The stink of pumpkin candles. The chillier air. The excuse to go to Target beyond needing cat food and Goodfellow-brand facemasks. Can you feel it, guys? The Halloween season IS HERE.
…and so am I!
Welcome to Dinosaur Dracula’s 2021 Halloween Countdown — a multi-month celebration of All Things Spooky, featuring videos, articles, podcasts and more. I’m kicking off this year’s Countdown with the video embedded above. Go check out Madd Matt’s latest bag of Halloween junk!
I’m excited about the Halloween season, for reasons obvious and not-so-obvious. I understand that this might put me in a basket with literally everyone else, but the end of 2020 and the start of 2021 were r-o-u-g-h. Like, rougher than I thought I could handle. But I did, and along the way, I took care of some long-lingering issues that had kept me from fully living my life.
So, gotta be honest, this is gonna be a different sort of Halloween season for me. Instead of looking for it to solve problems that it cannot possibly solve, this year I can just roll with it and enjoy whatever it brings. It’s a nice feeling, and I hope that translates into a better Halloween Countdown.
This year, I don’t want to fall into the trap where it feels like I’m just punching a timecard. I want to try out some new and different things! Earlier this week, I kicked off that new video series about Halloween junk food from the 2000s, and that was just one of the plans that’ve been swimming around my head. I don’t want to just give you what you expect from me. I wanna surprise you!
Tonight we launch simply, with a goofy video that I shot in the middle of a giant storm. Over the next two months, I plan to throw a bunch of curveballs at you. Stay tuned!
Of course, some traditions are worth keeping. Like Dino Drac’s Halloween Jukebox. It’s back online, and it works on desktop and mobile devices. The playlist is bigger than ever, with *250* spooky tracks that NEED to score your entire season. (FWIW, during the Halloween season, I listen to nothing else!)
When you’re done with me, hop in your car, load up the jukebox and go for an evening drive set to the sinister sounds of everyone from Elvira to Oingo Boingo. It’s therapeutic as hell.
There’s so much more to come, from new editions of Classic Creepy Commercials to out-of-left-field videos about things I can’t tell you about yet. (Not to mention more eerie episodes of the Purple Stuff Podcast!)
I’d also recommend following me on Twitter and Instagram, where I’ll be dropping little spooky bits that are too short for the main site. And, when it’s the dead of night and you’ve exhausted all other avenues of entertainment, drop by Dino Drac After Dark for weekly discussions about anything and everything tied to Halloween.
I love this season, and I’m very glad to have y’all with me for the ride. It’s the best part of the year, when mundane things are made magical. Embrace it, and I promise that it’ll embrace you.
Enjoy the new vid (and the other one if you missed it), and I’ll be back on Monday to continue the Countdown. We’re gonna have such a time, my friends.
Surprise! The start of September doubles as the totally undeniable start of the Halloween season, and I’m kicking it off in a big way.
Today begins a four-part video series where I look back at some of the hottest Halloween junk foods from the early-to-mid 2000s! First up: Ten terrifying treats from 2003!
This is a full-circle moment for me, guys. All of the photos for this video series are being pulled from the earliest Halloween Countdowns! If you told me back in 2003 that I’d be cannibalizing my own photos for an HD video series 18 years later, I never would’ve believed you. Because you are a well-known liar with bad intent.
I’m committing to doing 2003 through 2006 for starters, so this Halloween season, you’re guaranteed to get three more chapters in this video series. (At that point, I’ll decide if there’s enough juice — and enough material — to continue.)
You’re gonna be blown away by some of these candies and junk foods. We still think of the 2000s like they happened yesterday, but man, in 2021, so much of this stuff has seriously aged, and it packs a surprisingly strong nostalgic punch.
As I mention in the video, I also think this series will help you see how Halloween has evolved over the years. Very excited about this one!
I’d considered saving this video for the Halloween Countdown’s proper launch on Friday night, but really, September 1st deserved something special. I hope you dig the vid, and I’d appreciate it immensely if you helped share it around!
Enjoy the start of the spooky season! I’ll be back on Friday night to kick off the Countdown with the usual bells and whistles. \m/
No matter what the calendars and thermometers say, we’re officially in the Halloween season. So, if you need somethin’ spooky to kick off your weekend, look no further than the Purple Stuff Podcast!
We’ve got a big show for you this month. Me and Jay from Sludge Central dive deep into the first annual Horror Hall of Fame Awards, a 1990 television special that featured everything from Chucky in a tuxedo to actual literal spiders.
The Horror Hall of Fame Awards was full of amazing cheese, but it was also just a feel-good tribute to the genre at large. If you’re curious about the vibe, just know that there’s a part where Jason Voorhees and the kid from Who’s The Boss present an award together. Like, jeez, this was just an incredible TV special.
As a reminder, the Purple Stuff Podcast is also on Patreon, where you can grab an exclusive bonus show each and every month. August’s is already on there, if you wanna hear us gab about our trip to Spirit Halloween. It’s a good time to join, because you’ll be getting more Halloween-themed bonus shows in September and October!
…but getting back to the Horror Hall of Fame Awards, yeah, it’s a trip! Years ago, bootleg copies were constantly sold at horror conventions. Fortunately, you won’t have to go to those lengths to see it. My pal Doug Tilley uploaded the whole shebang to YouTube. Watch it above! (And Doug, thanks for letting us pull the audio for this show!)
Thanks as always for listening, and for sharing the show around. (And for reviewing it, too! We love it when you do that!)
The next time you hear from me on the site, it’ll be time for the 2021 Halloween Countdown. I haven’t officially announced the date yet, but I’ll let you in on a little secret: It’s next Friday night! :O
It’s here, it’s here! The first of three Halloween-themed Funpacks for 2021! If you’re already on the subscriber list, good job, because you’re locked in for all of them!
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The Eerie August Funpack mixes random spooky collectibles with one special knockout item, and I think you’re gonna be thrilled with it. If any non-subscribers want in, I’ll warn you that potential spares are going to be in short supply, and it’s waitlist-only if you want one of them. Scroll to the bottom for more info, or keep reading to learn about everything in this month’s box! Read More…