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31 Days of Halloween - MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: Spooktacular Pony Tales

In Equestria, they say that everypony loves Halloween. The same holds true at Rock Father HQ, where we not only love Halloween, but have a couple of certified MLP fans on our hands, eager to follow the adventures of the Mane Six wherever they may roam. In MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: SPOOKTACULAR PONY TALES (out now from Shout! Factory Kids) Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack and Pinkie Pie (Spike, too!) battle the forces of darkness (well, maybe not exactly) in six seasonally delightful episodes that go perfect with a crisp Fall breeze and some pumpkin-spiced sweets, landing firmly in 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER.

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Report: Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare brings Cinematic Frights to Chicagoland...

Halloween 2014After playing host to numerous haunted attractions during every Halloween season for the past couple of decades, the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, Illinois has been given a cinematic overhaul for 2014 as the new location of Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare. After making it's debut in California last year, 2014 finds the Great American Nightmare (GAN) taking on two cities, with Scottsdale, Arizona joining Chicagoland for the newly-annual celebration of macabre entertainment with a rock and roll flair. THE ROCK FATHER was invited to check out the opening night festivities - complete with a full-blown Rob Zombie concert at the Odeum, and a trip through all three haunted houses, each based on one of Zombie's feature films: HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, THE LORDS OF SALEM and THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO. Here's some thoughts...

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Toyography: The Hot Wheels Scooby-Doo '70 Chevelle Delivery

I've really been getting into the art of "Toyography" lately - a love of toys and photography coming together for fun results. Many of my photos involve toy vehicles, and they're usually posted on Instagram and Facebook for immediate viewing. It's no secret that we have a big love of Mattel's Hot Wheels line here at Rock Father HQ, and one recent photo I snapped even snagged the attention of the Hot Wheels team themselves, getting reposted on all of their official social networks. Since people seem to enjoy viewing these just as much as I enjoy taking them, I think it's only proper to share them here on THE ROCK FATHER on occasion, and today I'm starting with this - The Hot Wheels Pop Culture Series Hanna-Barbera Scooby-Doo '70 Chevelle Delivery. This photo was taken this morning, with the full Mystery Inc. Gang present to stand guard...

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#OrangeTuesday Arrives: The 2014 Halloween Season is Here!

THE ROCK FATHER is a paid 2014 BuyCostumes Halloween Brand Ambassador

And like that, Labor Day is finally behind us and #OrangeTuesday has arrived! What is Orange Tuesday, you ask? It's the new Black Friday - the official start to the Halloween Season, and that day is today. It's true, I'm an unapologetic fan of Fall and Halloween (I was an October baby), and my little ones are turning out to be as well (that picture up top is Addie at just 14 months back in 2010). In fact, as far as I'm concerned, Halloween is the #1 Holiday of the year with Christmas it's only A-list partner (my wife said I couldn't mark the boxes with Easter & Valentine's stuff as "B-List Holiday Decor"). 2014 is particularly special, as the folks at BuyCostumes have invited me to join their crew for the next ten weeks - bringing you more frightfully-good seasonal content than ever before, with spook-tacular goodies from BuyCostumes peppered on top of my already fang-tastic treats for the year. Yeah, I'm a bit punny - but it's Orange Tuesday, so let's celebrate with a jump on the Halloween Shopping Season. Are you ready?

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The Hot Wheels Monster Jam Halloween Grave Digger is Coming!

