The Greatest Halloween Packaging of All Time

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In the history of mass-produced Halloween decorations, there have been many remarkable boxes and packages that have housed decorations both stellar and less-than-stellar.  However, there is no artwork that matches this beautifully macabre scene.

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Behold the morbid and the macabre!  What sort of heinous decoration could be housed in such a gruesome box?  There are bats, skeletons, zombie hands, graves, mausoleums, and spider webs…  and this is only the bottom of the box!

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Gruesome Ghoul Artwork

Gah!  Look at that drooling ghoul in his eternal shroud!  And what is that, a toppled cross below him?  This must really be some sort of sick and demented decoration.  But wait!  There’s more!

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Gruesome Ghoul Artwork

This must be the grimmest of reapers!  Look at that snake protruding from his eye socket!   He’s even wearing another serpent as a scarf!  Could whatever is inside this box be as terrifying as this?  Could it ever live up to the utter fear that this image inspires?

Believe it or not, this packaging is from a company called Funny Toys.  Funny Toys.  There doesn’t seem to be anything funny about this box.  Perhaps they should’ve called themselves “Great Packaging” instead.  Okay.  Okay.  You have waited long enough.  Here’s the big reveal, the “funny toy” that was inside of this petrifying packaging…

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1990 Funny Toys “Spooky Coffin” Animated Figure

 

Behold the Spooky Coffin, released in 1990!  For 1990, this probably was a pretty gruesome Halloween decoration: a miniature coffin, a vampire rising from it, creepy creaking sounds, menacing music playing, and evil laughter.  Taking all that into consideration, it was pretty advanced for its time.  One thing is for certain, they don’t make ’em like they used to…  And that includes the packaging!

 

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It’s what’s on the outside that counts… Nabisco’s Monster Cookies

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Some grocery stores are displaying an epic tower of cookies, bookended by lifesize versions of Frankenstein’s Monster and his Bride, making for the most epic store display of 2013.  The character selection and artwork is a real throwback to the 1990s when the official Universal Monsters used to adorn such mammoth retail displays.  And while these Nabisco Monsters are not licensed, they might as well be, as they bear a stronger (cartoon) resemblance to the movie characters than anything Universal is currently sanctioning.  So, if you are fortunate enough to stumble upon one of these boo-utifil displays, please share a picture with us in the comments.

But now onto the product they house within their fortress of fright… Nabisco Cookies: Classic Mix — treat sized bags of your favorite commercial-brand cookie products.  And look at the great boxes!  The Dracula is fang-tastic, and the Witch is wickedly wonderful.  Too bad that they could not have squeezed in the Monster and the Bride from the store display, but you can’t get everything, I suppose.  The Dracula, however, makes up for the loss, probably being the best non-likeness retail rendition of the character in over a decade.   These cookie boxes are widely available at Walmart and Kroger stores, but not every place displays them in the beautiful Monster Fortress. Ah well, at least they have cookies.

Nabisco is also offering up another type of Halloween treat with another great package, this in the form of the Halloween Oreo.  Yes,  Halloween Oreos have been around for years (a testament to their bewitching lure), but it’s always good to fall back on an old favorite in these ever uncertain times.

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See you in two days with more Halloween fun!

Return of the Monsters: Killer Cereals’ Revenge

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The following does not constitute an endorsement of any product or retailer.   It is for information purposes only.

The original Monsters from the Mills… General Mills, that is… are all back: Count Chocula, Franken Berry, and Boo Berry.  However, this year, there is a bit of a twist on the terrifying trio.  2013’s Monster Cereals are all being offered in their original 1970s packaging!  That’s right!  Boxes modeled after the original designs are being sold exclusively at Target — and what’s more is that come filled with the cereals you love.  Granted, the recipe is different from the debut years, but the heart is still there.  And the amazing artwork is just as good as ever.

Vintage Monster Cereals: Chocula, FrankenBerry, Boo Berry

Also, in case you have not heard, this year is a very special year for the Monster Cereals, as this is the first time in over two decades that Chocula, Franken Berry, and Boo Berry are joined by their fruit-flavored brethren: Fruit Brute and Yummy Mummy!  Yes, indeed.  The forgotten cereal monsters are back.  And while the recipe is different, (It would have to be, as Fruit Brute and Yummy Mummy were originally the same cereal, marketed in different years.)  these special releases harken back to the good old days of Monster Mayhem, and provide plenty of reason to, one again, fill your breakfast bowls with tasty terror.

Fruit Brute and Yummy Mummy

The new Fruity Yummy Mummy is orange creme, while the new “Frute” Brute is cherry.  Both can be found at Target, while Walmart carries the dastardly duo in updated packaging.