Hanna-Barbera Cartoons & Costumes

Can you imagine being a kid 100 years ago, when there were no cartoons? Even as an adult, I love watching them. I have kids now, and it’s so much fun to watch the same silly cartoons I watched, and hear their laughter.

Jonny Quest & Hong Kong Phooey

Unlike today, when kids can watch cartoons 24/7, I had to wait until Saturday morning to get my animated fill. I even set my alarm so I wouldn’t miss them. The biggest cartoon studio was Hanna-Barbera, who had a string of hits in the 60s and 70s, with titles like Josie and the Pussycats (I loved Melody and her goofy giggle. I think she was my first crush.) and Jonny Quest, which had a suspenseful “James Bond” edge that no other (at that time) cartoon had. Hong Kong Phooey, Speed Buggy and Jabberjaw were just plain weird. A crime fighting karate dog (voiced by Scatman Crothers), stuttering cars and talking sharks put a smile on my face just thinking about them. And I haven’t even gotten to their most popular cartoons!

Yogi Bear Cartoon
Yogi Bear
Who doesn’t love Yogi, Boo Boo, Ranger Smith and Cindy Bear? Yogi and Boo Boo steal the show (no pun intended). Their escapades through Jellystone Park were always fun to watch. Almost makes you want to pack a pic-a-nic basket and head for the woods. Well, almost. This was one of Hanna-Barbera’s first cartoon hits. Yogi was originally a character on The Huckleberry Hound Show, but became so popular that he got his own show. It only ran for two years in 1961-1962, but that is all it took for this clever bear to cement his name in the cartoon world. Fun fact: Yogi Bear was modeled after Art Carney’s Ed Norton character on The Honeymooners.

The Jetsons Cartoon Title
The Jetsons
This cartoon originally aired on Sunday nights in 1962 and 1963, before moving to Saturday mornings for years of re-runs. Set in the year 2062, The Jetsons follows George Jetson and his space-age family (His boy Elroy. Daughter Judy. Jane his wife.) And don’t forget Astro the dog, whose speech patterns may have been an inspiration for Scooby Doo’s. Other characters frequently seen are Rosie their robot maid and Mr. Spacely, George’s bad-tempered boss (voiced by the famous Mel Blanc.) I enjoyed watching the intro for this cartoon more than the show itself. A lost art, these jingles were great. If I say “Meet George Jetson,” can you say it without singing it?

The Flinstones
The Flintstones
Like The Jetsons, The Flintstones was also a prime time cartoon, until its years of syndication (which continue today.) In fact, The Flintstones was the first prime time TV cartoon. It aired on ABC from 1960 to 1966. Like The Jetsons, The Flintstones were styled after the popular Honeymooners TV show. Set in the town of Bedrock, a caveman world blended with futuristic inventions (a camera whose insides are a bird etching the picture on a stone tablet, or a woolly mammoth being used as a vacuum cleaner.) Its main characters were Fred Flintstone, his wife Wilma, his best buddy Barney Rubble and Barney’s wife Betty. Fred and Wilma had Pebbles, a baby girl, during the show, and Barney and Betty adopted a son, Bamm-Bamm. And we can’t forget Dino, Fred’s pet dinosaur. Many famous celebrities allowed their likenesses and voices in the series, including Gary Granite (Cary Grant), Rock Quarry/Hudstone (Rock Hudson), Alvin Brickrock (Alfred Hitchcock), Leonard Bernstone (Leonard Bernstein), Clark Gravel (Clark Gable), Walter Concrete (Walter Cronkite) and Jay Bondrock (James Bond). The first two years, the show was co-sponsored by Winston Cigarettes. Fred and Wilma appeared in several black and white television commercials (appearing at the end of the episode) pitching the cigarettes as they smoked. Naughty, naughty! Can you image Homer and Marge doing that?

