most obscure horror movies now available on Blu-ray, collecting VHS tapes is mostly for the diehards. (Course, you’ll never convince me that watching something like Ghoulies doesn’t “hit different” on videocassette!) Still, there is one unsung aspect of those old tape

  • Dino Drac’s Spooky September Funpack!

    Time to unveil Dino Drac’s Spooky September Funpack! To the surprise of no one, it’s Halloween in a box! UNITED STATES ONLY! Now, here’s the deal: Subscriptions are already sold out. If you were already on the list, congratulations, you are absolutely getting the Spooky September Fun

  • Five Random Action Figures, Part 47!

    It’s been almost a year since the last edition of Five Random Action Figures, and I’ve been flooded with feedback from at least two whole people demanding a new one. You win! Since it’s the Halloween season, this is an all-spooky edition. These figures will haunt your nightmares, or

  • Classic Creepy Commercials, Volume 27!

    In this edition of Classic Creepy Commercials, you’ll see everything from an ophidian drug dealer to grainy Ghoulies. What fun we’ll have! These spots are older than you, and so am I. If you missed Volume 26, click here. If you miss Dairy Queen’s Cotton Candy Blizzard, click here

  • 2020’s Best Halloween Junk Food, Part 1!

    It might not be fair, but every Halloween season is judged by its junk food. I gotta wonder how things will play out this year, when the world is upside-down. Like, does Burger King just say “fuck it,” or should I be waiting for them to announce a Burger from the Black Lagoon? Quantity

  • Halloween on the Ancient Internet: Part 2!

    Make a cup of coffee, fire up the 56k modem and settle in for another edition of Halloween on the Ancient Internet. If you missed the first edition, I dove into the depths of the Internet Archive to rescue little slices of Halloween goodness from the late ‘90s and early 2000s. This time,

  • Old Halloween Newspaper Clippings, #8!

    Welcome to another edition of Old Halloween Newspaper Clippings — and the first for the 2020 season! I’ve always loved writing these articles, even if they’ve never exactly stirred Dino Drac’s audience to chant my name at sports games. Really, you’d think thousand-word es