Saturday, October 31, 2015


Just one last post before Halloween 2015 is dead and buried. First, I want to thank everyone who stopped by this month and checked out all of our Halloween posts. Thanks for the comments, likes, retweets and lurks! I hope you enjoyed it.

This was the last Neato Ghoulville Halloween countdown. After ten Halloween countdowns filled with 500+ blog posts, I believe it's time to end the madness. It's been fun transforming this blog each year, but it's time to permanently bury Neato Ghoulville. Next year, I'll still post some things to celebrate the orange & black season...just not everyday.

For fun, here's a look back at some Neato Ghoulville banners and creations I made for the blog during the ten countdowns.




Wishing everyone a neato cool Halloween! Enjoy all the fiendish fun on this holiday of imagination and mystery!


Earlier this month I found this whimsical antique Halloween treat box and I had to resist sharing it until today. It's amazing to think that someone, probably a child at the time, saved this wonderful and fragile piece that dates back to the 1920s. This box covered in orange and black crepe paper with the grinning Jack O'Lantern on top has many mysteries. What kind of candy was inside? What Halloween memory does this box represent? How did it survive all these years? Who was the original owner? The mystery just adds to the charm of this piece. That goofy grin just tells us that Jack knows something and he's not telling anyone...ever. 

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2015


It's hard to believe that the Halloween countdown will soon be over. There were so many treats handed out across the world wide (spider)web. Be sure to visit the master list of countdown bloggers at the Countdown to Halloween site. For fun, I've listed a small sample size of some of the posts and Halloween related things that caught my eye this spooky holiday season. Enjoy!

Zombie Mouth Bubblegum - As a candy and monster fan, it's been exciting to watch and contribute to the beginning stages of the first ever crowdsourced bubblegum. It still has a long way to go before becoming a reality and you still have a few days to join the fun and be part of confectionary history.

The Lost Boys Virtual Trading Cards - I always enjoy seeing Shawn's "These Should Exist" virtual trading cards on his Branded in the 80's blog. He's created some neato cool looking cards based after various movie and TV show properties. His Lost Boys cards will make you wish they were at the 7-11 back in the day!

Creature Crunch and Bridal Bits Cereal Boxes - Karswell created two monsterlicious fake cereal boxes based after The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Bride of Frankenstein.

Remco Monsterizer Video - Plaid Stallions gives us a video demonstration of Remco's 1980 monster toy, the Monsterizer!

Monster Vitamins Coupon Ad - Garage Sale Finds shared this wonderful ad from one of my favorite items from childhood!

Bride of Frankenstein Theater Marquee - Frankensteinia is celebrating the 80th anniversary of The Bride of the Frankenstein.

Sleestak Art - I always enjoy seeing John Rozum's cut-out artwork and he's been sharing some great ones throughout the countdown. My favorite is the Sleestak! A close second is John's Crimson Ghost.

Mr. Fun's Costumes and Magic Emporium - Wonderful Wonderblog took us on a fun tour of a fun looking place that has lots of fun stuff!

Halloween Web - Over at AEIOU...and Sometimes Why you can find a bunch of interviews of of Halloween bloggers. Excellent interviews and it's great opportunity to "get to know" some of the wizards behind the blog curtain.

Comic Adaptations of H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man - The Halloween countdown theme for Cavalcade of Awesome is The Invisible Man.

Cookies based after the movie The Crawling Eye - I always enjoy the clever posts over at My House is Cuter Than Yours blog and I really dig these cookies based after the 1958 B-movie.

1973 Leaf Halloween Candy Brochure - shared this amazing candy brochure!

Halloween Mood Tree - Something simply brilliant at the Secret Fun Blog.

Plastic Halloween Trick or Treat Bags - Dinosaur Dracula usually throws in a few cheap plastic trick or treat bags and this year he found some neat ones!

Anaheim Halloween Parade Photos - Excellent photos by Bittersweet Susie of this amazing annual event! See more at the Anaheim Halloween Parade facebook page.


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My favorite Freddy flick!

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Another season of Castle Vlad has come to an end. There's no need to be sad. Turn that fang frown upside down as you watch the annual outtakes and bloopers video!

Vlad has one more treat for you today an it's in the form of the last two Castle Vlad trading cards! New cards are coming soon so br sure to like the official Castle Vlad Facebook page so you can collect 'em all!  


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Thursday, October 29, 2015


Yes, it's hard to believe, but sometimes Vlad needs help fighting infidels and TV station managers. When he does, he calls on his Minister of Mayhem!