Halloween shopping keeps starting earlier each year. Despite my love for the holiday, I do try to limit my browsing until the month of October. I violated that rule (again) today at the supermarket today after spotting the retro packaging of Mayfair Candy Corn.
It was not even in the main Halloween candy spot, just in some random shelf that happened to have some Halloween candy. I was immediately smitten. The graphics, the colors and the price made for an irresistible combination. I scooped up two bags and immediately ran over to the main Halloween section of the store to find more pseudo retro offerings.
Sadly nothing matched the retro fun of Mayfair Candy Corn. Still, it did get me in the mood for the holiday season.
While I drove home I tore open one of the bags and ate my first candy corn of the year. How is Mayfair Candy Corn? It is average. Not as good as Brachs or Jelly Belly, but completely edible.
While not high praise, I would still tell everyone who see it to buy a bag. The remarkable retro label more than makes up for the quality of the candy. And at one dollar a bag, you really can’t go wrong.
Halloween is over, but for many of us, this is just the start of the Monster Cereal eating season. My favorite is Boo Berry. I always thought that my love for it could be described as a Boo Berry Obsession. Now I am not so sure. In 2004 this segment about a true Boo Berry Obsession appeared on the Fred Willard hosted VH1 documentary series “Totally Obsessed.”
In the segment we meet Roger Barr. Roger takes his love for Boo Berry to levels that make my craving for it seem mild. Claiming to have had at least 1 bowl of Boo Berry every year since he was 7 years old.
I have shared this video with several people over the years. They all tell me that it seems made up. They think Roger is “faking it.” I do not. Maybe it is because I want to live in a world where someone loves Boo Berry this much. To me that means that there is still a spark of magic left out there (In Roger form). The segment is pretty short. So why not watch it yourself and accept the fact that there is still beauty left in this cold grey world.
Watch Roger Barr’s Appearance on “Totally Obsessed”
Not enough Roger and Boo Berry? Check out his other appearance on “Unwrapped”. Then visit the great Unofficial Boo Berry Page.
Welcome to the third Halloween Special for the Saturday Frights Podcast! What better way to celebrate a long night of festivities than listening to memories of slasher films?
This Halloween Special the Projectionist and I are joined by Doug McCoy, Allison Venezio, Daniel XIII, I See Robots, RetroArtBlog and the Retroist!
I think you will agree that this podcast is a relative Halloween-palooza! One that finds most of us transported to none other than Crimson Creek! Will we survive long enough to tell our thoughts on the slasher genre?
Listen and find out for yourself!
If you have any suggestions for topics you would like for us to cover in the future or comments, email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and on Facebook.
Our intro was graciously provided by the one and only Metagirl!
Our ending theme is “Twisted Toys” provided by the talented Tony Longworth. You can visit his site by clicking that link provided or hopping over to his SoundCloud!
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I know that Marvel Comics and Slave Labor Graphics have published comic books about The Haunted Mansion, but this cute Family Circus cartoon is the only place I’ve ever seen where it was mentioned in a comic strip.
This cartoon is a part of a long story where the family travels to Disneyland for a vacation.
The story begins with this cartoon and runs for a few weeks.
I realize that a comic strip from 2015 isn’t really retro, but the Haunted Mansion and Family Circus have both been around since the 1960s.
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark – is a perfect spokeswoman for the Season. After making her debut in September of 1981 with Elvira’s Movie Macabre she quickly became an icon. For one thing I think viewers appreciated the self-depreciating humor of the character. In addition there were the puns…those wonderfully horrible puns.
Furthermore by the time this particular Mug TV commercial aired – Elvira had already appeared in her 1988 movie. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark of course!
I am afraid the film didn’t exactly set the box office on fire with its ticket sales. In spite of attempting to do that very thing to her in the movie.
Elvira though proved you can’t keep a good ghoul down!
I doubt that way back in 1981 when Cassandra Peterson came up with the character, she ever thought that she would be featured in comic books, video games, and two Bally/Midway pinball tables.
On the other hand – her natural charm makes her the go to gal for Halloween, right? I can recall seeing this ad back in 1989. I drank a lot of Mugs Root Beer. Owing to the fact that I really wanted that chance to visit Universal Studios and see the Bates motel. The opportunity to hang out with Elvira…that was totally a cherry on top.
In spite of guzzling gallons of Mugs – I didn’t win. On the other hand we are all winners thanks to Dinosaur Dracula uploading this commercial!
Did you happen to spy The Hills Have Eyes Michael Berryman in that ad? You can see him at around the 15 second mark!