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine
Scooby Doo
A combination of great characters (Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma), cool music and fun storylines made Scooby Doo an instant hit with kids and adults. First shown on CBS in 1969, over 250 episodes and movies have been made since, and continue even now. Through the years, voices and animation styles have changed. The recent films are long removed from the original storylines. I would love to see a movie done more true to the original Scooby Doo, Where Are You? series. The show also added and subtracted new characters like Scooby-Dum and Scrappy Doo (both of which were annoying to me.) I believe when people think fondly of the show, they think of the first 49 episodes, which ran between 1969 and 1973. The mysteries were a little darker and funnier (I know there is not such a word.). Scooby and Shaggy stole the show, and any food they could find along the way. Their interactions were priceless. Somehow these two chickens were always in the middle of solving the mysteries that constantly found the gang. Words and phrases like zoinks, jinkies, I smell a mystery and I’ve lost my glasses, all make us smile and think fondly about this cartoon. Interesting fact about this program; two of the voice actors have continued their roles throughout the series and all its changes. Frank Welker has been the constant voice of Fred Jones, except for the films (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) and the A Pup Named Scooby-Doo series. That’s 40 years of Freddie. The voice of Shaggy has mainly been Casey Kasem (founder of American Top 40) since day one. The voice of Scooby was Don Messick until his death in 1997; nearly 30 years. Mr. Messick also voiced other notable Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters, Ranger Smith and Boo Boo Bear, Muttley, Bamm-Bamm Rubble, Astro, Dr. Benton Quest, and Papa Smurf. Scooby, Scooby Doo!

Check out these fun Hanna-Barbera Halloween Costumes from SpookShop.com

Yogi Bear Mascot CostumeAdult Jane Jetson Costume
Adult Pebbles Flinstone CostumeAdult Scooby Doo Costume - Shaggy
Adult Scooby Doo Costumes
Yogi Bear Mascot Costume
Adult Flinstones Costumes
Sexy Judy Jetson Costume

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Top 13 Jason Voorhees Kills

Jason Voorhees has done it all.  He’s been alive. He’s been dead. He’s been to Manhattan. And Hell. And space. He’s fought Freddy and Corey Feldman. He somehow survived Crispin Glover’s dancing. With 2009’s release of New Line’s Friday the 13th reboot, and with the Halloween season drawing ever nigh, the time has come to reflect on Jason Voorhees and his occupational craft over a long and storied history.

Not one to shirk his duty, this particular staff member, compelled by nostalgia and curiosity, viewed all 11 (yes, eleven)  pre-2009 installments of Friday the 13th with an eye for the quality of Jason’s countless dispatchings. Thus, I submit to you a very carefully selected list featuring my Top 13 Kills by Jason Voorhees. (Note: for the purposes of this list, “Jason” will be credited as the killer in the case of certain installments with annoying, nonsensical plot twists)

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13) Stabbed Through Raft (Friday the 13th IV: The Final Chapter):

Jason pops up out of the lake, interrupting a late-night float on Crystal Lake by stabbing a young lady through the bottom of the raft. Offhand, this might not seem like the most creative or worthy kill to include on this list, but a brief review of the look on the victim’s face suggests otherwise to me.

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12) Frozen Face Shatter (Jason X):

Jason in space. In the future. Awkward might be the best word to describe this bizarre 2002 feature, the lowest-grossing of the bunch at the box office. But it did feature a few highlights, including this moment in which Jason gives his victim a liquid nitrogen whitewashing then shatters her visage on a nearby desk. I wouldn’t be surprised if 90% of this film’s effects budget went into the shot of her submerged face icing over.

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11) Jason Hammers Trespasser (Friday the 13th Part II):

An oldie but a goodie, and another great victim reaction. After foolishly wandering into Jason’s forest shack and inspecting its contents (including a shrine to his dear mother and a needlessly gruesome latrine), the doomed Sheriff is taught a lesson in teeth-gnashing. Get a warrant next time, Sheriff!

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10) Sludge Barrel Swirly (Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan):

Horny teenagers aren’t the only ones on Jason’s list. He has eliminated a host of characters just for being generally annoying, ranging from irritating stereotypes to aggressively cruel parents. This gentleman fell into the latter category, and paid the price for it, violently drowned by Jason in a Manhattan alley. Note the late 1980’s movie version of New York, in which the streets are lined with what appears to be toxic waste.

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9) Jason’s New Mask (Friday the 13th Part III):

Many people forget that iconic Jason Hockey Mask didn’t even appear until the third film, when he swiped it off a victim (in the 2nd film, he wore a pillow case). This particular kill, featuring a harpoon being fired into a woman’s eye, was his first with the mask, making it an instant classic. That’s without even factoring in the amazing victim response, makeup, and hilarity of Jason fruitlessly attempting to hide behind the pictured pillar.

