Sunday, October 20, 2019

Shopping at The DI is A Waste of Time

I was going to post some pics of a vintage Slimer puppet I fouund; but my spouse taught me today that shopping at the DI is a waste of time.  I will rebrand this blog into a sports blog, like a normal.  No more money and time wasted at the stupid DI, garage sales, or thrift stores!  I will definitely plan a Super Bowl party this year, and enlist my son in peewee league football.  I will need to buy one of them Rokus to watch all the football, baseball, and everything else that's ends with "balls" games.

This year, I predict, my boys (The Browns), will take the Super Bowel LIII!!!  The final score will be 59-0 against the Raiders.  See me analysis below.

(place holder football strats)

Wait, I think my wife probably wants me to turn this into a cleaning, cooking, parenting, relationships, and home decor/improvement blog.

What's your vote, home decor, or sports?

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Mortal Mansion

Saturday night bedtime story for the kids.  Found this awesome pop-up book for cheap at Savers.  I was going to post this to Instagram, but the app keeps crashing on my phone.  Maybe it's for the best.









So much to look at on each page, and so much blood!  Which page is your favorite?  I actually noticed there is a ghost that looks exactly like the ghost on the cover of Ghosts & Ghouls.

Friday, October 11, 2019

All My Pumpkins

Over the years I have been collecting plug-in plastic and plaster Jack o' Lanterns.  There is just something very satisfying seeing a window full of these spooky guys!  I paid $1 each for these!  All found at the DI.  Let's have a look see.



  1. M&Ms Red Mascot, East Corp Toys Co, 2001
  2. Blow-mold with no markings.  Who knows when this was made?  It's very flat.  I can send more pictures if you need to ID this Jack.
  3. Trendmaster, 1993
  4. Jakks Pacific Inc, 2003
  5. Square Teeth, The Paper Magic Group, 1998
  6. 4-in-a-row, Trendmaster, 1995
  7. Sharp TeethThe Paper Magic Group, 1998
  8. Stack o' Jacks, Gemmy Industries Corp, no date stamp


Was this a light-up blow-mold?  Does anyone have info on this one?


Do you have some of these at home?  Which ones are your favorite?


Thursday, October 10, 2019

Local Utah Haunts: Ghosts of Camp Floyd and Troll 2

This is a Utah State Park event that our local Boy Scout Troop plans to attend:
https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/camp-floyd/events/

GHOSTS OF CAMP FLOYD
Is Camp Floyd haunted?  The public is invited to participate in a paranormal investigation of Camp Floyd.  Because of the popularity of this program, four sessions will be conducted this year with each date limited to 40 participants.  Admission fees are $7 per person and reservations are required.
Participants are encouraged to view the museums at Camp Floyd during the day light beginning at 6 pm, with the event starting at 7:00 PM and ending at 9:00 PM.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own flash lights, recorders, cameras, digital and infrared cameras where park staff will assist participants in the use of their equipment in finding paranormal orbs, mists and sounds.
A brief presentation will be conducted to familiarize participants with paranormal investigating techniques and findings as the investigation starts.  All participants will be invited to present their findings at the conclusion of the investigation, and will have the opportunity of viewing photographs along with other paranormal evidence gathered at this historic site. 
Camp Floyd was a short-lived U.S. Army post in the Cedar Valley, Utah, United States. The Stagecoach Inn was a nearby hotel which also served as a stagecoach stop and, during 1860-1861, a Pony Express stop.
You can bet I will return and report our findings!  Do you believe in ghosts?  Have you ever investigated paranormal activity?

I also discovered that Trolls 2 was filmed right in in the beehive state, Morgan, UT!  I plan to watch the movie, and then the documentary about the movie's production, "The Best Worst Movie Ever".


Have you seen Troll 2?  What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Squirmy Wormy Donuts

These are amazingly good, I was surprised!  They are the October donut of the month this year at my local Smith's Food & Drug (Kroger) grocery stores.  If there is a Smith's in your area check and see if your bakery has these!

They're just chocolate donuts, topped with Oreo crumbles, and apple flavored gummy worms.  10/10 must try this month!






Do you have a Smith's nearby?  Have you tried these?  Are there any junk foods you gotta have this time of year?

Monday, October 7, 2019

Bobble Beasts

I acquired these awesome bobble heads from the designer himself!  Check out his Instagram account @andraculoid.  He currently designs and re-produces some wicked awesome masks, busts, and props from horror films.





I love the character profiles on these guys!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

October 2019 General Conference Saturday Session & General Women's Session

Taking a little break for next few days for General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.



Friday, October 4, 2019

Arctic Circle's Square Pumpkin 2019



They're back again this year!  Not sure how many years they have done the Square Pumpkin, but we're talking 35+ years now!  I really wish they would run a new local commercial.  TV is all but dead these days.  Arctic Circle has ditched the "Square Pumpkin" title it seems, and now just offers a spooky Halloween themed kids meal box.  It's not as cool as in years past, but I'll take it.  The food is the same, the only difference is the box, and the annual Halloween "flashlights".  Gotta keep them safe for Tricks and Treats! 

