Issue 19 of Castle of Frankenstein contains the usual reviews (including Hammer Horror) and interviews (with Ray Harryhausen and Douglas Trumbull). Social commentary (this is the 1970s) enters with CoF's best horror film of the year choice: Vietnamese children running from a napalm attack. A reader really dislikes issue 18 and wishes CoF would publish more frequently.
Spirit Halloween comes up with nifty tableaus to exhibit their life-size decorations in. For 2016, their Halloween milieu is the cursed hotel. Last year it was the cursed subway train. Here are some highlights.
Here's a beautiful Monster in My Pocket Windingo Halloween costume to go trick or treating in. (Listed by eBay'r oldskooltoysandgames.) It's a shame the front of the box doesn't show as much graphic excitement as the sides.
eBay'r theangryspider listed this Collegeville Spooky Spooks Skeleton. The only bone to pick I have with his photos is that he (or she) didn't unfold the vinyl skeleton suit, which looks like it has an awesome illustration we can't see. So that's a tad annoying. I've noticed sellers tend to not unfold vinyl costumes much when listing them. Odd. I wonder why? I can tell you though, that, after 30 minutes in a vinyl costume, you would sweat down to a skeleton yourself.
Perhaps one of the more perennial Halloween costumes, the devil persona does bring out the naughty with style. And with a little retooling, it can also make a very effective Krampus for Christmas, too. (Listed by eBay seller daisy82.)
Lots of gruesome terror in this issue of Horror Tales, beginning with those vile monsters torturing their poor victim. Ghouls running amok, rail-kill hits the tracks, and horror comes to room 1313, all drawn with verve and nerve to bring a chill to your ebookish ways. Just try to keep your head, unlike the poor fool stalked by the lady killer in the last story.
A little bit Bela a little bit Phantom of the Opera make for a colorful and scary Dracula. Only thing missing are the sharp incisors ready to bite down hard. The slight trickle of blood around the lower lip is a nice touch.
Here's a Ben Cooper Skeleton Halloween costume with ventilated mask, circa 1972. Of course, with the vinyl costume, you'd need more than just a mask to provide cooling relief. Whoever came up with the idea of saving money by using vinyl for Halloween costumes was evil, pure and simple. (Seller nashei listed this one on Ebay.)
On a recent jaunt to Crossville, Tennessee, I came across this groady little clown statuette in an antique shop. Yes, his nose is a light bulb and shines bright when lit. Yes, he's quite a scary and ugly little thing. Yes, he's really not, and I repeat not, a good gift idea. But I couldn't resist. I can only imagine those poor kids scared in their beds when their parents brought this night light home. So, you may Elf on the Shelf, but I've got...well, you know...