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Of Sodas and Simulacrum: Why Mountain Dew's Halloween Sodas are Important...

Well I have found, purchased, and consumed Mountain Dew's third incarnation of their Halloween-themed "mystery flavor" soda:  VooDew 3.  And I have my guess as to what flavor it is... It's peanut butter. Wait---now, hear me out...
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Personal Stories: The Mystery of the Missing Skull Pail

Guillermo del Toro said "The point of being [older] is to fulfill the desires you've been harboring since you were seven."   Well I had a cool plastic Halloween skull bucket when I was a kid, and I want it back...

Personal Stories: My Beloved Beistle Jointed Skeleton Decoration

To me, Halloween isn't just a feeling in the air as the temperature begins to drop.  It's not just the smell of "Pumpkin Spice" and the petrichor of wet leaves.  And it's not just the taste of a fresh fall apple or the latest seasonal junk food stunt.  It's a nostalgic attachment to imagery and items that --when seen-- trigger a sense-memory to a time of youth, excitement and exuberance.    Halloween decorations fall into the latter and, to some, these things may just be pieces of cardboard or plastic.  Disposable.  Temporary and signifying nothing. To me however, there are certain Halloween decorations I have a strong connection with and the Beistle Jointed Skeleton is one of them.

Personal Stories: That Time I Had a Giant Alien Costume in My Living Room

  Did I ever tell you about the time I had a giant, life-size, ALIEN prop costume in my living room?

The Candy is Coming, The Werewolves Are Here...

I decided to try something different for my personal Halloween festivities this year.  I decided to have a "theme"...

October 2021 - Stories from My Personal Archives

I'm participating in the annual " Countdown to Halloween " Blog-o-Thon again this year.  Click the badge above to peruse the 2021 participants.  This is going to be a smaller Halloween season for me this year.  Smaller in that I won't be going out as much... I won't be traveling... I won't be buying as many things... and I'm living in a new area.  But I WILL be writing.  And I WILL be celebrating the Halloween season.   SO— this year, as a guideline, I’m using a quote that my grandmother used to say all the time:  “Use what you have and you’ll never want.”   A lot of this year's posts will be from my personal archives.  Stories that have NEVER been told.   The stipulation for their inclusion in the posts is that they all must relate to Halloween in some way.       I’m going into the files, finding and scanning the pics, and telling the tales. So come along on this little personal journey with me.  There’s a lot you’ll find interesting.   Gather ‘round

My Favorite Halloween Things - 2020

Like a lot of people:  I had plans.   We all did, didn’t we?   I was going to launch a big stunt on HalloweenThing.com this year with a bunch of X, and I was going to throw in some Y, and top it all off with some Z.   Yep. But 2020 took a left turn, and well--- here we are.   So what do we do?   We pivot. I'm going to put that stunt on a shelf for now--don't worry, it'll keep. And we'll talk about the little things. The little things that helped. The little things that got me through. A lot of my usual Halloween traditions went out the window this year, so I depended on streaming, shipping, and creativity to make the most of this season. So with that, here are 10 things that made me happy this Halloween season...