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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...

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"...