You’ve wandered into the topsy-turvy world of Tulgey Wood, the blog of writer and historian Jim Fanning. Tulgey Wood celebrates artistry and creativity (and sometimes just plain madness): movies, animation, TV, books, comics—and of course Disney, lots and lots of true-blue, through-and-through Disney, including D23 and Disney twenty-three Magazine, and Sketches Magazine and the Walt Disney Collectors Society. Tulgey Wood is so fun, fascinating and full of frolicsome photos and facts, it’s scary. So wander through the wonder of it all, and enjoy.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Toss Your Scooby Snacks Into These Halloween Treat Pails From McDonald’s (From 2012)

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.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Twist Away, Bat-tusi—It's Monsters A-Go-Go

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

Universal Monsters Invade Homes

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

Archie Does Halloween, 2018 Edition

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

A Disney Halloween Treat

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  It's all part of our 2018 Countdown to Halloween

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Halloween and Harvest Time Fun To Be Had

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

Uncle Scrooge, Trick-Or-Treater

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

Kukla, Fran and Ollie − Fran and Ollie + Buelah Witch = Halloween

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

A Pebbles And Bamm-Bamm Halloween Bash

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

A Halloween Puzzle-Card Hybrid

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

Thursday, October 4, 2018

It Might Even Horrify You...

I have always been fascinated by the out-of-the-ordinary prologue at the beginning of the classic Universal film Frankenstein (1931). In this somehow eerie pre-credits introduction (added after an audience at a sneak preview in Santa Barbara were too shocked and unsettled by a horrific film for which they were completely unprepared) Edward Van Sloan (who plays Dr. Waldman in the movie) steps out from behind a curtain to offer a few words of "friendly warning," including these immortal thoughts: "It is one of the strangest tales ever told.... I think it will thrill you. It may shock you. It might even horrify you." This strange last minute addition lends a sense of foreboding to the film before it even starts. The famed prologue was parodied by Larry "Bud" Melman (Calvert DeForest) at the beginning of  the debut episode of Late Night with David Letterman on February 1, 1982. Larry "Bud" warns of "David Letterman, a man of science who sought to create a show after his own image without reckoning upon God." As we continue our Countdown to Halloween 2018, you can watch the Letterman lead-in here.


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Halloween on TCM

Turner Classic Movies is once again featuring many a Halloween movie in October. The Mummy is the Monster of the Month, and Wednesdays put the spotlight on Horror Stars. For example, Wednesday October 10 the featured Horror Star is Christopher Lee, Wednesday October 17 it's Boris Karloff, and on Wednesday October 10 it's Bela Lugosi—while on Halloween, Wednesday October 31 itself, it's Vincent Price. Plus, if you can stand more, there's a celebration of 200 Years of Frankenstein. The monthly "This Month on TCM" promo is always excellent, but this month it's truly exceptional. Thanks to TCM fan Patton Oswalt, we now know (via Twitter) that this ghastly (for Halloween) gem was crated by Atlanta-based producer David Byrne. See some screen grabs from this promo below—and check out some of the spook-house movie offerings on TCM. It's all part of the Countdown to Halloween 2018

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Halloween Is Peanuts Time

On October 2, 1950, the Peanuts comic strip made it's debut. The Great Pumpkin theme long ago made Charlie Brown, Snoopy and friends an integral part of Halloween, and that makes this day an important element of the scary season. Here's some spooky, non-Great Pumpkin art, just to share things up: the cover of Peanuts # 25 (2015), covers by Paige Braddock and Vicki Scott. This Schulz-inspired art makes good use of Snoopy, combining his Beagle Scout and vulture personas. Hopefully this unusual art is suitably spooky for our Countdown to Halloween 2018.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Welcome, Foolish Mortals, To The Countdown To Halloween 2018

Happy October 1st! The first day of the spooky season not only means the start to the 2018 Countdown to Halloween, it also means the anniversary of the opening of Walt Disney World Resort on October 1, 1971. To mark that occasion here's a 1972 post card of the Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom Park. Different from its Disneyland Park predecessor, this "spook house" is an elegant yet somehow foreboding structure, designed in the Gothic style of 18th century homes in New York's Hudson River Valley in order to integrate the attraction into its Liberty Square location. While you gaze upon its stately yet slightly sinister beauty, welcome. To regular visitors, good to see you again and I hope you like treats I toss in your goodie bag. No rocks, I promise. To new visitors—Tulgey Wood is full of surprises, treats and even a few spooky tricks, so I hope you enjoy wandering through the madness. Be sure and visit the other blogs participating in this Halloween blogathon. These dedicated "crypt keepers" have set glowing and cleverly carved jack-o-lanterns on their front porches so be sure and knock on their doors. (But be aware that some of these blogs focus on the more horrific side of this holiday, and may also include strong language and mature themes.) Most of all, be sure and stop by throughout the month right through October 31st itself as we Countdown to Halloween 2018 here at Tulgey Wood.