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A Reimagining of VOLTRON is Coming to Netflix alongside more content from DreamWorks Animation...

Netflix #StreamTeamI was VOLTRON for Halloween once. It was either 1984 or '85 (probably '84), and a full costume wasn't then-available. I had the "role play" set, which included Voltron's signature "Blazing" Sword, along with a helmet that emulated the top of Voltron's head. My mom painted my face black and white to best match the character, and my dad made me a chestplate and armor - crafted from cardboard, and with details done in marker. Problem is, it rained that Halloween, and my armor was ruined. The marker ran into a blurry mess, and the costume became unwearable. Saddened, I switched into an alternate "robot" costume we had at home. Voltron was a big deal for me, and we had the robot lions, their drivers, even the Castle of Lions Playset, which is now very coveted. More than three decades since, I still dig Voltron, and here in my office stands a 1997 Trendmasters reproduction of the die-cast Matchbox Voltron from when I was a kid. My then-future wife bought it for me during our first year together. This week's announcement that DreamWorks Animation will be producing a "reimagining" of VOLTRON as a Netflix Original Series got me started on today's nostalgia trip, but it's just one piece of a bigger announcement that extended the partnership between DreamWorks & Netflix.

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31 Days of Halloween: PRODUCT OF HATE Toplines Napalm Records' Heavy Halloween Playlist with "Unholy Manipulator"

If you're looking for some heavy tunes to spin this Halloween, look no further than Napalm Records' Heavy Halloween Playlist - just launched on YouTube and ready for your streaming and viewing pleasure. Packed with 32 of the "most brutal, bloody and creepy" videos from the Napalm Records roster, you'll find new music and classic tracks from the likes of POWERWOLF, HUNTRESS, MEGAHERZ, ALESTORM, MOONSPELL, and a band that's very near and dear to me... PRODUCT OF HATE. Toplining the Heavy Halloween Playlist is "Unholy Manipulator" - a video that I directed and edited. Originally created as a combination music video/short film while the band was still independent, it stars HELLRAISER's Ashley Laurence as the title character in a not-for-kids slash-fest produced by Robert Kurtzman (FROM DUSK 'TIL DAWN, WISHMASTER) and featuring the production and FX skills of his Creature Corps. The video was reissued with new audio and some updates via Bloody-Disgusting, and the single just hit iTunes. "Unholy Manipulator" appears on PRODUCT OF HATE's debut album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE, out February 5, 2016 via Napalm Records. Happy Halloween!

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No Tricks, Cold Treats: Klondike Kandy Bars bring Variety to Halloween... and Beyond!

This post was sponsored by Klondike as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. THE ROCK FATHER received complimentary products to facilitate this story.

'Tis the season to be scary, and this is the weekend when most neighborhoods will be overrun with all manner of ghosts, ghouls, goblins, witches, warlocks and just about every pop culture character you can imagine - all having come to life and ready to walk the streets! They're looking for treats, of course, creeping up to each house with a simple threat question: Trick or Treat? Are they asking you for one or the other... or are they providing you with a warning that they will bring the "trick" if you don't bring the "treat?" No matter what the interpretation, it's an undeniable fact that with Klondike, there are no tricks - just delicious treats that make every gathering just a little bit better! Klondike offers 12 varieties of classic chocolatey coated and ice cream loaded stickless bars, which are available nationwide - meaning there's a treat for all the boils and ghouls!

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31 Days of Halloween: Carve a Pumpkin for THE GOOD DINOSAUR

Disney•Pixar's THE GOOD DINOSAUR is headed for theaters this Thanksgiving (get tickets via Fandango), but that hardly means that families need to wait another month to start having a little prehistoric fun. This Halloween, you can put Arlo the Apatosaurus on a pumpkin with a specially-designed stencil from my friends at Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. As part of my annual 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, we carved one ourselves - lighting it up with a green glo-stick perfect for capturing the vibe of the film's "Cave Painting" poster. This fun pumpkin pattern and an assortment of other free printables can be downloaded from this location. Check out our #GoodDino pumpkin below!

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31 Days of Halloween: CARE BEARS - MYSTERY IN CARE-A-LOT

It's a little bit of deja vu, but back in 2012 when CARE BEARS: WELCOME TO  CARE-A-LOT was still airing on the short-lived Hub Network, I featured the excellent "Sleuth of Bears" episode in my 31 Days of Halloween. Three years later, CARE BEARS lives on Netflix, and while the launch of the all-new CARE BEARS & COUSINS is some months off, the folks at Lionsgate have just released CARE BEARS: MYSTERY IN CARE-A-LOT as a three-episode, specially-priced DVD that puts "Sleuth of Bears" and other seasonally-appropriate episodes together in a nice little package. It's true, the Care Bears are still haunted by images of Bennefare, the "original SCARE BEAR" as seen in a long-running series of horror films that are big hits in Care-A-Lot.

