Monday, August 1, 2022

Halloween season is here!

By Hal O. Weeniscoming

Staff Halloween Spirit Writer


Monsters, ghouls and goblins were more than excited to get the Halloween season started last night, according to Witches Meadow sorceresses.


Bewitched witches opened Transylveinya’s Great Portals right at midnight at Spell Willows in Transylveinya’s Witches Meadow during The Witching Hour Fest-evil, the annual event that’s highlighted by spells and chants that take place between 12 and 1 a.m. every July 31st (technically Aug. 1) in order to open up the pathway between now and Oct. 31 from the monster universe to the human world.


“Haunters from our side were stomping, clawing and flying over each other to get to the other side and begin preparations for Halloween,” said Hagatha, one of the witches who helped organize the evening’s opening ceremonies. “These creeps were so eager to slip inside human closets, under their beds and into the shadows that many forgot their own purpose in life — or afterlife.” 


Gil men and women took speed boats. 


Mummies weren’t dragging their feet. 


The Great Pumpkin bypassed pretty much every sincere pumpkin patch. 


Evil vehicles veered around bikers and pedestrians. 


Gorgons, with locked focus on where they were headed, turned no one to stone. 


Vampires went without blood. 


Ghosts forgot to boo. 


Zombies skipped pushcart salesmonsters peddling brains. 


Deadly spiders got in no one’s hair.


Killer bees buzzed no one’s head.


Evil geniuses set aside current plans to take over the world.


Killer tomatoes rolled around obstacles.


Graboids grabbed nothing.


Skeleton can-can girls couldn’t-couldn’t dance, but ran.


Werewolves forgot to howl at the full moon.


Black cats took the path straight on.


Terminator machines forgot to say they’d be back.


And giant apes, oversized insects and humongous reptiles passed up perfectly good skyscrapers. 


“Yup, it’s unsafe to say that the monsters of Halloween are headed to the human world with a vengeance,” Hagatha said. “Humans, beware. Halloween season is here!”

Sunday, July 31, 2022

‘Halloweeniacs’ podcast will get you into the Halloween mood

By Hal O. Weeniscoming

Staff Halloween Spirit Writer


It’s the 31st! August 31st!


That means there’s a new “Halloweeniacs” podcast from the guys who do the Jack-o’-Lantern Press Podcast and the guys who do the Nightmare365 Podcast. It also means The Witching Hour is tonight. 

“Tom and I love to hang out with Matt and Greg from Nightmare365.com every 31st of every month that has a 31st and talk Halloween,” said JacoLanternPress.com’s Michael Picarella. “This was the first show we did together on the eve of The Witching Hour. Well, I take that back. Greg wasn’t there with us when we recorded this episode. He was still pretty beat from his visit yesterday as Sam from “Trick ‘r Treat” at the grand opening of this year’s Spirit Halloween flagship store in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. He was sharing the Halloween spirit and having a playdate with those he could converse with best.”


Nevertheless, in this podcast episode of "Halloweeniacs" (click here for episode 99), Mike, Tom and Matt talk about the official beginning of the Halloween season that will take place tonight, and what they’ve done, what they do, and what they will do to properly get into the mood for All Hallows’ Eve. 

Join them in the discussion. We promise there will be plenty of pain and agony — essentially a great time! 

And let the guys know what you think are the best ways to get into the spirit. Email the podcast here or call the show’s Pumpkin Hotline at 323-762-0276. 

And now, what are you waiting for? It’s Halloween time!

Monday, July 11, 2022

JLP Podcast takes a spin in some haunted vehicles


By Tulayne Blaktop Staff Roads Writer

Choose the haunted vehicle of your choice, climb inside and hold on tight. You’ve got the pink slip. The vehicle’s got you

The Jack-o’-Lantern Press Podcast celebrates this Monster Monday with episode 98 right here about the haunted vehicle.

“During the show,” said podcast co-host Michael Picarella in a recent interview with JLP, “my brother Tom and I take a look at a list of scary cars from BloodyDisgusting.com, and you can play along with us as we decide if he and I agree with this list or if the list is seriously missing some key scary vehicles.”

Here’s the BloodyDisgusting.com article.

