IT’S OFFICIAL! Ghostbusters Comes to Halloween Horror Nights!

If you hear screaming, that’s me because UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JUST ANNOUNCED THEIR GHOSTBUSTERS HOUSE AT HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS!

Fans have been waiting for this for months as rumors ramped up and excitement reached a fever pitch. And then, we read the copy and our excitement went nuclear. Melting down the containment system nuclear.

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, you’ll jump through the movie screen of the original 1984 film and walk through some of your favorite scenes like the New York Public Library, the Temple of Gozer and more.


In this haunted house, you’ll be transported to the streets of New York as the rift between worlds opens, releasing ghoulish spirits, hideous specters and ectoplasm-dripping phantasms in every shape and size. Come face-to-face with the voracious Slimer, the all-power Gozer the Gozerian, Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and more.


Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston will have to save the day as these paranormal creatures materialize in unexpected places – but will their proton packs be enough?

Halloween Horror Nights official page

And if that isn’t enough to get you excited, there’s this:

Get your proton packs on, fellow Ghostbusters! It’s on!

Vintage Halloween Commercials from the 80s

In the 1980s, the only way to skip past the commercials was to walk to the fridge to get a can of Tab. As such, advertisers didn’t have to be too creative with their ad campaigns and yet, we still got some pretty iconic commercials from that era. Naturally, my favorite were the Halloween commercials. So stroll down the lane of television commercials from Halloween past, would you?

Before Spirit Halloween and Amazon, there was Woolworth’s and Ben Cooper costumes. Come October, the shelves would be stacked with neatly organized boxes that promised a plastic mask and apron in sizes S, M and L. If you’re lucky, you might also happen upon a copy of “Sounds to Make You Shiver.”

While this was technically 1990, it’s still a relic of the era.

Another one from the very early 90s (1991), this one is, like the Easter Seals commercial, one that very much holds true to the spirit of the 80s. Honestly advertisers, if you put more Frankenstein in your ads, you’d probably have less folks hitting that “skip ad” button these days.

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Stranger Things Season 3 Surpasses Second Season, Lives Up to First

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By the time the fireworks started popping on July 4th, most of you Strangers had finished bingeing Stranger Things season 3. My plan had been to hop right on here and write up my own review and have it in the queue to publish in the morning. 

What I wasn’t expecting was to be emotionally drained when the credits rolled. Each season of Stranger Things has left me bouncing off the walls, giddy as all get out and ready to rush into tons of discussion. This season left me “needing a moment” to get my thoughts together. 

So before I jump off into spoilers, I’ll give you this quick spoiler-free nugget: Stranger Things Season 3 is a triumph of storytelling. It’s on-par with the first season and, in some ways, surpasses the perfection of season one in its scope and themes. 

Now, if you haven’t watched Stranger Things Season 3, you might want to stop here and go watch it, because beyond here, there be spoilers, matey. 

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Marvel Endgame Costumes for Halloween

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True story: I’m a HUGE MCU/Marvel fan. Anyone who knows me well would laugh at that statement because it so seriously undersells my devotion to these characters.

Recently, I started toying with the idea of cosplaying Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow and went in search of costumes. Given that this is probably going to be one of the most popular choices for Halloween 2019, I went ahead and put together a list of what I thought were some of the most attractive costume pieces available commercially. Let’s see what we’ve got.

Captain America

Captain America’s Helmet

Let’s start with my favorite guy. Cap has been around the MCU long enough that there’s plenty of decent costume pieces available commercially, such as the mask above or the remaining pieces below.

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Halloween Horror Nights 29 Update! Yeti: Terror of the Yukon!

Yesterday, Universal Studios announced their 5th maze and the 3rd original maze for HHN 29 – Yeti: Terror of the Yukon.

Admittedly, this is the first original house I’m truly excited for. For those who attended HHN 28 and went through the Slaughter Sinema maze, they met the Yukon Yeti’s spiritual brother, the Swamp Yeti. And that thing was TERRIFYING. Huge and masterfully played by his scare-actors, that thing was a guaranteed pee-your-pants scare.

And if the marketing copy for the house is any indication, this guy will be just as terrifying (if not more) than his swamp cousin:

From the evil geniuses (they paid me to say that) who brought you Attack of the Swamp Yeti in last year’s grindhouse-themed Slaughter Sinema house comes a frightening new take on the fear-inducing folklore of the wild Yeti. 

Universal’s Official HHN Blog

So far, all the rumors are matching up (to some degree) with reality as a yeti house based on the Swamp Yeti has been rumored since HHN 28’s close. My prediction? You can almost bet on those Ghostbuster and House of 1000 Corpses houses unless something majorly falls through in these final months.

