As a kid in the 80s, it was always kind of a thing that when October rolled around, you'd keep your eye out for the new Halloween "specials" that would land on TV just in time for the spooky season. It seemed that every year brought with it a new crop of self-contained stories that took place against a backdrop of fresh fall colors and pumpkin patches peppered with shades of orange and green. Whether it's age or reality, it doesn't seem that there's as many of those "specials" these days, but this year I found a new one that exists only in audio form.
It's been 50 years since THE BERENSTAIN BEARS first arrived with the publication of THE BIG HONEY HUNT, a book that launched what would become a lasting legacy of children's entertainment. While we have a few different Berenstain books here at Rock Father HQ, it's the cartoon (which currently airs on PBS Kids' Sprout) that my oldest daughter most identifies with. In the spirit of the season, the folks over at Phase 4 Films have issued THE BERENSTAIN BEARS' SPOOKY STORIES (50th Anniversary Edition) on DVD through their KaBOOM! Entertainment.
With a 3-year-old and a newborn in the house, Winnie the Pooh is everywhere. From books to movies to plush toys, it would seem that the oldest can't get enough of Pooh and his pals from the Hundred Acre Wood. In fact, I actually do a pretty solid version of Pooh Bear's voice, and find myself performing the character on a fairly regular basis. As for the movies, we have several on DVD and Blu-Ray, but October means it's time for WINNIE THE POOH'S HEFFALUMP HALLOWEEN MOVIE.
The wonderful slang of the 1980s... were the Halloween Costumes on-sale at your local TOYS 'R US store enough to make your Halloween ''super maximum?'' According to the following commercial, they certainly were. More concerning is why there's a large Gorilla that appears to kidnap a small child right in front of the mother, who apparently goes along with it. Well, she is a witch. Watch and learn.
Clint Perry & The Boo Hoo Crew have been pretty busy lately. Having just released their new album, SHAKE YOUR PIRATE BOOTY (review here) last month, you might think that they're done with new music for 2012. Not so, as they're celebrating the spooktacular season with a brand-new single called "It's Halloween." You can get it now on iTunes and other digital retailers, but first feel free to stream it in the player below!
I've had my eye on LEGO Monster Fighters for awhile now, despite currently being in Duplo mode here at Rock Father HQ. With a plotline seemingly inspired by THE MONSTER SQUAD (or more likely, the Universal Monsters that inspired it), there's few other toys on the market right now that fit Halloween as perfectly as these. That said, LEGO Monster Fighters are a fitting feature for Day 4 of The Rock Father's 31 Days of Halloween.