Halloween Countdown 2013. It Begins.


Every year I countdown the days to Halloween by posting each weekday in October. In previous years, I’ve stuck to reviewing the latest and greatest in Halloween novelties. I’m going to do the same thing this year, but I’m going to shake things up a bit by also focusing on our daily living. Fall isn’t just a season, and October isn’t just a month, and Halloween isn’t just a day. All of it, combined, is a way of living—a lifestyle. I want to spend the next four weeks documenting that. Basically, this blog is going to become my personal Halloween diary.

I might as well begin a few days early.

I’ve been in Halloween beast mode for at least the last two weeks, and it began when I bought seven boxes of Monster Cereal. Oh and believe me, I was being conservative in purchasing only seven boxes. The Monster Cereals are the classic trio comprised of FrankenBerry, BooBerry, and Count Chocula that come out each fall. But this year also marks the return of the original quintet, lost members Frute Brute and Yummy Mummy. And not only that, but Target is carrying an exclusive run of boxes with the retro-artwork. Initially, I imagined myself buying something like twenty boxes—some for saving forever, some for eating, and some for being completely insane.

Somehow I reeled it in and decided I didn’t need to hoard cereal boxes in the basement. And even though the wife and I are always pretending that we’re going start some healthy protein-shake breakfast plan, we’ve obviously derailed that one for another month, tearing through the Monster Cereals at an alarming rate.

It’s only September 25th. We’re on box four.

FrankenBerry, BooBerry, and Count Chocula are as good to me as they’ve always been. Frute Brute and Yummy Mummy are the revelations here. Having never had them, I was more excited at first about trying Yummy Mummy. It is after all, ORANGE CREAM FLAVORED cereal. And trust me, the glowing neon orange color of this stuff does not disappoint. The verdict: it’s good stuff. But people, Frute Brute is life-changing.


I love this stuff. It’s cherry-flavored—a strong, candied cherry flavor. It’s my favorite out of all them. It reminds me vaguely of the long-lost Nintendo cereal, which was a candied berry flavor. I don’t think I can bear the thought of it being a one-time-only return in 2013. I may just have to hoard those cereal boxes or else.

It should also be noted that Frute Brute was originally spelled properly with the word “fruit,” but they likely made the change so that today’s idiotic kids (or their parents) would not mistake this for having any actual fruit. Rest assure everyone, it’s filled with corn syrup and red dye and ADHD—the very definition of the word “frute.”

In other news, M&Ms came out with a new seasonal-flavor this year, Pumpkin Spice.


I don’t have a picture of them to show you, so here is the empty candy dish that once held them instead. They’re not anywhere near as amazing as they sound, but like all M&Ms, they’re subtly addictive. They get inside your head where you have a small handful and then can’t stop thinking about them until they’re all gone. They don’t taste as much like pumpkin though. They lean more toward the “spice” aspect. It’s a warm, holiday-feeling taste.

I also found out yesterday that McDonald’s has a new sweet potato pie for the fall.


I ran out to get them last night and they are delicious. They sort of taste like the pumpkin pies, and I’m not even entirely certain I didn’t get the pumpkin ones by mistake. I’ll have to try them again later in the season, purely for scientific reasons. I know what you’re thinking and it’s true. I have nothing that’s non-edible to live for anymore. Well, except for McDonald’s unconditional love. It says it right there on the box, “baked with love.”

The October lifestyle is about eating all of the pumpkin-flavored bullshits and life is good. So join me throughout the next month, where I’ll be posting every weekday, documenting everything from candy to dog costumes to football snacks to haunted houses.


13 responses to “Halloween Countdown 2013. It Begins.

  1. Each time I walk in a Target, it’s a emotional roller coaster. I have yet to find the elusive retro boxes (elusive to me at least) or any of the monster cereals really, but I will keep trying.

    • I know how you feel. Something is going on this year at Target where they are ridiculously slow at getting their Halloween changeover up. I went about four times and each time it was that emotional rollercoaster. When I finally found the retro boxes, I didn’t even have an emotional reaction. I just coldly picked them off the shelf. The wife was like, “aren’t you happy you finally found them?” but I think it was because I was spent by that time.

  2. Love this post. I also love the use of the word “bullshits” (plural).

  3. YES! This is a real triumph.
    I’ve been looking forward to the countdown and now you’re starting it early. That is the best news of the week, by far. Right on.

  4. I’ve never been so excited for a blog ever. Halloween is already my favorite holiday, and your posts make me get even more excited. I will need to hunt down some of this Frute Brute asap.

  5. I just started actually caring about my weight again, so I’m looking forward to your posts, which will enable me to live vicariously through you.

  6. ” I have nothing that’s non-edible to live for anymore.”

    Me and you both. *raising my fist to you in solidarity*

    I bought a retro box of all five Monster cereals. So far this year, I’ve only eaten Boo Berry and Count Chocula. I’m excited to try the prodigal sons, but I’m saving them for last.

    I agree with you on the Pumpkin Spice M&Ms…they’re good, but not great. And there’s definitely a lot more “spice” than “pumpkin.”

    McDonald’s sweet potato pie is pretty good, too. I don’t know that I’ve ever had their pumpkin pie, but I think pumpkin and sweet potato taste similar. I’ve always thought sweet potato was more of a southern thing, while pumpkin was more of a northern thing.

  7. Finally! I’m always looking forward to your Halloween Countdown :)

  8. I didn’t even know that there were Frute Brute and Yummy Mummy cereals but I will be trying them this year! I always buy Frankenberry and it’s delicious!

  9. Pumpkin Spice M&M’s are nasty. Last year there were Pumpkin Spice Hershey’s Kisses which were also nasty. My wife and I have now sworn off pumpkin spice flavored chocolate candy for life.

    Candy Corn M&M’s, however, are divine.

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  11. Isn’t October the best? Glad you agree. And I even celebrate a birthday in the glorious month. Imagine!

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