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Halloween

Halloween Donut Party

Throughout the 1950s, the donut industry tried hard to make Donut Parties a Halloween tradition. Their PR men also claimed that donuts could help make Halloween "more nutritious."

San Bernardino County Sun - Oct 30, 1957



San Bernardino County Sun - Oct 30, 1957



Oct 23, 1955 - “Dos & Don’ts for Halloween Donut Party”



The Salem News - Oct 17, 1955

Posted By: Alex - Thu Oct 31, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Food, Junk Food, Nutrition, Halloween

Weird News Costumes

With Oct 31 almost upon us, I was trying to find examples of people who dress up for Halloween as characters from weird news stories. So far, I've found two.

The first is the Swiss Cheese Pervert. You may recall he was that guy who would drive around Philadelphia propositioning women while holding and fondling a piece of swiss cheese. He was arrested in 2014. Chuck mentioned him once in a column.

The Swiss Cheese Pervert



Swiss Cheese Pervert Costume (via uproxx.com)



The second is the "Monkey Jesus" painting — the name given to an amateur art restorer's attempt in 2012 to "fix" a 1930 fresco of Jesus.



via Yahoo! News

Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 30, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Halloween

The Weeny Witch

From the 1940s to the 1970s, the makers of "Skinless" wieners tried hard, through relentless advertising, to establish "Weeny Witch" parties as a Halloween tradition. Basically, these were parties that completely centered around hot dogs. A "Weeny Witch" (a hot dog dressed up as a witch) would serve as a table centerpiece.

To make the Weeny Witch party more festive the company distributed a pamphlet with party suggestions, which included "Bobbing for Franks" as well as "Feeding the Weeny Witch." The latter involved creating a cardboard cutout of a witch's head. Blindfolded kids would then try to stick their weeny in the witch's mouth.

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Albuquerque Journal - Oct 23, 1949


Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 31, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Food, Junk Food, Halloween

Deceased Gentleman Mistaken for Halloween Decor

Here's a case of tragic timing that has been making the news rounds

It's actually a bit of sad situation. Neighbors thought the body was a decoration for Halloween, and it sat on the balcony for several days.

You can read about it from AOL News, LA Times and a few other sources. LA Times piece has a photo of the building.

Posted By: dherlich - Sat Oct 17, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Death, Injuries, Halloween

Happy Halloween!

What's weird about this cartoon?

Answer after the jump!






More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 31, 2008 - Comments (10)
Category: Paranormal, Cartoons, 1950s, Halloween





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