Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Horror Movie BBQ Goosebumps Giveaway!

Thanks to going to the thrift stores and Netflix, the wildly popular Goosebumps book series and tv show has been slowly creeping it's way back into my life (no pun intended). Going back to watching the tv series and reading the books makes me feel a little nostalgic. I can distinctly can remember picking up my first selection of what would be countless others, One Day At Horrorland, in the summer of 1994, for some summer reading. I was blown away by the fun horror and the humor. What also appealed to me was the sense that these books catered to a certain audience but didn't dumb everything down to a point that a reader would feel insulted. In fact, I can also remember reading it and thinking that it was a somewhat of a current Tales From The Crypt. By that point, Goosebumps popularity was in it's infancy but it didn't taken long. Within a year, Goosebumps was everywhere. EVERYWHERE. The show became so popular that spawned a merchandising juggernaut with clothes, toys, a fan club, and eventually the inevitable, a tv series on Fox Kids. To this day, I still have my middle school journal written in a Goosebumps notebook. It seemed Goosebumps was not going away anytime soon and to this day, it remains very popular with kids of all ages.

Author RL Stine took a great concept of writing PG rated horror, marketing towards the school age and tweens who craved creepy stories but weren't ready for some of the craziness and scariness of Stephen King. And it was a great idea too, not to mention a risky one. If done wrong, the books would've been a flop. But they weren't and they made RL Stine a household name.

So today, I offer you an opportunity to win a nice little prize pack of Goosebumps goodies in my first giveaway as a small way to thank you for the growing support of this blog and the Facebook page!

Up for grabs is 5 books, a DVD and a cassette. The books included are classics such as Night of the Living Dummy, The Haunted Mask 1, One Day At HorrorLand, The Cuckoo Clock of Doom, and a selection from the Hall of Horrors subseries "Claws!". The DVD included is "Chillogy" which includes three episodes from the TV series. And rounding out the prize pack is a cassette-audiobook of The Haunted Mask 2. All can be yours, but in order to win, you must follow the following steps:

1.) Head over and "like" the growing Horror Movie BBQ Facebook page by clicking here!

2.) Come back here and leave a comment about what was your favorite Goosebumps story, tv episode, memory or even piece of memorabilia. Don't forget to leave your email address in your comment. Otherwise, how can I send these out???

You can enter anytime between now and October 13th at midnight to enter. I'll pick a name at random on Monday the 14th and you will be notified via the email you provided.

Good luck to all who enter and all those who have supported this blog throughout the past few months. Hope this prize pack keeps you warm on these chilly Fall nights!

And in the words of RL Stine "Reader're in for a scare!"


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cheetos Halloween Bucket

The Halloween season has officially kicked off. Stores have already begun stocking their shelves with all kinds of orange and black coated goodies for the next two months. Of course the big news is the return of Yummy Mummy and Frute Brute to join their compadres of the Monster Cereals and it's kinda hard to beat that. Especially with the Target exclusive Flashback Packaging(replicating their original packing from the 70s) hitting stores and sending fans into a tizzy trying to complete a set of 5.

But I stopped into Target today to look for them and came up short. My heart was broken, but my spirit was not broken. Especially when I turned the corner and saw the beautiful sight of the Halloween section slowly being constructed. Now there wasn't a lot of stuff out. It's in it's infancy stage of construction. The candy is out as is the cake and cookie decorating stuff. I perused the selection and picked up a few items that caught my eye.

The Halloween edition of the Regular Show, two boxes of Pumpkin cheesecake cookies and a glow in the dark Cheetos bucket. Now, I know it's early on but I feel this may have been the best of the lot. The prize of the lot? The Regular Show dvd for obvious reasons and the pumpkin cheesecake cookies are a limited time treat you must sample. And while I could discuss how great it is to eat those cookies while  watching Rigby and Mordecai chase after the Greatest VHS In The World, I'd rather discuss the centerpiece in the photo above.

Yeah buddy! Check out that bucket! It feels more like an early 90s Frito Lay promo item. And while it looks like Eddie from Iron Maiden eating Cheetos and spewing Ecto Cooler out of his no doubt foul smelling mouth, I have to say it's very eye catching. Obviously companies roll out the "glow in the dark" gimmick around Halloween more than any other time and Frito Lay definitely made the right decision with this. Great image, great colors and a perfect choice of creature. While I can imagine Frankenstein looking cool eating the delicious cheese puffs, The mummy is a perfect choice.

And let's talk about that bag. Chester Cheetah looks so satisfied stealing Cheetos from those weird, walking trees. Perhaps the wrapping himself in toilet paper and running through the woods sniffing around for Cheetos was just too clever for those stupid trees. Look at how pissed off they appear to be! I'd be pissed to if an animated cheetah wrapped up like Lon Chaney outwitted me. Stupid trees. Don't get your hopes up for special Halloween shaped snacks, they're just your normal default Cheetos. At the same time, it wouldn't matter. The package deal of a glow in the dark bucket and the bags is well worth the 5 bucks you will no doubt drop.

Oh yes...I forgot to mention...THE BAGS GLOW IN THE DARK.

Nuff said.

So The Halloween Cheeto Bucket is a pretty solid purchase. If you find yourself in Target, pick one up. It'll be a great centerpiece for any home decor this coming Halloween. Would you rather stare at a bunch of rotting flowers or the ultimate face of doom and deliciousness in the Mummy?

Yeah. The Mummy.