Today was the first time this season that I had to put on a hoodie before walking out to my car this morning. Hoodie weather means that it is officially Fall, so I feel it's only appropriate that I also officially kick off my Halloween Countdown. This doesn't mean the blog's going to be overrun by spooky scary just yet, but you can definitely expect the ocassional ghoulish update.
It seems like most of the local retailers are finally starting to get around to setting their holiday aisles and end-caps. There's no signs of summer, not a trace of beach blankets or bathing suits, all replaced by pumpkins and owls and the loveliest shades of orange. This includes the store that I work at, thankfully, which means breaks spent wandering the seasonal department in search of goodies.
Today's find just so happened to be this guy above. Frankenstein's Monster in Blue isn't just some tacky decoration or trick-or-treat bucket for the kids. Though, once you're finished with the sweet contents of his skull, he can certainly double as one or the other. Yup, that's right, there's candy inside that corpse's cranium. Probably one of my favorites, too.
I never took up smoking when I was a not-so-rebellious teen. My "oral fixation" centered on Dum-Dums and Charms Blow Pops. Even nowadays when I take a trip to the bank, I'll always fish through the dish of lollipops for something sweet. I am a sucker for suckers. And I'm not quite sure when it is that I first stumbled across the Chupa Chups brand, but I should have written it down, because it was a most glorious day indeed.
Ten bucks bought me a 100-count of various flavors, from watermelon to cola to orange creamsicle, but the real reason I spent that cold, hard cash was the ridiculous container they came in. There were three colors of Frankie's Monster to choose from; the blue I went with, a very traditional green, and a purple one. I'm looking at pics of the purple piece now online and realizing I made have made a terrible mistake.
No, I take that back. There's no way this purchase was anything other than absolutely brilliant.