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We all know what happens to old Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens' classic story, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. But prior to his ghost-induced personal turnaround, how did he act during the rest of the year? What was his demeanor during other holidays, like say, Halloween? Chicago's own POOCHAMUNGAS might just have the answer, as revealed in their new seasonal song, "Bah Humbug Halloween." Stream the track below, then grab a FREE Download (through Oct 31) on CDBaby!

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You wouldn't normally associate MICRO MACHINES - the super-tiny little cars that once out-sold both HOT WHEELS and MATCHBOX in the 1980s - with Halloween. In 1990, however, that's just what toymaker Galoob did, decking out The Micro Machines Man (aka actor John Moschitta Jr.) in his Bela Lugosi-best as DRACULA.

Open since 1912, Didier Farms is a sizable greenhouse and farmstand located at 16678 W. Aptakisic Rd. on the border of Prarie View and Lincolnshire, Illinois - about 30 miles north of Chicago. When Fall rolls around, their annual "Pumpkinfest" goes into full-effect as the entire property is transformed into an Autumn Wonderland. While there's plenty of "pumpkin patches" in the Chicago area (and we love many of them), the large array of activities and sights is what puts Didier Farms among those in the top tier.

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Back in the spring, Brooklyn duo THE POP UPS (Jacob Stein & Jason Rabinowitz) released RADIO JUNGLE (review here), arguably one of 2012's best albums geared toward the Kindie realm. It's been a little bit since I'd heard from them, but an email hit my inbox yesterday from Jacob, alerting me to "Miss Elephant's Gerald," a new Halloween single from the band, complete with a video starring Jason's new baby daughter, Ruthie Blue. The jazzy track is on iTunes right now, and you can see the video below - a surprise entry into 2012's 31 Days of Halloween.

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Gustafer Yellowgold rules. If you're not familiar with the little yellow fellow from the Sun, you're missing out (and so are your kids)! Earlier this year, Gustafer (a creation of Morgan Taylor) released his fifth CD/DVD, GUSTAFER YELLOWGOLD'S YEAR IN THE DAY (read my review on The Rock Father, here), a "Musical Moving Book" that presents each song with an animated short film. As Gustafer and his friends explore the holidays and seasons of Earth, Halloween is celebrated with the catchy number, "Werewolves Rock." Now, that video is online...

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Here we are at the halfway mark for the 2012 installment of The Rock Father's 31 Days of Halloween, and what better way to mark the occasion than a free song? In the spirit of the season, L.A.-based children's entertainer Deborah Poppink, aka DidiPop, is giving readers a FREE Download of her Halloween song, "Goblins!" Check out the music video and lyrics below, then hit the widget for the song.

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