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The Mostly-Complete Dino Drac Archives.

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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.

  • The 1981 TV Premiere of Halloween, on NBC.

    On October 30th, 1981, John Carpenter’s Halloween ran on television for the first time ever. Included as part of NBC’s Friday Night at the Movies series, I’m not sure that anyone could’ve predicted that this one specific broadcast would become as famous as it did. See, as part of t

  • Old Halloween Newspaper Ads, #7!

    Here’s the latest edition of Old Halloween Newspaper Ads, where I excavate spooky things from ancient newspapers and see what sorts of memories they jog. Picture me reading this paragraph to the guy who makes turkey sandwiches at the corner deli. Madballs Halloween Masks! (October 1986)

  • Addams Family Menu at IHOP!

    If you didn’t hear the news, IHOP just unleashed a special SPOOKY menu in celebration of the new Addams Family movie, which hits theaters on October 11th. I’m pretty sure I’ll be seeing the movie, but I was 100% sure that I’d be eating purple pancakes within 12 hours of IHOP’s an

  • Shakin’ Mutants from the 1990s!

    If you’ve never heard of Shakin’ Mutants, I have good news and bad news. The good news is, you’re about to hear a whole lot about Shakin’ Mutants. The bad news is also that. Just look at those gorgeous mofos. They’re in ratty condition, but I’d still call ’em some of the

  • Dino Drac’s Scary September Funpack!

    Okay, here’s the deal! If you’re already a Dino Drac Funpack subscriber, good news: You’re locked in for the Scary September Funpack, and all Funpacks beyond, so long as you don’t cancel! If you’re not already a subscriber, the bad news is, subscriptions are currently closed!

  • I ate pancakes at the Friday the 13th diner.

    Hey, did you hear? It’s Friday the 13th. I hope you’re making the most of this holy day, whether it’s with movie marathons or masked mirror selfies. I wasn’t planning anything special for the occasion, but on a hot tip from my pal Lindsey, I ended up in Blairstown, New Jersey, wher

  • Target is selling Dinosaur Dracula dolls?!

    If you haven’t heard the big news, the crown jewel of Target’s 2019 Halloween collection is… Dinosaur Dracula? Well, Target is calling it a “dragon,” but I know Dinosaur Dracula when I see him. While it would’ve been nice for Target to ask me before painting Dino Drac orange an

  • Classic Creepy Commercials, Volume 23!

    Set aside two and a half minutes and however long it takes to read 900 words, because it’s time for the 23rd edition of Classic Creepy Commercials! If this batch doesn’t put you in the mood for spiked cider and dimmed lighting, nothing will. Except maybe pot.  Halloween III on Broad

  • Hormel’s Frank ‘n Stuff Hot Dogs!

    At the tail end of 1984, Hormel introduced the most Halloweeny of all hot dogs. Probably not the kickoff line you were expecting, but whatever, you’re here. Let’s talk about Frank ‘n Stuff! I’ve mentioned Frank ‘n Stuff in prior articles, but I thought it deserved a proper, stand

  • 1989 Imagineers Halloween Costume Catalog!

    I got my hands on a spooky nostalgia bomb. Behold, Imagineering’s 1989 Halloween catalog! If you don’t remember Imagineering, they were one of the major suppliers of costumes, makeup kits and assorted Halloween accessories. If you grew up when I did, you definitely bought their stuff.

  • Mountain Dew VOODEW Halloween Soda Review!

    I’m pleased to announce that I’m finally ready to do the Dew. Mountain Dew VOODEW, that is! Nyuk nyuk nyuk. New for 2019, it’s a chalky white mystery flavor fronted by a faceless grim reaper in an orange cloak. I say with total sincerity that it doesn’t get any better than that. Th

  • Classic Creepy Commercials, Volume 22!

    Happy September! It’s arguably the best month of the year, but inarguably the month that kicks off the best quarter of the year. From now through 2020, we’ll always have some holiday-related bullshit to help us forget our troubles. Yes! Get set for the latest edition of Classic Creepy

  • Old Halloween Newspaper Ads, #6!

    The return of the Halloween Countdown means that I get to dust off one of my favorite spooky-themed article series, Old Halloween Newspaper Ads. It’s a deep dive into aspects of the season you’ve probably forgotten, all thanks to clippings from ancient newspapers. Get set to bask in th

  • Dinosaur Dracula’s 2019 Halloween Countdown!

    People like you and me, we spend most of our time just surviving. We distract ourselves as often as we can with whatever we can, but there’s always this quiet pulse of survival, like it’s what we’ll settle for even if it’s nowhere near what we’re hoping for. But then, for two mon

  • Purple Stuff Podcast: Evil Clowns!

    While Dino Drac’s Halloween Countdown doesn’t start until next Friday, it seems like many of you are counting this weekend as the official start of the spooky season. Well, good news: So is the Purple Stuff Podcast! As some of you will remember, our show was originally conceived as a H

  • Dino Drac’s Eerie August Funpack is here!

    Okay guys, it’s time. Dino Drac’s Eerie August Funpack is the first of three Halloween-themed Funpacks, and if you’re already a subscriber, good news: You’re locked in for all of them, assuming you don’t cancel! The rest of you will need to act quick, but hey, I’ve been warning

  • The Halloween Countdown is coming!

    Hey! Dinosaur Dracula’s 2019 Halloween Countdown begins on Friday, August 30th at 9PM. Here’s the teaser video, if ya missed it:  Of course, that means I have a TON to do, so don’t get worried if Dino Drac updates are next to nonexistent between now and then. I’m here, working i

  • Purple Stuff Podcast: Pizza Party!

    Geez, I wasn’t sure if we’d make our deadline on this. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when not accomplishing something would be a total disaster. Just in the nick of time, here’s the concluding episode of the Purple Stuff Podcast’s SUMMER SATURDAYS event! This week, me and

  • Purple Stuff Podcast: Flea Market Adventure!

    Summer Saturdays continues on the Purple Stuff Podcast! We decided to go on a little adventure for you guys, despite the 5000 degree weather: This week’s show covers our trip to the Englishtown Flea Market in New Jersey, which longtime readers should remember from several older Dino Drac

  • Dino Drac’s July Funpack is here!

    This month marks the FIFTH ANNIVERSARY of Dino Drac’s Funpacks, which sounds so impossible that I checked three times just to be sure. When I kicked off this endeavor way back in 2014, I never expected that I’d still be at it even a year later — let alone five! Thank you so much