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  • Horror Movie Newspaper Ads from the ’80s!

    I recently bought a former film buff’s collection of 1980s newspaper clippings, not knowing quite what to expect. Just one of those things you grab on the off-chance that it’s going to be better than your brain tells you. Well, the gods favored me on this deal, because the collecti

  • Arco’s Creepy-Crawly Things!

    The name “ARCO” is most synonymous with a chain of cheap gas stations, but you’ve probably owned some of their toys, too. Though the company managed to score some big licenses (everything from Disney to The Chipmunks), it was arguably more famous for its fantasy and sci-fi t

  • Vicious Videocassette Boxes, Volume V!

    The Vicious Videocassette Boxes series return! Another five spooky videos are featured, including everything from Kingdom of the Spiders to Prom Night II! This article is guaranteed to make you miss Blockbuster.

  • More Vintage Halloween Treat Sacks!

    Holy Halloween nostalgia! Here are five promotional trick-or-treat bags from the '70s and '80s, from Duracell, McDonald's and beyond! A pillowcase holds the most candy, but these are certainly more fashionable!

  • 2015’s Best Halloween Junk Food, Part 2!

    Here's another batch of 2015's best Halloween junk food, including Halloween Crunch, Starburst Halloween Mix, pumpkin spice chewing gum and more! None of this is healthy, but it sure is fun to look at.

  • Classic Creepy Commercials, Volume 11!

    It's another batch of Classic Creepy Commercials from the '80s and '90s! This time, I'm tackling Mighty Max, Fruit by the Foot and the end-all, be-all of vintage Hallmark Halloween commercials!

  • BK’s 1997 Universal Monsters Figures!

    In 1997, Burger King ruled Halloween by giving out four absolutely PERFECT Universal Monsters action figures, including Dracula, the Wolf Man, Frankenstein and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Let's wax nostalgic!

  • Madd Matt reviews old Rice Krispies.

    Matt Madd returns to review three really old boxes of Halloween-themed Rice Krispies cereal. That's his lot in life. Lay underground for most of the year, then take the stage a few times to talk about old cereal.

  • Five Random Action Figures, Part 22!

    Killer Tomatoes, the Headless Horseman and Modulok lead the charge in this spooky-themed edition of Five Random Action Figures! Pay close attention to the fake moss I used for the photos, because that shit ain't cheap.

  • 1980s McDonald’s Halloween Pails!

    Finally, one of the best Halloween promotions of all time is memorialized on Dino Drac! The McDonald's Halloween Pails pretty much DEFINE Halloween for so many of us, and this article will hopefully explain why!

  • Old News #2: Freddy Krueger Clippings!

    If you're into Freddy Krueger, you're gonna love this one. Here's a collection of vintage newspaper clippings, all having something to do with the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise! Stop the presses!

  • The 2015 Halloween Mood Table!

    The tradition continues! Come check out my 2015 Halloween Mood Table, and get directions on how to make your own! It's easy! You can consider it the Halloween season's Christmas tree.

  • Old News #1: Ghostbusters Clippings!

    In Dino Drac's first edition of Old News, I've collected tons of vintage Ghostbusters-related newspapers clippings, covering everything from the toys to the toons to the movies! If you feel anything for Slimer, you'll love this.

  • Burger King’s Halloween Whopper IS HERE.

    Well folks, here it is. Burger King's Halloween Whopper. It's the 2015 Halloween season's single biggest promotion, and it's what we'll always remember this season for. (Green shit or no green shit.)

  • Goosebumps Shake at Johnny Rockets!

    In one of this year's most surprising Halloween promotions, you can currently buy a candy-filled "Goosebumps Shake" at Johnny Rockets! If you choose to do so, remember to steal one of those swank Goosebumps table tents. I did!

  • Halloween Cereals from the 1990s!

    Monster Pops? Halloween Honeycomb? Here are some of the best -- and rarest -- Halloween-themed cereals from the 1990s! Yes, of course I just happen to have the old boxes laying around to take pictures of.

  • Classic Creepy Commercials, Volume 10!

    It’s the first day of autumn! (Or the second, depending on when you read this.) What better way to celebrate than with another edition of Classic Creepy Commercials, featuring all sorts of eerie ads from the ‘80s and ‘90s? (I mean besides a cool walk under moonlight scored by the sw

  • Pumpkin Spice Frosted Mini-Wheats!

    If you’re charmed by the idea of “Halloween cereal” but find the usual crop a bit too juvenile for your tastes, here’s one for the more sophisticated palate: Okay, so maybe I’m stretching things. Just a little. Still, Kellogg’s new Pumpkin Spice Frosted Mini-Wheats is by far on

  • Obscure Horror Toys found on eBay!

    While searching eBay for goodies to cover during this year’s Countdown, I discovered several items that were perfect in every way… except price. I’ll take a dive on certain items, but I gotta stop short of paying 400 bucks for rubber sharks. Still, some of those items were just too

  • TV Guide listings for Halloween, 1990!

    Remember when watching shows and movies mostly amounted to taking what we were given? We’ve come a long way from needing a TV Guide! …and yet, I strangely find myself missing that era, back before we had instant access to anything we wanted to see… not to mention an internet

  • Candy Corn Cupcakes? Pumpkin Spice Twinkies?!

    As you’ve probably surmised from prior articles, this is an amazing year for Halloween junk food. It’s everywhere! And so much of it is really, really good! …even the bigwig mainstays aren’t resting on their laurels, as evidenced by Hostess’s new TRIO of Halloween treats. (Oh

  • Classic Creepy Commercials, Volume 9!

    It’s time for the next batch of Classic Creepy Commercials! (If you read that in the voice of a game show announcer and hum happy music afterward, it becomes a stronger open.) Collected below are another five spooky TV commercials from the ‘80s and ‘90s, covering everything from to

  • 2015’s Best Halloween Junk Food, Part 1!

    I’ll say it again: This is a banner year for spooky junk food. Never before have I seen so much of it, and for those who sustain their spirits through creepy-looking chocolate, 2015 is freakin’ amazing. Below are five scary things that you can eat and drink this year, mixing new commo

  • Mad Scientist toys were gross and great.

    Whenever I wish I was ten years younger, I try to remind myself of all the great toys I would’ve missed out on. Sure, it’s irritating to have hit that age when people start suggesting invasive exams of my most unmentionable areas, but at least I got to play with Mad Scientist toys as a

  • The Novelization of Halloween III!

    I love that Halloween III’s reputation has improved so dramatically over the years. Once commonly reviled, it seems like most people love it now — and for the very same reasons that others used to… not. For those who don’t follow the series, Halloween III: Season of the Witch i