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8) Boxer Decapitated on Rooftop (Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan):

As a character in a Friday the 13th movie, one of the worst things one can do is display any sort of fighting ability. Any character doing so will be terminated, probably humiliatingly. This particular character, a boxer, attempted to fend off Jason with a barrage of failed punches while on a rooftop in Manhattan. Jason responded by punching his head clean off and watching it cascade down the side of the building and land in a dumpster (which promptly closed itself).

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7) Flare Stuffed into Mouth (Friday the 13th: A New Beginning):

This is probably the only memorable moment of this entire film. It shows an exciting new level of inventiveness and a willingness to experiment, as there are surely more efficient ways to kill someone than putting a lit flare into their mouth. Beyond this, though, “A New Beginning”, the 5th installment, has little to offer other than one of the most despicable endings ever.

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6) Bone Saw & Twist (Friday the 13th IV: The Final Chapter):

After waking up in the logal morgue, Jason interrupts a sleazy doctor watching softcoreporn by cutting his head half off with a bone saw, then twisting the remaining portions of his neck around for good measure. I’d be curious to know whether Jason planned on doing that elaborate of a killing when he approached the doctor, or if the bone saw simply wasn’t to his liking. Either way…creative, gory, classic.

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5) Sheriff Folded in Half (Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives):

In this film, after having his corpse reanimated by lightning, Jason goes on one of his trademark killing sprees and offers up some very memorable and bizarre methods along the way. In this scene, after ignoring cries of “Jason!” the entire film, the local Sheriff wises up and takes his stab at redemption, only to be literally folded in half by Jason. Folded. In. Half.

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4) Sleeping Bag Swing (Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood):

We are getting to the real classics. In this oft-discussed moment, Jason drags a victim from her tent while still in her sleeping bag and bludgeons her against the side of a tree. There’s not much more to say about this. It just looks amazing.

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3) Exploding Head (Friday the 13th Part III):

This has to be one of the more ambitious effects shots of the entire series. In it, Jason sneaks up on a guy wearing an ugly sweater and crushes his skull with his bare hands. As if that weren’t enough, a 2nd shot reveals the victim’s eyeball jetting out. If anything, the shot is too ambitious, as the awkwardness of the eyeball sliding along an obvious string makes it simultaneously laughable and endearingly memorable.

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2) RV Faceplant (Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives):

Another one from Part VI, this kill defies all logic. Jason attacks a woman in the back of a moving RV (being driven by one of the more aggressively irritating characters of the entire series) and somehow smashes her skull into the wall of the RV so hard that it leaves an imprint of her face. Nevermind the laws of science or the structural subtleties of the human face against steel. It’s sheer mad genius, and it’s only amplified shortly after when Jason causes the RV to crash and stands atop it triumphantly.

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1) Machete in Parapalegic’s Face (Friday the 13th Part II):

When this character is introduced, his overall likability and appallingly uplifting attitude make him nothing but a victim waiting to happen. After going to the porch to check on a suspicious sound (a classic premise), Jason’s machete is soon found embedded in his face. He rolls back, his wheelchair racing down the steps where it feeds into a larger flight of stairs. The camera lingers as he crashes all the way down. The classic premise as well as greusome nature and dedication to humiliating the victim make this my #1 choice.

Whatever your cup of tea in terms of Jason’s shenanigans, his various looks, weapons, accessories can all be found in droves at SpookShop.com.

For more information on Jason Voorhees, go to Friday the 13th Films.

2009 Movies & Halloween

These days, the hottest costumes are generally inspired by the hottest Hollywood movies. Films like The Dark Knight, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, 300, Star Wars, Spiderman, and Shrek were all huge box office champs, and also champs of the Halloween season. We expect this year to be no different. Here are five of the films we think will be heavily influencing costume choices this Halloween season.

Star Trek – In Theaters Now
Already the highest grossing Star Trek movie of all time at the box office (even when adjusted for inflation), 2009’s reimaginingby J.J. Abrams has wowed critics and audiences alike with its fun, adventurous depiction of Kirk and co.’s first voyage together on the Enterprise. Kirk, Spock, “Bones”, Uhura, Scotty, Sulu, and Chekovare all present, brought to new life by an auspicous cast of both established and up and coming actors. This film brings a unique blend of stylized uniformity and distinct characterization that makes the updated Star Trek costumes perfect for casual fans as well as fanatics. Expect to see them in droves, during Halloween and beyond, including Trekker parties and Comic Book Conventions.

