Booooooo!!! (and not boo as in the ghostly good kind) Halloween is over. Christmas is coming. And like most of you, I am having Halloween withdrawals. So, what to do?? Well, watch an old parody song clip from the Son Of Svengoolie TV show of course!
Now, before I get into the clip – if you don’t know who or what the Son Of Svengoolie is, it was a horror-themed variety TV show that was based in the Chicago area with the character being played by Rich Koz. Originally started in the early 70’s under the name Svengoolie (played then by Jerry G. Bishop), Son Of Svengoolie was a HUGE part of my childhood. Fun fact: The show is still currently on with new episodes (as Svengoolie again) on MeTV!
But anyway – I was scrolling around Youtube and found this old clip from the 80’s show parodying trick-or-treating with the aptly titled song ‘Trick Or Treat Blues’. So enjoy the campy 80’s Son Of Svengoolie vibe and don’t fret…..Halloween will be here again before we know it!
Ahhhh – The 80’s. A glorious time when if you were on the fence about seeing a horror movie, luckily you had TV spots like the one below to sway you into plunking down your hard-earned money. Did you ever see the 1986 movie Critters or maybe you haven’t and still want to? This will steer you in the right direction! And it’s not phony. At all!
Now, to be fair – I actually like Critters. But I don’t necessarily know if it’s a “scream through the whole thing” kind of horror movie. It is true that they love to party too though! But anyway, TV spots like this were the norm back then – and not just for horror movies. Looking back at them now, it’s a nice slice of nostalgia and things like this always take me back to a simpler time in the horror world. Kudos to whoever uploads this content btw, because I love having my ‘memory lane’ horror brain jarred from time to time.
Here’s a tip for you youngsters: When you get older, you’re going to start getting a complex and will reminisce a lot more about the good ol’ days. Don’t fear it. Just embrace it. And since I’m 40 now, I do a lot of that reminiscing. So I’m sitting here on a lazy Sunday and just remembered that I used to have a pen when I was little that had fake blood in it that apparently was supposed to be a vampire bat. And those pens were called Blood Suckers! Here’s a terrible quality commercial from Youtube:
I’m pretty sure I terrorized kids at school with these and might have even gotten yelled at by a teacher or two. And it didn’t help that they were Rated PG: Pretty Gross! Haha – that cracks me up. But anyway, I’m now on a search for one of these because I love to collect things from my childhood and try and forget that I’m officially over the hill. It’s those little things that can make a difference. So if anyone gets a tip on where to grab one of these Blood Suckers for a decent price (I scour eBay on the regular), then hit me up. Until then, I’ll keep reminiscing and think back to a simpler time when I was a 7-year-old boy frightening little kids at school with my pretty gross vampire bat pen.