1984 PAAS Halloween Make-Up Kits Commercial

Halloween make-up kits were rarely used in my youth. While they might have been safer – at least in terms of no costume to get tangled up in. They couldn’t compare to the majesty of dressing up as Boba Fett, Darth Vader, and Stormtroopers.

I might also add that the lure to play the hero was incredibly strong during Halloween. How could a kid resist donning the garb of Superman, Wonder Woman, or even Batman?

At the same time there was definitely one year at least where Halloween make-up kits reigned supreme. These were the very same make-up kits that PAAS was advertising on television in 1984. I was twelve and found myself attending church related “Fall” events. After all we were not supposed to be celebrating Halloween, right?

Of course that didn’t stop a parade of Werewolves…


And even restless spirits traipsing up and down the halls filling our sacks with delicious loot.

Now is just so happened to be that I was invited to three different celebrations that year. Two at churches and one at school. None of them being held on Halloween itself of course. The PAAS Halloween make-up kits were available at our local grocery store and quite cheap. In the light of this discovery I was able to wear three of the four kits in this 1984 commercial!

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I was a veritable Lon Chaney Sr. as I proudly became a Vampire one night, Werewolf the next, and finally a Ghost! Although I have absolutely no fear of clowns they’ve never been my thing.

Halloween make-up kits had their downsides!

Now I will not argue that the make-up kits definitely made it easier to see, with no mask to obstruct your vision. But to be honest they had some problems too:

  • The chemical smell really messed with my eyes – I’m not sure if I was allergic or what. They would just start to water if a breeze or AC was blowing in my face.
  • The face paint was easy to smear and you had to be careful to make sure that obviously nothing touched your face.
  • The plastic teeth would shred your gums – to be fair this had equally the same result with any plastic teeth back in the day.

Be that as it may, the memories of those three Halloween events remain very vivid. All thanks to the PAAS Halloween make-up kits!


Come And Visit The 1974 Horror Hall Of Fame

The Horror Hall of Fame was a 1974 TV special, hosted by Vincent Price. A show that originally aired on February 20 on the ABC Network. It was a mixture of a talk show with comedy skits and in addition clips from classic horror films. I think you will agree though the greatest moments are the interviews that Price conducts.

The list of guest stars for this special include Frank Gorshin. While probably best known for his role as the Riddler on the ’66 Batman – Gorshin was a quite capable impressionist. Something that you will see in great effect as he pulls off a wonderful Boris Karloff.

John Carradine. This segment is probably my favorite. It is very informative for one thing, with Carradine revealing he was up for the role in 1931’s Frankenstein. As a matter of fact I wish they had included more discussions between Vincent and John. As these two friends discussing their own roles together with those actors who are being honored on the show is captivating.

Other guests on the special include John Astin, Candy Clark, William Tuttle, and Raymond McNally. Co-starring in the program is Billy Van who plays a hunchbacked assistant to Price. Van might be known best for his roles in the The Hilarious House of Frightenstein from 1971. A Canadian children’s series that Price appeared in too!

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Why didn’t they make more Horror Hall of Fame specials?

There were other specials but not connected that I can tell. For three years beginning in 1990 until 1992 – Robert Englund hosted an awards show with the same name. One that celebrated the best horror films, actors, special effects, and TV series. It is a totally different beast though with actual awards being presented.

With the 1974 Horror Hall of Fame it was less formal. I will admit that some of the comedy doesn’t quite work but overall it has charm and in spades. I feel that with Halloween being only eleven days away it is definitely worthy of your viewing time!

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You’ll Look Killer In These Monster Cereal Shirts!

I might think more about Monster Cereal than most. I’m talking about Frankenberry, Count Chocula, and Boo Berry of course. Those that General Mills produces…in limited quantites this time of year. Which is the excuse I am sticking to when that old lady grabbed the last box of Boo Berry.

I hear she is expected to make a full recovery.

A Monster Cereal fans knows deep down they have to stock up for those long dry months. Which is why my 32 boxes of Boo Berry and Frankenberry are locked up in the cabinets – away from those that might be tempted to treat themselves to that sugary treasure.

So I hope you can imagine my delight when the other day I found out that Fright-Rags is releasing a new collection. The General Mills Monster Collection. They are unleashing it this October 21st at 10am EST!

How many Monster Cereal T-Shirt and Masks Combos you want?

Before we get into all of the stuff that Fright-Rags is releasing…you should check out the combo pre-order first! These will only be offered from 10/21 to 10/24. Each comes with a ventilated mask and FREE color changing spoon. They include an exclusive T-Shirt and are limited to only 650 units each. All three are designed by Christopher Franchi.

Do you like socks? How about Monster Ceral socks?

I think you will agree with me that this time of year it can get a little chilly. So when you sneak downstairs to enjoy some of that cereal why not wear your favorite icon? Frankenberry, Boo Berry, and Count Chocula socks will keep your toes happy and warm! Joe Guy Allard is the artist responsible for the designs on these socks!

General Mills Baseball Tees
For the athlete that wants their opponents to know they have great taste.


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Last but certainly not least is this charming T-Shirt by Abrar Ajmal. Showing the three icons enjoying the bat-filled night and full moon.

If you would like more information on pricing and ordering – hop on over to Fright-Rags official site today!