 Star Trek Captain Kirk Costume ShirtStar Trek Deluxe Spock Costume Shirt

 

Public  Enemies –  Release Date: July 1
Between Jack Sparrow, Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, Willy Wonkaand now John Dillinger, Johnny Depp has embodied characters whose costumes often achieve cult status that extends well beyond the Halloween season. The gangster costumeis already a popular choice for Halloween and 20s and 30s parties; a summer blockbuster in the genre with superstar Depp as the charismatic villain Dillinger, and Christian Bale as his FBI counterpart, should only increase the popularity and heat surrounding the classic gangster look.

Adult Gangster CostumeWomen's Sexy Gangster Girl

 

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Release Date: July 15
Another perennial favorite at Halloween is Harry Potter. The Adult Harry Potter Costume, and the unlicensed adult sexy Hermione Costume knock-off are both consistent best sellers, and the kid’s Harry Potter costume is always hot, not only for Halloween, but dress-up year-round.  With the release of the 6th HP installment, The Half-Blood Prince, Potter fans will once again be waving their magical wands this season.

Sexy Wizard Wanda Costume Adult Harry Potter Costume

Halloween II – Release Date: August 28
Rob Zombie is coming back for round two with the iconic Michael Myers. Considered by many to be the scariest film villain ever, the Michael Myers mask has been a consistent Halloween best-seller for decades. With the release of Zombie’s Halloween 2 just two months before October 31st, we expect it to be especially popular this Halloween night. After all, this is ‘the night he came home.’

 Rob Zombie Michael Myers MaskClassic Latex Michael Myers Mask

Alice in Wonderland – Release Date: March 5, 2010
Why include a movie that doesn’t come out until 5 months after Halloween? Two reasons. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp.  The buzz around this film has been swirling for months. Interest has spiked even further recently with the release of intruiging character models and concept art. Like Johnny Depp (who will appear in this film as the Mad Hatter), Burton’s creative characters have spawned many Halloween costume favorites, including Jack Skellington and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Corpse Bride, and Beetlejuice. His following and track record, along with the throngs of readers patiently awaiting a finally-faithful ‘Wonderland’ adaptation, give this film massive potential both at the box office and during Halloween season. Already popular at Halloween, Alice in Wonderland costumes, including the Mad Hatter Hat, Sexy Alice Costume and the Deluxe Queen of Hearts costume, are playful storybook choices.

Child Alice Costume Deluxe Queen of Hearts Costume

We also believe Transformers costumes, High School Musical 3 wigs and costumes and Twilight vampire fangs and contact lenses will leave a mark on Halloween this year. And don’t count out last year’s box office champ, The Dark Knight. Batman and Joker Costumes will be doing battle in the streets of Gotham again.

New Michael Myers Mask

October 25, 1978, “Halloween” was released in America. And with it, Michael Myers was born. Thirty years later, Michael Myers is still one of the most famous villains in film.

Do you know how the mask got started?

The film’s budget was only $320,000. Even for 1978 this was a shoestring budget; half of which went to Panavison cameras.

According to Don Post Jr., President of Don Post Studios, (famous California mask-making company), the filmmakers originally approached his firm about custom-making an original mask for use in the film. The filmmakers explained that they could not afford the costs involved in creating a mask from scratch, but would offer Post points in the movie as payment for his services (“Points” refer to the equivalent of shares.) Post declined their offer, as he received many such proposals from unknown filmmakers all the time, but did suggest that they repaint/refurbish the “Captain Kirk” masks eventually used in the film. This netted Mr. Post a profit of less than $100. After the film became a hit, Post estimated that if he had accepted the original offer for points in the film in exchange for his creation of an original mask, his profit would have run well over $100,000.

Turned down by Post, the prop department had to use the cheapest mask that they could find in a local costume store. They bought a Star Trek, Captain Kirk (William Shatner) mask.  

They painted the face white, messed the hair up and re-cut the eye holes – to create one of the most famous masks ever made.

Fast-forward to 2008. Eight sequels have been made, although Halloween 3 didn’t include Michael Myers (but did have that really cool pumpkin.) The last film to come out was in 2007, Rob Zombie’s “Halloween.”

A year later, the Rob Zombie Michael Myers Mask is now available to the public – the first major change to the mask in 30 years. Deep cuts criss-cross the mask, giving it a new, eerie look, just like the newest film.

