Some Halloween Snacks!

Saturday, September 26, 2020

One of my favorite things about Halloween is the candy.  Well, duh, everyone loves candy.  More importantly, I love all of the special Halloween promotions and treats that come with the season.  The cartoon monsters, the special boxes, wrappers, and packaging.   I particularly enjoy the unique flavors companies try to mix with everything to make it marketable for people like us who want these sorts of things.


Except for pumpkin spice.  I hate it.  Go ahead, I'm ready for the backlash.  But newsflash, it tastes like cinnamon that's gone bad.  


But, the other day, I hit up the local Target and found a stash of goodies that I've seen nearly everyone already review, but now it's my turn. 


Open up your trick-or-treat bags; it's time for YesterYear Retro's Halloween special candy review!

Elvira: Mistress of the... Wrestling Ring?

Friday, September 18, 2020

As Halloween approaches, I begin to think of Elvira more often than usual.  For my wife and I, Elvira's movies, "Mistress of the Dark" and "Haunted Hills," are considered 'must-watch' movies during the month of October. I'm also reminded of her many product promotions and appearances on television around the Halloweens of my childhood during the 80s and 90s.


Cassandra Peterson created the Elvira character in 1981 when a Los Angeles based weekend cable show, "Fright Nights," auditioned for new hosts to introduce B-rated horror movies.  She quickly caught on as Elvira, using a "Valley-Girl" accent and sarcastic and often risque commentary.  Her campy sense of humor was filled with double entendres and quickly made the Elvira character a household name.  

However, before her hit film "Mistress of the Dark" made it big in 1988, did you know she joined the world of professional wrestling?  In an appearance that longtime wrestling fans will remember, Elvira left her mark on Wrestlemania 2 in 1986.  She appeared alongside Jesse "The Body" Ventura and Lord Alfred Hayes to provide commentary for the Los Angeles portion of the event on April 7, 1986.  That year, you may remember, the main event was a steel cage match between Hulk Hogan and King Kong Bundy. 

Halloween Starts Now At Yester Year Retro!

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

I've always loved Halloween.  The orange and black colors, the special treats and snacks that come out for a limited time, the big promotions from fast food, candy, and soda companies... and who could forget Halloween Havoc from WCW in the 90s!  

If you want to hear about some memories from Halloween's of yesteryear, please check out the entry in my Holiday Memories series from 2019.  You can do so by clicking HERE.

Anyway, today on the 15th we are halfway through September.  And that means HALLOWEEN IS STARTING NOW on YesterYearRetro!  

I have quite a few things planned for you from now through the end of October!  Some great Retro Scans of some cool Halloween collectibles, some fun articles about some "spooky topics," and more!  

Stay tuned, won't you?  



The Cabazon Dinosaurs

Monday, September 7, 2020

One of the things in the 1985 film Pee-Wee's Big Adventure that piqued my interest as a kid (and an adult) was the Cabazon Dinosaurs during the Large Marge scene.  They were never explicitly named in the movie, nor were they even mentioned, but they played an essential role in the film. 

They look quite different today then they did in the movie, but, thankfully, they are still standing.  The next time I'm out west, and if I ever make it to Palm Beach, I hope to be able to take the quick trip 13 miles west and see the Dinosaurs made famous by Pee-Wee Herman.


To wrap up my "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure turns 35" week here at YesterYear Retro, I figured why not delve a little deeper into these two great tourist traps!

The Cabazon Dinosaurs are a roadside attraction in Cabazon, California, just west of Palm Springs.  The two steel and concrete dinosaurs stand 65 feet tall (the Brontosaurus is 150 feet long!) and are visible from Interstate 10.

My Top 5 Favorite Scenes from Pee-Wee's Big Adventure!

Friday, September 4, 2020

I changed up my Pee-Wee's 35th Anniversary article for when it was posted over at The Retro Network (speaking of, go check out The Retro Network for so many great shots of nostalgia in both podcast and article form.)

I tend to cut stuff out of the articles there so they don't run as long as I do here, but since this is my blog, I figure I can say whatever it is that I need to get off my chest here.


So, long story (ha) short, I cut out the recap of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and replaced it with my Top 5 favorite scenes from the movie.

I thought it came off well there, so why not continue Pee-Wee's Big Adventure week with making that an article here?  So please, enjoy my Top 5 Favorite Scenes from Pee-Wee's Big Adventure!

Click on, dear reader!