Why not take a moment though and listen to Boo Berry, Frankenberry, and Count Chocula discussing going to the disco?

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Saturday Frights Podcast Ep. 61 (Ghost Story)

When you think required October movie watching, does Ghost Story come to mind?

Why not? Ghost Story is a haunting tale of regret with powerhouse actors and gruesome effects by Dick Smith. Perhaps the Projectionist and I can make you take a second look at the movie after you listen to the Saturday Frights Podcast!

Ghost Story is a 1981 film adaptation from the popular 1979 novel by Peter Straub. Starring the likes of Fred Astaire, John Houseman, Craig Wasson, and Alice Krige. A tale of supernatural revenge that is perfect for this time of the Season. This also happens to be one of those movies that I first saw at the 62 Drive-In of my youth.

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Our intro was graciously provided by the one and only Metagirl!

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Don’t remember Ghost Story? Might I suggest watching the trailer?

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Retro Radio Memories Ep. 81 (The Dream)

The Dream is a very special episode of the popular Lights Out series! Actually it was the start of a series of special episodes for that Old Time Radio show. As it not only featured Boris Karloff but marked the 4th Anniversary of the series. To help you get into the spirit of the Season you will find The Dream fits the bill!

Of course Lights Out is a program we have visited quite often in the past. It was a high-water mark for radio in the horror and thriller genre. Created by Wyllis Cooper it really found its popularity soaring when Arch Oboler took over. The series lasted from 1934 until 1947!

So what is The Dream about then?

This episode was written by Arch Oboler and introduces us to Daryl Hall, a Professor of Biology. We meet him as he stands accused of murder and is waiting for the jury to return to render their verdict. Hall is played by Karloff and as we listen in on his thoughts learn he never had a dream. Not until a few days previous that is when he began to be visited by a spectral Woman urging him to…kill! We listeners get to follow Daryl as he remembers the horror he has been witnessing – all thanks to The Dream.

Obviously Karloff absolutely kills in this role. With the script written by Oboler we truly are given some frightening mental images in the mind’s eye of the wraith haunting Hall. A very, very fine example of why Old Time Radio is still effective.

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Horror Cereal Box Covers By Jorge Baeza

Do undead serial killers like Freddy Krueger like Horror Cereal for breakfast? I cannot say whether that is true or not. I don’t really know the Springwood Slasher all that well. However I can indeed say that artist Jorge Baeza’s Horror Cereal art is impressive.

A Nightmare on Elm Street’s supernatural icon isn’t the only subject of Baeza’s talents. We also have a very limited edition cereal straight from Kingston Falls. Killogg’s Yum-Yum Flakes!

As you can plainly see as advertised this particular cereal makes a ‘wonderful midnight treat’! Although I might caution you check your kitchen for unexpected visitors before you pour yourself a bowl.

That is not all though. Jorge I assume has been reading up on the Handbook for the Recently Deceased. Because it sure looks like he has been able to land a contract with the leading freelance bio-exorcist. I am talking about that ghost with the most – Beetlejuice!

Now I do not know how Jorge was able to talk Beetlejuice into signing away his likeness for Yucky Worms. I have heard he is an incredibly shrewd negotiator. I believe it was Juno herself that said one should never call upon Beet-

Are you really that stupid, Vic? We appreciate you letting us know about these Horror Cereal box covers but you almost said his name for a third time!

What? I was just going to say that it isn’t recommended that you actually call upon Beetlejuice.

Oh. Sorry, that was what you were warning me about. Boy, is my face red. At the very least you can hop on over to Jorge Baeza’s spot on Facebook. Take some time and check out the rest of his fantastic art. You might also remember a couple of months back when Jorge was kind enough to share his artwork for Stranger Things!

Illustration courtesy of Jorge Baeza.

Illustration courtesy of Jorge Baeza.


1970’s PSA Ad Featuring Peter Pumpkin

This Peter Pumpkin PSA is a great example of how many retro treats remain to be discovered. I stumbled upon this late 70s TV commercial thanks to attempting to find a monster related ad. There is something special about these animated public service announcements from back in the day.

I suppose it might be the lightness – the jovial character of Peter Pumpkin even. While getting across very important safety tips for even kids today it remains upbeat. Fun.

You certainly have no need to take my word for it. Set aside the mere 30 seconds it takes to watch it for yourself!


This PSA featuring Peter Pumpkin was something of a mystery.

I am being totally honest. You might have noticed from the video it is listed as being from 1985. Back in 2011 though a forum user calling themselves Gobby Gruesome was asking for help finding the ad on the Halloween Forums. They totally recalled the appearance of Peter Pumpkin and what he was getting across to kids but not the exact year.

Thankfully someone came across Robatsea2009’s upload on YouTube and set Gobby Gruesome’s mind to ease. This caused quite a few comments on the video itself and it looks like this ad probably debuted around 1978. For myself this is actually the first time I’ve ever seen this PSA, although I certainly remember a 1977 ad that stood out. I still swear that the narrator for that PSA is Carrie Fisher!

I might add that if the name Gobby Gruesome sounds familiar it is because of the Flintstones. Gobby is the child of none other than the Gruesomes – those spooky neighbors of the famous animated family. Why not take a couple of minutes to see how Gobby’s pet spider gets along with Fred Flintstone?

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