Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts characters created by Charles Schulz have long been associated with Halloween. The animated TV special "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" has been a holiday tradition since it debuted in 1966. Snoopy and Halloween go together like chocolate and peanut butter.
This book was actually a Hallmark card, and it was given to my older brother by my Grandma. This card is at least 30 years old (probably older). How did I end up with this? I'm not sure, but my brother knew how much I liked Charlie Brown and Snoopy, so maybe I just asked him if I could keep it.
Pumpkin Carols were not exclusive to the Peanuts characters. I remember singing "The Twelve Days of Halloween" in elementary school. The lyrics were a little different---I remember singing "and an owl in a dead oak tree" as well as "and a dead owl in an oak tree." Ghastly!
This card was re-released with different artwork (maybe it still is). I have another version, but it lacks the cool pumpkin die-cut treatment.
I love this drawing of the Peanuts gang in their costumes.
As folks start getting ready for Halloween, it won't be long before you may see an inflatable Snoopy in a Halloween costume on someone's front lawn.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion. Well, a resin, light-up version of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. This was available from The Disney Catalog and the online Disney Store years ago. Later, it could be found at a reduced price through the Disney Outlet on eBay.
Some of the 999 "Happy Haunts," like the Hitchhiking Ghosts, are just dying to have new visitors.
A few Grim, Grinning Ghosts have materialized to socialize. Don't close your eyes and don't try to hide.
Fans of Disney's Haunted Mansion have been able to get their mitts on replicas of their beloved attraction for some time now.
The original 1967 Disneyland Mansion is represented here it all its Southern, New Orleans Square glory.
Here we find spirited characters based on the original Marc Davis designs.
The fat lady may have sung, but there's more to see here.
Here we find the original version of the Bride from the attic.
She was originally a faceless, ghostly figure, with a loud, red beating heart.
The Bride has changed quite a bit over the years. The newest version is really cool, but I miss the simple charm of the original. The picture above is from the Haunted Mansion book and record. I still have the book, but the record went missing years ago. Side B of the LP featured Haunted sound effects, which I taped and used as sound effects for my own Halloween displays for Trick Or Treaters when I was a kid.
Also present is the legendary Hatbox Ghost character. He vanished from the ride before its grand opening.
Apparently, the character's gimmick (his head vanished and reappeared in his hatbox) was not convincing enough, so he was removed.
Here the character is seen in the Haunted Mansion book and record. He has been featured in quite a bit of merchandise. Maybe he will be back in the Mansion someday.
A resin version of Phantom Manor from Disneyland Paris was also available in the Disney Catalog and online. The famous Hitchhiking Ghosts are represented here, though I don't believe they are featured in the attraction in France.
A hinged-box resin Haunted Mansion was sold at Disneyland and Walt Disney World in the late 1990s. This is Walt Disney World's version, found at the Magic Kingdom's Liberty Square.
Open the box to discover the Hitchhiking Ghosts and the Corridor of Doors, with Goofy and a Ghost in a Doombuggy ride vehicle.
Here we get a rare glimpse at the back of the Mansion. Really, this is what it looks like. Haven't you always wondered?
A playset version of the Haunted Mansion could also be found at the Disney Parks. This is Walt Disney World's Mansion. It also includes accessories, and the Hitchhiking Ghosts. The Mansion facade seen at Walt Disney World can also be found at the Tokyo Disneyland version of the Haunted Mansion, located in that park's Fantasyland.
Like all the Haunted Mansions, it is equipped with wall-to-wall creeps and hot and cold running chills!
Jack Skellington and his crew from Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas have been taking over Disneyland's Haunted Mansion at Halloween and Christmas for 10 years now. "Haunted Mansion Holiday" is quite popular, and was also adapted for Tokyo Disneyland's Haunted Mansion.
Disney recently unveiled concept art for Haunted Mansion themed hotel rooms. This is probably an idea for rooms at an existing resort (a good guess could be for Disney's Port Orleans Resort at Walt Disney World in Florida). I'd love to see an entire hotel based on the Haunted Mansion.
I have been having difficulty posting photos on my blog recently, and have discovered I'm not alone. The new photo upload system does not work for everyone. I was able to find a way to revert back to the old editor, but it will be eliminated soon. Hopefully, the photo upload problems will be addressed.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Click on the pictures, then click them again to zoom in and read all the details (don't strain your eyes!).
At Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, and Hong Kong Disneyland, you can escape the madness of the theme park crowds at the serene "Snow White Grotto" (complete with Wishing Well).
These days, there's quite a bit of buzz about a planned Seven Dwarfs Mine Car ride for Walt Disney World's Fantasyland. Hopefully there will be spiffy animatronic Dwarfs, shining diamonds, and careening through some caverns.
Friday, September 10, 2010
I felt very fortunate that Lisa decided to tell me about Glenn, and very sad that he had passed away.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
I had a wonderful time seeing Oahu, and got to visit a place called Sea Life Park, which featured a "Wholphin" (the offspring of a bottle-nose dolphin and a false killer whale).
I also got visit Maui on this trip. This was amazing! We stayed at the Aston Kaanapali Shores in Lahaina (right next to an Embassy Suites that had a waterfall running down the middle of the building).
Apparently, the Disney Store at the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu shut down and reopened as a much smaller, less themed location. Too bad!
Of course, Disney is working on something exciting and new in Oahu. In 2011, the Aulani Disney Resort in Ko Olina will debut. Mahalo, Mickey!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
The original Disney Stores had themes that reflected local interests (for example, the Birmingham, Alabama location originally had a football theme). This idea was eventually dropped. The Boston store may have shared its theme with other Disney Stores.
Many Disney Stores have closed or eliminated their display figures. These items are frequently found for sale on eBay.