This boy is also obsessed with cheese burgers right now! 




Milen got the Franky, and Ava got the Eyeball.  The flashlights don't change much from year to year, but they are a fun little tradition.  One year they had robot flashlights, which was stranger than aliens for Halloween.  Like I said, I'll take it.  (They're better than the flashlights featured in the above commercial .  I wish I knew when that commercial aired.  I wanna say late 90's, early 2000's?)  McDonald's is lame now and doesn't offer Halloween Happy Meals, and BK is totally out to lunch when it comes to their kid's meals.  The Burger King Kid's Club is dead.

Milen got creative with the lights and used them to light up the ghost shelf

Anyways, I got my usual Pumpkin Pie shake.  This time I added chocolate, which made it kind of taste like pumpkin chocolate chip cookie ice cream.  And for some reason they topped it off with a Nilla Waffer.


Any other Utahns out there?  What do you think of the Square Pumpkin meals?  If you're not from Utah, do you have any local eateries that offer Halloween themed kids meals?  If you do know of any other fast food joints with halloween offerings this year then please let me know!  and show me pictures!


Past Square Pumpkins:

1981 Square Pumpkin!!! <--AWESOME 80's Halloween commercial!!!
2009 Square Pumpkin
2012 Square Pumpkin?
2013 Square Pumpkin
2015 Square Pumpkin

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Ream's: Halloween Time Machine 2019

If you live in Utah and love Halloween, then you need to check out Ream's!  For the past few years I have found some awesome stuff.  Incredible selection for a grocery store, and super cheap!  If you are not familiar with Ream's, it is a local grocery store chain here in the beehive state.  There is a scotish mascot, and the stores are pretty run down.  I still have fond memories roller balding to reams to see what tapes and video games they had for rent.

Between two Ream's location, checkout what I found this year.  It's like stepping into a time machine!

Look at this!  You ever see a full page of Halloween in the newspaper mailer, for a grocery store!? Beautiful.


 I had to have one of each of the purple, green, white, and & orange ghosts.  Just 99 cents each!


Sadly, I only found the orange and purple (with eyes) windups.


Where is your secret Halloween honey hole?





Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Ernest Scared Stupid - Opening Credits Movie Challenge

It's no secret that I love Ernest, and Ernest Scared Stupid is my favorite movie from the series.  The opening credits sequence is fantastic!  It features Ernest reacting to various classic, open source, sci-fi and horror film clips.  As a kid I always wondered what movies these clips were from.  Now I know, and I want to watch them all before Halloween 2019!  Won't you join me?



Videos featured:
1. Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922) -WATCHED
2. White Zombie (1932)
3. Phantom from Space (1953) WATCHED
4. The Brain from Planet Arous (1957)
5. The Screaming Skull (1958) - WATCHED
6. Missile to the Moon (1958)
7. The Hideous Sun Demon (1959)
8. The Giant Gila Monster (1959) - WATCHED
9. The Killer Shrews (1959) - WATCHED
10. Nebo Zovyot (1960)
11. The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) - WATCHED Some of these I may watch the SM3K versions, if available on Netflix or somewhere else, and call it good. I have seen Nosferatu, though it has been a while. Have you seen any of these films? What did you think of them? Are there any films featured here that I forgot to mention? Who's the random guy at 1:07?


Update: I am updating this post as I watch the movies. So far Nosferatu is the best by far, followed by Little Shop of Horrors. I doubt the rest will dethrone Nosferatu as my favorite, but we shall see what the sci-fi horror movie are like.


Monday, March 25, 2019

Halloween in April

I have moved some things out of storage and into our family room, where my kids have full access to my nerdy toys and junk. So far, no major incidents and I have been able to enjoy things with my cute loveable little rascals.

















Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Must See Movies 2019 and Beyond

3/25 Update: My wife is a big fan of the Studio Ghobli films, so we will watch Howell’s Moving Castle in theaters to celebrate the 15 year anniversary of this great anime film. I love you honey, find me in the future!

I normally wait until DVD, or even a Netflix release, but I will definitely these these in theater (dollar theater perhaps);

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog - Starring Jim Carey as Dr. Ivo Robotnik, and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic!  I saw The Mario Bros. movie in theaters 26 years ago, so I definitely need to see Sonic!
  2. Ghostbusters 3 - I am so hyped for this! I was really disappointed that the new Ghostbusters cartoon never panned out.
  3. Super Mario Bros.: The Movie - Again, I saw the Mario Bros. movie in the 90's and loved it.  How bad could this be?  Written by Shigeru Miyamoto 
  4. Avengers: Endgame
  5. Captain Marvel
  6. Toy Story 4
  7. Dark Phoenix
  8. Star Wars: Episode IX - Maybe Disney will surprise me?
  9. Shazam
  10. Hellboy - I saw the first two films in theater.  This one looks great!
  11. Zombieland 2 - Hopefully Bill Murray comes back as a zombie.