Halloween Book Find: Halloween Crafts – Eerily Elegant Decor

Last week, I told you about finding free-to-read back issues of Famous Monsters of Filmland on archive.org

This week, I’m going to begin highlighting some free-to-borrow books on Open Library. Once you’ve signed up with your own account, you can “borrow” any book on the site as long as another user doesn’t have that item checked out. 

Finding Halloween-themed books on the site isn’t difficult through a search, but you find a lot of books that don’t have a lot to offer. Luckily, there’s me, who loves to go through the offerings to see what the years have brought us in the way of Halloween publishing. 

This week’s find is a book called, simply, Halloween Crafts: Eerily Elegant Decor by Kasey Rogers and Mark Wood. What’s especially interesting about this particular book is that it’s co-authored by Kasey Rogers, who portrayed “Louise Tate” on the television series, “Bewitched,” taking over the role when Irene Vernon left the series. Though she has since passed away, this book and a number of others suggest a prolific crafting and DIY life.

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Where’s Your Halloween Candy Made? M&M Edition

Have you ever wondered where your Halloween candy is made? Welcome to the first in a series of articles on Halloween Meow exploring the origin of your Halloween candy. What’s the first candy up for discovery? Naturally, it’s one of the most popular candies of all time: M&Ms. 

M&Ms began as a “copycat” candy of the popular British Smarties. They were sold exclusively to the US Military during World War II as a candy that soldiers could carry with them that wouldn’t melt in their pockets (“Melts in your mouth, not in your hand”). Eventually, the candy went “public” and now, the candy is so popular that it’s manufactured at three different facilities in the United States. 

Since 1958, the Mars Wrigley Confectionery has been producing M&Ms at their facility in Hackettstown, New Jersey. However, as demand for the candy grew, they opened another facility in Cleveland, TN in 1978, with the facility expanding in 2018 to incorporate the hazelnut spread (read: Nutella) flavor. 

In 2014, Mars Wrigley opened up a third manufacturing plant to meet the demand for the candy in Topeka, Kansas. Just this year, the Topeka manufacturer announced it would be adding three new flavors to their manufacturing line-up: Mexican Jalapeño Peanut, Thai Coconut Peanut and English Toffee Peanut.

Given that these candies are produced at one of these three factories, it may be confusing to figure out exactly which factory produced the candies you’re munching on. However, if you take a look at the back of your M&Ms package, the package will tell you exactly which of the three factories produced your candy.

Of course, there’s one step that they might miss if your brand of M&M is one with a peanut center: the peanut. Most of the peanuts used in Peanut M&Ms are sourced at their Albany, Georgia plant. These same peanuts also find their way into Mars Wrigley other peanut centric candies such as Snickers. 

Are M&Ms your favorite Halloween candy? If not, what’s your poison?

Halloween Color Palettes for Crafting, Designing, Etc.

Over the years, “Halloween colors” have evolved from the traditional black and orange to include all manner of colors across the spectrum. Colors such as purple and green have become traditional since the days of Dennison’s Bogie Book and now, you can even find pastel Halloween palettes.

A traditional color palette with a variety of orange and yellow along with customary black.

I love color and love playing with it, so I cooked up some color palettes for fun. They’re inspired by everything from vintage Halloween to slasher films. Enjoy!

I used the packaging of an old Ben Cooper Halloween costume box for this palette.
Inspired by the colors of the traditional look of Frankenstein’s monster.
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Did You Know Back Issues of Famous Monsters of Filmland Are Available for FREE Online?

There’s a tendency among those who love horror to trash new horror and revere old horror. In reality, there’s a lot of good new horror out there and a lot of bad old horror.

And vice versa.

But there’s just something about vintage horror that makes me happy. It’s easy to find fault with a lot of the campier stuff, but there’s so much fun to be had with the older, way campier stuff. The practical effects, the creativity and just the nostalgia of it.

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The Great Stephen King Reread: The Shining

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The Great Stephen King Reread continues and this time, it’s one of King’s most famous masterpieces: The Shining.

And it is a masterpiece. So far, I’ve found that most (but not all, and we’ll get to that) King’s books get even better with the reader’s age. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve developed near-crippling anxiety, depression and whatever else (that’s its own horror tale). Seeing Jack Torrance struggle with his own inner demons made the terror for both Jack and Danny more real for me as an older reader. Whereas some horror loses its ability to scare, I’ve found that The Shining has the ability to scare me in a completely different way than it did as a teenager. And I find that utterly remarkable. 

As a teen, it was the possibility of the supernatural that terrified me. As an adult, it’s the creeping terror of being at the mercy of your inner demons. 

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