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It's not quite spring, and already I'm writing about fall. Not a huge stretch seeing as Halloween is my favorite holiday (followed by Christmas), and while we've got a full two seasons to go until the return of autumn colors and pumpkin spice, the folks at Papercutz just sent over a look at what's lurking ahead. New Tales from the Crypt, a Scrooge McDuck x Star Wars "Great Parody," a relaunch of Gumby and new volumes of Trolls and Barbie aside, there's werewolves, ghosts, dinosaurs and even a very modern spin on some classic monsters. Check it out...

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Is it Halloween in April? Weird to follow-up a post about toys based on THE MUNSTERS with this...

I've known about these for a bit, but now that photos for all of them have surfaced online, it's time to discuss a forthcoming wave of the Hot Wheels "Pop Culture" cars... UNIVERSAL HORROR.

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Thursday, October 25 2012 00:00

31 Days of Halloween: Dear Dracula

When I set the DVR to record the premiere of a new animated Halloween special called DEAR DRACULA on Cartoon Network, I had no idea that it was based on a graphic novel. Sure enough, the special was adapted from a 2008 story by Joshua Williamson and Vincente "Vinny" Navarrete that was released through Image Comics' Shadowline imprint. Why did I set the DVR to record? I thought it would be a cute special for my daughter to watch.

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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.

Growing up, MAD MONSTER PARTY was the stuff of legend for quite a few years. Originally released in 1967, this stop-motion classic from Rankin/Bass was rarely-seen and never seemed to have quite the notoriety of the other Holiday specials (such as RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER) produced by the purveyors of the "Animagic" technique.  Despite a few video releases over the years, it wasn't until it hit DVD in the 2000's that this Halloween special (since repackaged and reissued several times over) really became a staple again.

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