Our Countdown to Halloween for 2018 continues. In a long tradition that is occasionally revived (not this year, however), McDonald's has offered Happy Meal packages in the shape of specially decorated treat pails for Halloween. One of the best and most appropriate is from 2012, when the Halloween pails were themed to Scooby-Doo and his monster-seeking, mystery-solving pals.
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Saturday, October 13, 2018
As this cover for Batman '66 #23 (July 2015) proves, Batman faced off with some fearsome creatures aside from the likes of the Joker and the Penguin. The Halloween-esque cover, featuring Solomon Grundy and Clayface from the two ten=page interior stories, is by Michael Allred. This comic which strives to remind us of the colorful antics and crazed action of the classic 1966 TV series is the very thing to make us feel all spooky as we Countdown to Halloween for 2018.
Friday, October 12, 2018
In the days before home video of any kind and certainly before streaming, the classic Universal Monster films could be viewed at home. Well, portions of them could at least, for through the famed purveyor of 8mm and Super 8mm and Universal-owned Castle Films, classics such as Frankenstein and Dracula could be viewed (in edited-down versions of approximately 9 minutes) in the comfort (quickly replaced with creepiness) of the viewers' own homes, via a projector and screen. Enjoy the specially prepared Castle Films cover art from across the years. And if you are on Facebook, please join the Castle Films Facebook page from which I borrowed (stole, in other words) this art arrangement.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
In the great Archie Comics tradition, this newly issued digest full of Halloween-esque clowning around is now on sale. Boasting an awesome costumed cover drawn by Archie great Dan Parent (with Rich Koslowski and Rosario “Tito” Peña) the Archie Halloween Spectacular also includes a new story written by Dan Parent (so you know it's good) and drawn by Bob Golliher (pencils) and Bob Smith (inks), as well as a variety of vintage tales. It's beyond fun that Archie in the classic style is still being printed so seek this out in stores, shops or online as we Countdown to Halloween 2018.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
As we creep closer to October 31st, let's take another look at another Halloween favorite. Walt Disney's classic Trick or Treat has been a top Donald Duck pick ever since its release on this date, October 10, in 1952. As noted in the article I wrote for Disney's D23 website, this animated gem generated a fair amount of tie-ins, including the pictured Trick or Treat record. Recorded for RCA Victor's Little Nipper label, this tricky-and-treaty record is the whole package. it includes coloring pages and punch-out puppets. The recording itself was adapted by Disney story artist Ralph Wright and narrated by June Foray as Witch Hazel, both of whom worked on the original animated short. After you enjoy the stylishly spooky record-cover art (and for those wondering why Witch Hazel isn't featured—look closer), sure and read 8 Frightfully Fascinating Facts About Trick or Treat, written by Jim Fanning, by clicking on this link to D23.com. It's all part of our 2018 Countdown to Halloween.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
In the long history of Disney comic books Halloween has been a favorite topic. In 1991, Autumn Adventures #2 was published. (For the insatiably curious, there was a #1 but no issue # 2.) The elaborate wraparound cover, drawn by Rick Hoover, offers not only a collection of Disney characters from Mickey and Donald to Super Goof, the Three Little Pigs and the Gummi Bears, but also lots of Halloween and harvest time fun. Enjoy poring over the details as we continue our Countdown to Halloween 2018.
Monday, October 8, 2018
Have you tricked-or-treated at any of the other "Cryptkeepers" participating in the Countdown to Halloween 2018 blogathon? There is some cool candy to be had because the bloggers a-bloggin' in this blogathon are the spookiest on the block. When it comes to tricks and treats (as the Peanuts kids would say), Uncle Scrooge is after candy of the gold kind, and it's not candy corn. In this cover by William Van Horn from Uncle Scrooge # 7 (actually #411) October 2015, the miserly McDuck may be costumed as a clown This cover is the great tradition of covers (established by Carl Barks, of course) of Scrooge taking great joy in money, so it's a fun idea to add Halloween into the mix. The issue also includes a story perfect for the spooky season: "Mummy Fearest" (originally from 1977 but never before published in the US), written and drawn by the legendary Romano Scarpa, with translation/dialog by the great Joe Torcivia. You can discover more about this scary-season story at Joe's excellent blog.
Sunday, October 7, 2018
There was more to the Kukla, Fran and Ollie TV series than those titular three. The Kulkaopolitan Players included other harming if less often seen characters, including Buelah Witch (This character—created and performed by Burr Tillstrom, as were all the Kulkaopolitan puppets—was named after producer Beulah Zachary, with the misspelling of “Buelah” for the witch intentional.) There's an entire website devoted to Kukla, Buelah and Ollie (and Fran). Click here to visit the site and read Buelah Witch's article about her special Halloween. And be sure and come back here to Tulgey Wood every day in October as 2018's Countdown to Halloween continues.
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Welcome back to more Countdown to Halloween for 2018! Think of Halloween-centric cereal and chances are most breakfast-food fans will think of General Mills' Monster Cereals (and more about those coming up this spooky season). But other cereals have jumped on the Halloween bandwagon, including the Flintstones at Post. In 2014, the coral giant released Candy Corn Pebbles cereal. The best part of the whole thing is the box, adorned with Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm wearing their Halloween costumes. Post has been making good use of these all-too-seldom seen (in modern usage, at least) these stone-age toddlers. The only way this box art could be more perfect is if it included Baby Puss. In a Dino mask.
Friday, October 5, 2018
In a monstrous mashup worthy of Dr, Frankenstein (or Dr. Bunsen Honeydew), here's the Muppets sharing a spooky story on a unique 1982 Hallmark card, or more specifically a Jim Henson Muppet Puppet Card. Imagine receiving this in the mail at Halloween time? It would take someone special to "Sign it! Separate it! Seal it! Send t!" Just some Muppety fun for our 2018 Countdown to Halloween.