Join Mike and Tom on the podcast as they board Doombuggies and explore and test drive some of the coolest haunted vehicles to hit the road and beyond.


Oh, and if you’re into Doombuggies, check out this brief history of the ride vehicles right here on Doombuggies.com.

Before Mike gets into his history, Tom brings up a Haunted Mansion coffee mug he’s drinking from, though, in the show, it almost sounds like he’s drinking from an “Alice in Wonderland” Mad Hatter cup. Here’s what he’s really talking about:


As for history, Mike covers vehicles that receive their curses mysteriously…

Then there are those, he says, where extraterrestrial forces provide the terror…

He also shares how some vehicles just make drivers go mad, as seen in this classic Goofy cartoon you watch here on YouTube called “Motor Mania”... 

And let’s not forget about vehicles that are from another dimension…  


Mike goes into a more thorough history of the haunted vehicle as he shares how the one in R.L. Stine’s book “The Haunted Car” came to be. Check out “The Haunted Car” here and also the “Goosebumps Monster Survival Guide” that Mike reads from in this part of the show.

Tom talks about strengths and weaknesses of various haunted vehicles, and he covers the surface on those vehicles where the horror is engineered, which he pulls from the following books by author and roboticist Daniel H. Wilson:

- “How to Survive a Robot Uprising

- “How to Build a Robot Army

- “Where’s My Jetpack

There’s a list of types of haunted vehicles Tom gives during the podcast that could probably use some more exploration. He combined various lists for his list, which causes a bit of confusion in the show and forces an intermission — it’s reason for some intermission music, anyway. Here’s a link to a page that has a lot of that information that Tom shares.

Oh, and for that history of James Dean's Porsche 550 Spyder that Tom mentions, check out this article about it.

Mike lists more movies, TV shows and books than he normally does on these Monster Mondays. Here are the movies he mentions (with links to where you can stream them), some suggested by sponsor CJ Brezensky from the “Found This” YouTube channel:

- “Duel” (1971)

- “The Car” (1977)

- “Christine” (1983)

- “The Hearse” (1980)

- “Crash” (1976)

- “The Wraith” (1986)

- “Wheels of Terror” (1990)

- “Rubber” (2010)

- “Killdozer” (1974)

- “Maximum Overdrive” (1986)

- “The Car: Road to Revenge” (2019)

- “Goosebumps” (2015)

Here are the books Mike mentions:

- “18 Wheels of Horror

- “18 Wheels of Science Fiction

And here’s some TV content Mike rattles off:

- Goofy in “Motor Mania” (1950)

- “Catching Cold” from “R.L. Stine’s Haunting Hour” (2011)

- “Groovie Goolies” (1970)

- “Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King” (2008)

BONUS CONTENT: Mike forgot to bring up a haunted vehicle from a cartoon worth mentioning. Back in 1968, Hanna-Barbera created the cartoon "Wacky Races," totally worth digging up. Each cartoon was a race between 11 race-car teams, including the Gruesome Twosome in the Creepy Coupe.


You can find out more about the Coupe in this article about all 11 vehicles in the show. And you can also purchase some cool Creepy Coupe merch — the car here or a coffee mug here or cool shirt here.

But back to the podcast: Mike also talks about where in Transylveinya listeners are most likely gonna find haunted vehicles. Listen to what he says, then find out how to get to those locales by first purchasing “Transylveinya Traveler” from JackoLanternPress.com or Amazon.


Here's that BloodyDisgusting.com article again for when exploring the most famous cars in horror. Do you agree with the article’s top 13? Do you agree with Mike and Tom’s picks?

To end the show, Mike and Tom share a few cool “haunted vehicle” items you can buy. There’s “The Car” toy car here.


Here’s Vintage Spooky Company’s Spook Bus.


And here’s the Ghostbuster’s Lego kit Tom talks about.


Overall, this is a longer Monster Mondays episode than usual, but, like the haunted vehicles Mike and Tom talk about, it keeps on moving.

Sponsors of this show include CJ Brezensky’s YouTube channel Found This” right here and, of course, Nightmare365.com.

To add to the conversation, go to the Monster Revolution Facebook group page and tell us what you think. Don’t be shy. The monster revolution is upon us! In fact, that vehicle you’re sitting in should get you there in no time, so step on it.