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31 Days of Halloween: The ARMY OF DARKNESS Collector's Edition Blu-Ray

Just in time for the debut of ASH VS. EVIL DEAD on Starz this Halloween, the folks over at Shout! Factory have issued the ARMY OF DARKNESS Collector's Edition Blu-ray - a 3-disc set that includes all the different cuts of the 1992 cult classic. While all of the films in The EVIL DEAD Trilogy have been reissued numerous times over the years, this looks to be the most complete treatment that ARMY OF DARKNESS has ever received - thus earning it a spot in my annual 31 Days of Halloween.

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31 Days of Halloween: Jim Henson's PAJANIMALS - SPOOKY COSTUMES

We're keeping the preschool (and Sprout!) vibe going for two days in a row here on my annual 31 Days of Halloween with PAJANIMALS: SPOOKY COSTUMES, a new DVD from NCircle Entertainment. On this specially-priced DVD, Cowbella is nervous about trick or treating because she doesn’t like all the scary vampires and zombies she saw at a party.  A trip to Storybook Land reveals that those vampires and werewolves are just costumes that the big kids wear to have fun, just like her pretty princess costume!

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31 Days of Halloween: The Chica Show - Chica's Halloween Adventure

For the past six years, Sprout has been a fixture in our home. For a short time, prior to the channel's complete transition into a subsidiary of NBC Universal, I even did some writing for SproutOnline as a member of their "Kindness Crew" (posts lost due to their redesign, but rescued here & here). At the heart of Sprout is a little chicken named Chica, and she's been a big celebrity here in our house - big enough that I had a custom puppet replica made before Chica plush was officially available, and at one point I took Addie to meet Carly and Chica in-person. So what does this have to do with Halloween? This year, the folks at NCircle Entertainment have released THE CHICA SHOW: CHICA'S HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE on DVD, and that new release lands here in my annual 31 Days of Halloween countdown...

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31 Days of Halloween: Hot Wheels Monster Jam Zombie Halloween Edition!

It's no secret that we're big fans of Hot Wheels here at Rock Father HQ. We're also big fans of Feld Motorsports' MONSTER JAM, and the marriage of both with the 1:64-scale Hot Wheels Monster Jam vehicles by Mattel. Last year, Feld got into the seasonal spirit with a limited-edition Halloween Grave Digger release, one that I featured here on the site (it was later featured on Hot Wheels' official social networks) as part of my 31 Days of Halloween. Like all good  creepy things, the only way to keep it going is with a sequel, and for 2015 it's arrived in the form of a Hot Wheels Monster Jam Halloween Edition ZOMBIE Truck! Just like last year, up to 5,000 of these will be made, and that's it! Driver Sean Duhon's fan-favorite truck has been reissued in a Halloween paint-scheme and an accompanying package filled with pumpkin-y goodness. Here it is rockin' the road in front of our "graveyard" here at HQ...

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31 Days of Halloween: The Laurie Berkner Band - "The Itsy Bitsy Spider"

I do not like spiders. No matter what their place in the ecosystem, I do not like them, particularly in our house. Oddly enough, right now, this very second, there is a massive spider just outside the front door of Rock Father HQ - sleeping (I think, since she's dormant during the day), just waiting to emerge in her perfectly-spun web at night. This particular spider is MASSIVE, I think it's an Orb Weaver of some kind, but I've never seen one as big as this - probably because I've never allowed one to live this long. Thing is, this spider is just out of the way enough - and has been doing such a great job with the mosquitos and other flying critters (attracted by the porch light, I'd imagine) that I've let her continue her work... for now. Little does she know that eventually, I will "turn," and extinguish her fire... because that's what I do to eight-legged arachnid beasts. From the spider's perspective, the "monster" - the "boogeyman," if you will - is us, human beings. Heartwarming stories aside, it's totally appropriate for Halloween that we're talking spiders, and THE LAURIE BERKNER BAND lands here in my annual 31 Days of Halloween with "The Itsy Bitsy Spider," just-released on LAURIE BERKNER's FAVORITE CLASSIC KIDS' SONGS, available on Amazon or iTunes.

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