Halloween 2014Yes, it's still technically summer, but as you may have heard me mention a time or two in the past, when it comes to Fall and/or Halloween, you can never be too early in talking about it - only too late.  With just a hair over two months until the big day, the Halloween news has begun flowing, and tonight I've got details on a cool little item from the Mattel Hot Wheels Monster Jam collection. For the first time ever, there is a Halloween Edition 1:64-scale diecast version of Grave Digger being offered, but it's exclusively available through Feld Motorsports' official Monster Jam Superstore. Check it out below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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General Mills Monster Cereals are Emerging from the Crypt for 2014... DC Comics Style

Since at least 2008, I've been writing about the General Mills Monster Cereals every Fall, and since 2011 or so, I've done so right here on THE ROCK FATHER. Last year, General Mills finally caved in and took my advice, not only issuing COUNT CHOCULA, FRANKEN BERRY and BOO BERRY in Retro boxes exclusive to TARGET stores (I have a set of empty boxes here in my office), but they also brought FRUTE BRUTE and YUMMY MUMMY back from the dead. For 2014, the news comes a bit earlier than usual (this post's been on my "to-do list" since last week), but the General Mills Monsters are back - bringing back the core trio, but sadly the Mummy and the Brute are staying in the Crypt again this year. This year's exciting news is that General Mills has finally dumped the embarrassing CGI depictions of the characters that have been featured on the mass-market boxes for a few years, instead bringing forth new versions crafted by the skilled team at DC Comics. Let's take a look...

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TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: Costumes for Kids and Grownups Alike! #TMNTweek

Here's a little food for thought: Halloween is less than three months away. In fact, September 2 is "Orange Tuesday," which is the kick-off to Halloween (think of it as a spookier Black Friday), and if your family is thinking of getting in on the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES action, now is the time to do it. Regardless of Halloween coming soon, I'm always preaching the Gospel of dress-up and imaginative play, and with a few weeks left before Back-to-School, there's plenty of time to let the imagination run wild, and when it comes to TMNT, my friends at BuyCostumes.com are getting all the new styles in - not only for kids, but for grownups, too! They've even got styles from both the Nickelodeon animated series and the new Paramount Pictures live-action film. Personally, I could see both of my offspring running around fighting evildoers in those girls TMNT tutu sets they're selling. Preview some of the new styles below...

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Halloween 2014: ROB ZOMBIE Brings His GREAT AMERICAN NIGHTMARE to Chicago...

Oh yes... the Halloween Season here in Chicagoland just got a whole lot more rockin', as ROB ZOMBIE'S GREAT AMERICAN NIGHTMARE has announced the addition of a second location for 2014, taking place on select nights from September 26-November 1 at the Odeum Expo in Villa Park, IL. Better yet? ROB ZOMBIE will perform a special, one-night-only concert on opening night, September 26.

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PBS Digital Studios Announces First Scripted Series, FRANKENSTEIN M.D.

Is it too early to start thinking about Halloween? The correct answer to that is it's NEVER too early to be thinking about Halloween, and that's exactly what I'm thinking of now, as the folks at PBS Digital Studios in collaboration with Pemberley Digital have announced that they're putting a modern spin on the classic novel FRANKENSTEIN with their first scripted series, FRANKENSTEIN M.D. Three episodes will premiere on the PBS Digital Studios YouTube channel Tuesday, August 19, with the full run set to feature 24 episodes, each between five to eight minutes. New episodes will roll out weekly on Tuesday and Friday for 10 weeks, culminating in a dramatic Halloween finale on Friday, October 31.

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FROZEN: Anna and Elsa - Arendelle In Summer (A Dress-Up Play Adventure)

There've been several running themes that I've revisited on occasion here on THE ROCK FATHER over the past few years, and one of the biggest is the importance of imaginative play. Especially right now, in the summer months - when so many would just surrender the little ones to a tablet or smartphone - it's important to get the kids outside and let their imaginations run wild. Playing dress-up is a classic tradition that works indoors and out no matter what the season, but when the weather is good, we need to take advantage of it. Actually, I posted about this very subject exactly one year ago, and now that Little Finn is mobile and can join big sister Addie in the action, we've been revisiting a favorite locale... but under a new theme. Two little girls... two young sisters... completely enamored with Walt Disney Animation Studios' FROZEN. I present to you, Anna and Elsa: Arendelle In Summer, featuring Adalyn as Elsa, and Finley in her new Deluxe Anna costume, graciously provided by my friends at BuyCostumes.com.

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