Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Final Thought on Pretenders

The First Trick-or-Treat

The ones who first cried “Trick or Treat”
Wore costumes made of leaves --
They did not ask, but snatched their prize --
This Adam, and his Eve --

The first to hide and say “Not Me”
When asked if they were there --
The first to huddle in disguise --
Spend trembling nights in fear -- 

And we, their children, hide like them
And live behind a mask --
Our true self we’re afraid to show
And too ashamed to ask --

I wait with eagerness that day
When masks are cast aside --
When treats are given evermore
And we are waved inside

Happy Halloween!

See you next Monday.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Thingmakers and Creepy Crawlers!

They came out in 1964.  It was with much joy and jubilation that I received one soon afterwards!

You poured the Plastigoop into the metal molds, you heated the mold in the Thingmaker cooker thing, and when it turned the right color (a darker "cooked" color), you took it off the heat and let it cool ... and you had your own bug! or whatever.

Now, all of my Thingmaker accoutrements have gone with the wind.  But in later years, when it came out, I bought the reissue, whose package is seen thusly:

Sadly, this newer, "safer" version is like the Easy Bake Oven -- heating via light bulb.  So slow and inefficient!  After a couple of disappointing attempts, this thing is now in the attic.

However, in recent years I have come across two relics from the original sets. seen below.

Someday I am going to buy some more Plastigoop and pour it into this mold.

And I'm going to plug in this Thingmaker.

And I'm going to MAKE A BUG!

Just don't hold your breath!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Musical Monday: MA-16 - Ghos-Terrific Sounds

Here is last year's Haloween compilation, lost to history when Megaupload was seized.

By the way, the above is the original art that I tweaked for my CD cover art.

These are the songs:

1        Mr After Halloween Costume Shop Salesman        Al Lowe      1:00
2       "The Return of Dracula": The End   Gerald Fried      4:08
3       Teenage Frankenstein     Alice Cooper      3:27
4       Trick or Treat  Andrew Gold         3:23
5       Everybody Loves You When You're Dead     Stranglers         2:39
6       Creature from the Black Leather Lagoon           The Cramps    3:12
7       Count Dracula  All About Halloween  1:09
8 Halloween in Heaven Type O Negative 4:50
9 The Nightmare Before Christmas Pharaoh Atem 1:37
10 Godzilla (Album Version) Blue Oyster Cult 3:42
11 Halloween Parade David Berkeley    3:16
12 Gigantor Helmet   4:12
13 Surfin' Halloween Big Chopper 1:27
14 Count Dracula Robbie the Werewolf 5:09
15 Halloween Monster Mania stAllio!   7:55
16 Planet of the Apes Frankenstein Drag Queens   3:00
17 The Legend of Wooley Swamp Charlie Daniels   3:56
18 Spooks of Halloween Town   Yoko Shimomura   1:20
19 Hand of Blood Bullet for My Valentine 3:37
20 Casper, the Friendly Ghost      Peter Pan Singers 0:53
21 Scary Song Frankenstein Drag Queens    2:37
22 Zombie Stomp      H. Zombie featuring Toño Pneumo 4:14
23 Halloween Party     Sue Schnitzer 3:54
24 Frankenstein Rock Eddie Thomas 1:50
25 I Want a Monster     Prairie Dawn 2:12

And here is the link ... if you dare!


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Dracula and Junior

This is the third of the Aurora monster models that I -- err, borrowed -- from my big brother, along with a smaller plstic action-figure (!!!)-type version.

Once I asked Robert why there was no blood on Dracula's mouth and he said portentously that the vampire never shows a trace of his kill.

This was malarkey, but at that young age I took it as gospel.

See upi tomorrow for Musical Monday!
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