Halloween Countdown 2017: Tales from the Darkside–“A Case of the Stubborns”!

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THIS is the episode that made me a fan of Tales... a brilliant, funny, gross and star-studded episode called “A Case of the Stubborns”! I can remember when this debuted—my parents were out to dinner and I was alone in the house with this horrible/amazing show and for some reason I couldn’t wait to tell them about it when they got back!
First, the synopsis: Jodie (played by a darling teen Christian Slater) and his mom are eating breakfast, getting ready for the viewing and funeral of  the very recently-deceased Titus Tolliver, the patriarch of their family. He is Jodie’s grandpa and it looks like the father of his mom(I think I remember her calling him “Daddy” once or twice?). All of a sudden, who should come clomping downstairs and bellering but Titus himself!

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Halloween Countdown 2017: A Boatload o’ Target Pics!

 

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You can “BOOP”!

Friends, I go to one of two Targets in my area EVERY day. No, I’m not driving there on a special trip; it’s simply that my daily morning errands always end right at a Target. So,I’m able to really keep up with what’s shakin’ in their Halloween department, or “Booporium”, this year.

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Halloween Countdown 2017: Boys’ Life Space Costume Fun!

Today I went by my favorite local flea market, which I haven’t patronized in a while due to my curbing my flea marketing activities. I was hoping to justify the trip by getting some good pics of their usual Halloween vintage goodness, but there wasn’t much out. However, that was all rectified with my discovery of some Boys’ Life magazines. After picking up several and thumbing through them, I was thoroughly convinced I would have loved being a Boy Scout, had I been a boy, of course. There was a lot more fun-looking stuff in those magazines than I’ve seen in magazines with a focus on young girls from back then. Except all the hunting stuff. No way, dude.
Anyway, inside one issue that  said something about  “space toys and hobbies” on the cover, there was an article on homemade costumes. I didn’t get a pic of the actual article or cover so I do not remember the year or month. But look at these gems:

Boys Life Spaceman

I think this kid has on his scouting cap, but has painted his face green and possibly his hands too. I don’t know what the space playset is even after a fairly thorough Google search, so I’m gonna ask some of my
vintage toy buff friends such as Plaid Stallions for  help.

Love the bare feet.

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Kiddo is playing, in his scouting uniform, with R2-D2 and an X-Wing!!!

 

Boys Life Spaceman 2

Oh god…kid in uniform again, playing in the sand (didn’t the kids have to keep these uniforms clean and pressed?) with a strange alien parrot mask and ray gun!!

 

Boys Life Vader with Godzilla

I have saved the best for last. Boy Scout Vader Gets Beat Up By Godzilla.

 

(The Shogun Warriors Godzilla, to be exact. Oh, how I wanted this thing.)

 

Thanks for looking at old space fun playtime pics!

 

Christmas Stockings Past and Present.

I thought i would share(this is gonna go LONG, folks, so strap in) some great images and thoughts on items I used to receive in my Christmas stocking as a kid and teen in the 70s and then 80s. Then I’ll go into my still favorite things for stocking fun, because for me, Christmas stockings have been probably the most fun and full of surprises in my 45 holiday seasons.

First, items I used to find in my stocking. When I was very small, my stocking was too, and had an applique’d Santa on the front. I still have it; wish it was handy so I could take a pic.

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