Monday, October 06 2014 00:01

31 Days of Halloween: Tombstones, Monsters and #Treats4All this Fall...

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"Which house will have the best #Treats4All this year?" Well, Rock Father HQ is looking pretty good right about now. In fact, it's become sort of a tradition here to break out the treats just for our family for a little pre-Halloween cheer, and that was the case this weekend as we got our Fall and Halloween decor going up in full-effect. I'm always playing with new ideas, and as much as I'd love to do "scary," we tend to end up leaning "cute" to welcome Trick or Treaters to our home each October. Come that glorious day (which is actually taking place on October 26 in our party-pooping town), all the little ghosts and ghouls will get a chance to score some good candy like Butterfinger, Nestle Crunch and Baby Ruth.


What house will have some of the best #Treats4All this #Halloween? Rock Father HQ is looking pretty good... #Butterfinger #NestleCrunch #BabyRuth #Pumpkins #FallFun #trickOrTreat #CollectiveBias #shop #Nestle

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Walmart run...On one of our frequent Walmart runs, the little ones and I picked up a couple of the Nestle variety bags that had been pulling me in with their irresistible Halloween goodness (why was I not aware that Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups exist?), beckoning me to make them the official "sometimes treat" (candy in moderation) of Halloween.

And, also in keeping with our decoration tradition, we needed "The Official Pizza of Halloween" to fuel our adventures, so a couple of Tombstones made their way into the cart.

But what's Halloween without some monsters?


I started thinking about creating an "edible centerpiece" of sorts - something to break the rules of "don't play with your food." Monsters? How about MONSTER TRUCKS! Indeed, I crafted an edible Monster Mash - a Monster Truck Rally where everything but the trucks were edible. Brown sugar for "dirt," with Nestle Crunch used in place of cars for the "crushing," packaged candies as sort of the "sponsor wall" if you will, and a tube of cake icing gel to make the "bloody" inscription. Cool to look at, and a sweet treat to eat.

 So what do you want on your Tombstone?


When I posted about our pizza tradition last year, the fact that I did "Pentagram Pizza" was a big hit - so whether you're into SLAYER or Witchcraft, you can represent (or just be silly like we are) with a five-pointed star carved into your pie for horrific results. But this year I also did a "Monster Pizza," a sort of Jack-O-Lantern face with fangs, but one that doubled as "Vampire Stake Pizza."


A little garlic and cut the right way, #Vampire Stake #Pizza. #Tombstone #CollectiveBias #shop

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Yes, cut it into the right shape, sprinkle it with a little garlic, and you're a bonafide demon hunter... or you can at least pretend to be.

Want to find more ideas - perhaps an idea so good, it's scary? Check out Flavorful Moments or walmart.com/nestle!

Getting ready for #Halloween at Rock Father HQ. #Treats4All #CollectiveBias #shop #Nestle

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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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