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Halloween Comes Back to Haunt You

It’s a cliché, but I don’t care.

I really love this time of year.

I love the dying trees, the cooler air, the apple picking, the yellow school buses in the morning, the pumpkin spice lattes and, of course, the DVD special edition re-releases of a horror movie from my past I’ve already bought too many editions ago.

Halloween seems to get bigger each year, with neighbors attempting to rival each other in the suburbs for their own cul de sac grand guignols. It’s out of control, and I ain’t gonna complain a bit about it.

It’s a great time for Halloween.

To get you in the mood this year specifically, here are a few suggestions:

Back in the day, I was incharge of decking out my parents’ house with creepy flair for the big night, and one of my all time favorite tricks was to hide speakers in the bushes playing sound effects and scare standards like “Monster Mash.” Not totally original, I know, but it was great nonetheless.

This year, I’ll be haunting my own halls with some incredible new releases from Indie label GRAVEFACE RECORDS, who release today their first full-length album from THE MARSHMALLOW GHOSTS . The band’s made up of a few members from other Graveface artists and they’ve produced an album filled with some creepy tunes, including a not-to-be-missed cover of “All Skin and Bone” you may recall from grade school music class. Check out the Graveface website for free samples of their artists. My personal faves are DREAMEND and MONSTER MOVIE.

So, I’m in the check-out lane at the local grocery store and the Halloween edition of Martha Stewart’s magazine just accidentally falls into my bag and I accidentally take it home and accidentally discover that Martha’s got some pretty bitchin’ Halloween decor ideas.

Ok, maybe it wasn’t an accident. I’ll admit it. I’m not ashamed to pick up the Halloween Martha Stewart magazine every year and download her RETRO COOL CLIP ART that takes me back to a kinder gentler time when Halloween monster options comprised mainly of the big four: Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Wolfman and The Mummy.


Time to stock up on your Count Chocula®, Franken Berry® and Boo Berry® cereals while supplies last. These 70s breakfast staples are available in stores for only $2.50 a box this month. Although I doubt the company’s claim these are still a good source of whole grain, calcium and nine essential vitamins and minerals, you can’t argue with the fact they’re the most affordable way to turn your poo a freakish shade of green.

on Blu-ray!

On Halloween weekend, in 1984, Universal Pictures released a “documentary” comprised of montages featuring some of the scariest moments in film history. Being 12 years old, it quickly became my goal to see each and every one of the films contained in Terror in the Aisles. Long out of print since 1985 on VHS, the movie has made a weird appearance on the newly released Halloween II Blu-ray, as a special feature. It may just be my favorite Blu-ray release of the year. Suck it Star Wars.

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