Rob Zombie Michael Myers Mask

There are now at least seven licensed Michael Myers Masks on the market. Whether you’re a fan of the original “Halloween” or a more recent sequel or remake, you’ll find a mask, costume and butcher’s knife at SpookShop.com.

We’re a little Greener!

We have always been big on recycling at
spookshop
. We recycle cardboard, paper, glass and plastics at our warehouse. Our shipping boxes are 60% post-consumer cardboard, and our paper has high recycled content. 

This year, we further reduced our use of paper products. Our boxes are thinner, which means significantly less cardboard. We no longer print packing slips for our orders. Instead, we print an invoice (receipt) only, and use this as the packing slip. This saves tens of thousands of sheets of paper over October alone. And we have opted to use a soy-based ink that, unlike petroleum-based products, is not harmful to our environment.

We do not print faxes or emails, nor do we offer a paper catalog. We use boxes from our manufacturers for storage, rather than replacing them with “pretty” ones.

It’s all small stuff, but it adds up. Now when you see our staff in bright sunlight, we all have a slight green tinge to our skin…

New Hustler Costumes

Playboy Costumes debuted in 2006. Their ultra-sexy designs and high quality made them a hit for Halloween parties. They were a bit pricey ($60 to $175), but the quality was amazing.

Two years later, Hustler has released its own line of sexy costumes. Like the Playboy costumes, their designs are definitely sexy (or naughty, depending on your mood), and they also are very high quality – much higher than the average Halloween costume. They also feature a very attractive price range, averaging $52-$80.

We’re offering five enticing styles you’ll love. The Hustler Cop costume, Hustler Nurse costume, Hustler School Girl costume, Hustler Baseball Girl costume and the Hustler Flasher costume. The first four are Hustler’s takes on classic sexy costumes, with the Hustler logo. And the Hustler Flasher? Well… 

Hustler Flasher Costume

Looks like a pretty simple costume, but when you look more closely you see how nice it is. The short trenchcoat jacket is fully lined with bright red ‘Hustler’ fabric. Hustler “boy” panties and sequined pasties with red tassles have role-play written all over them. What man wouldn’t like to come home from a hard day’s work to be greeted by this?

SPOOKSHOP 2008

First, let’s go back a year. To be honest, 2007 was a rough year for us. We had a horrible shopping cart system that kept us from operating at an optimum level. It was as if there was a poltergeist in our computer system. Unfortunately, it got worse as we rolled into October, and we couldn’t make a change until the season was over.

Priority number one for 2008: Fix it!

After months of tweaking, sweating and some cursing, the site went live in July. We are still making adjustments here and there, but this is a major improvement over 2007, and we are extremely happy. If you are one of the customers that experienced our problems last year, we sincerely apologize. We hope we can win your trust back.

That said – Let me tell you about some of the new features that will make your Halloween shopping experience more pleasant.

Email notifications. Seems simple, and it should have been. But our software last year never worked properly, and email notifications didn’t happen. Well, that is not a problem any more. Customers get a confirmation email when their order is placed, and another when it is shipped, tracking numbers included (if applicable).

Faster checkout time. Our shopping cart is greatly improved. When you are ready to check out, the process is simple and fast – Just the way it should be.

Processing time. Last year, this was a major issue. This year, we’ve cut that time in half. We’re ready for all you last-minute Halloween shoppers!

We’ve also started our SPOOKSHOP Newsletter to provide you information on upcoming sales, new Halloween products and how-to tips. We don’t want to clutter your inbox, so when you sign up, expect to see one email a month, unless something really exciting is happening and we feel you should know about it.

Now the really fun stuff.  Look at the bottom of our home page, under “Halloween Fun” and see all the activities and articles that are available. Ever wanted to know the History of Halloween? Or maybe you like games. Do a Halloween Crossword Puzzle with the kids. Like movies? Read our film reviews, like The Dark Knight or Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. See what films are on the horizon, like the new Friday the 13th… in theaters (You guessed it) Friday the 13th, February 2009. View movie trailers. Or vote in one of our many film polls. Who’s the scariest villain in a horror movie? Read FX makeup how-to articles, and find other costume and Halloween ideas. Find Haunted Houses close to you. Best of all, these pages are all FREE!

Come and visit our newly improved site. Let us know what you think.