Ok, ok, ok- I get it. I've gotten not only comments, but a couple of emails asking about the lack of Shelf Halloween Madness stuff this year. Yes, I know it's been sparse around here, but let me explain. First off, our other-than-Shelf lives are quite hectic right now, but a big reason is the nasty bronchitis-pneumonia-yucky-sinusinfection-endoftheworld illness that had me down for almost three weeks. Well, that and the election.
Yeah- the election. To me there is way too much scary stuff going on right now in real life, that the adult in me is paying attention to so many things, and the kid in me is having a hard time coming out to play. That being said, it doesn't mean that I haven't been trying to get into the Halloween spirit. This year, there have been a lot more blogs and website doing the Halloween countdown thing, whereas in years past the go-to guys were X-Entertainment, RetroCrush and a few of us on the blog side. Over the years there have been many more joining the fun and they are doing some great stuff. So allow me to direct your attention to some great Halloween Countdown sites that I have been visiting almost daily. You can find most of them already listed on the Shelf Community list on the sidebar.
Cool-Mo-Dee. I just discovered this Blog not too long ago, and I have to say I am impressed by the sheer output. But that's not what makes this blog a Halloween Countdown Superstar. Nope. If you've been wanting to find a great place for Halloween cartoon specials or themed episodes, this is the place to go- because he's posting them EVERY DAY. Not only that- he's got fun audio- monster comic book covers and downloads and more. If you aren't in a Halloween mood by the time you get done, well you just might have been too overwhelmed by politics this year. And that's scary indeed.
Wonderful Wonderblog. If eclectic and Halloween fun is your thing, then head over to Wonderful Wonderblog for a virtual "kiddie mix" of Halloween treats like novelty songs, Candy horoscopes and something I haven't seen in years- Scholastic's Dynomite magazine Halloween issue from 1980. I actually remember this from school! Full scans of the whole issue - check it out.
Neato Coolville. Looking for Vintage Halloween ads, costumes, freebies and everything else that goes with childhood, look no further than Neato Coolville. And for an added bonus, he's got a whole list of other blogs doing the Halloween countdown thing. We're highlighting the best of the best here, but take a chance and check some of the other places out. But don't forget to make a trip to Neato Coolville.
Plaid Stallions. Child of the 70s and 80s? Then this is a must stop for you. Plaid Stallions has been posting images of vintage ads, toys and clothes from our childhood for a long time. They've upped the ante with Halloween. The post that absolutely kicked it into overdrive for me was a post with an image of a toy that I loved as a kid and haven't seen since: Tomy's Mighty Men and Monster Maker. Do you remember- the set where you had plates of outlines of heads, torsos and legs and feet you could mix and match and then run a pencil over a sheet of paper to make a rubbing? I wish I still had this, but thanks to Plaid Stallions for the ad image!
Mostly Ghostly Music Sharing Blaaahhhggg! Dave has been post great Halloween songs and audio for a long time-- just to share the love. And he's been doing a great job, including this album I used to have: The Thrilling Chilling Sounds of The Haunted House from Disney. Lately he's been having some difficulty with share services, but he's still been cranking out the halloween goodness. So go over and show Dave some love. Tell 'em Uncle Loophole sent ya'.
Rakin/Bass Historian. Rick Goldschmidt is the go-to guy for all things Rakin/Bass. Being a hardcore RB fan, I check his site out regularly. Sure there is Christmasy stuff, but don't forget about Mad Monster Party!
Finally, TCM's movie blog, Movie Moorlocks and Another Old Movie Blog looks at classic movies and Halloween, with some fun countdowns on Moorlocks and some bonus vintage Halloween cartoons over at Jacqueline's place. Check 'em out.
And don't forget the all time Halloween place- X-Entertainment!
UPDATE: Opps - forgot to add another site that has become a daily favorite and they post Candy reviews as well: Branded in the 80s- the go-to site for 80s kids!
Stay tuned for more DVD reviews, a few more Halloween posts and more Shelf madness!
Wolfie, you old dog! Ha ha. This convention is going to be a howling success.