Well, if you thought my last post featured some fun Halloween-theme shaped snacks (and please don’t get them confused with what I’m about to show you), you haven’t seen anything yet!
You know a company has REALLY gotten into the spirit when they release Halloween dog treats! Now, see… this is the kind of dedication to a holiday that I enjoy to see. These days, you’ll often see brands like Nestle, Hershey, Mars, etc. put in very little effort with their Halloween candy. It’s more often than not that you’ll see someone take their regular boring candy with its regular boring wrapper and sell it in a giant bag and call it day. The 1980’s were different though. Companies even wanted the dogs to get in on the Halloween festivities!
It’s a little hard to read, but I strained my eyes so you wouldn’t have to. Milk Bone really went to town all for the sake of getting your dog into the Halloween spirit with dog snacks shaped as ghosts, the Frankenstein monster, bats, and jack-o-lanterns. What, no witches or skulls?
Not only that, but it looks like Milk Bone even took the time to assign specific flavors and colors to these treats. Pink bacon-flavored ghosts, red meat-flavored Frankenstein monsters, orange cheese-flavored jack-o-lanterns, brown liver-flavored bats, white milk-flavored ghosts (milk?), yellowish poultry-flavored bats, and green vegetable-flavored Frankenstein monsters!
September 1st is always the start of Halloween season for myself and many others and once again this year I’m going to recommend you Dinosaur Dracula, Review the World and I-Mockery for all kinds of cool Halloween related posts over the next two months.
Back to me.
I decided late this afternoon to go on a run around town to browse the Halloween section at various stores. The exception being I decided to ignore big box stores like Walmart and Target because I know they are slowly bring in Halloween items and haven’t gone full bore yet. So, I decided I was going to hit up a few shops I rarely ever go to. Namely, K-Mart, Party City (of which I always make multiple trips to during the Halloween season and then ignore it for the other 10 months out of the year) and then maybe a Family Dollar or a General Dollar. Are both of those Dollar stores owned by the same company? They’ve always seemed interchangeable to me. You’ll find the same cheap products, clearance items and nearly expired food at each place.
I vaguely remember Purina Chuck Wagon’s chuck wagon, but this really surprised me… There was an Atari 2600 video game tie-in in 1983 (the commercial seen here looks to be late 80s)!
Yeah, all you had to do was send some proofs of purchase and the game was yours! The idea of the game was to get the dog to the chuck wagonResearch tells me the promotion wasn’t very successful and its easy to see why:
#1 Dogs don’t play video games
#2 The people buying the dog food (adults, more than likely) don’t play video games either
#3 IT’S A VIDEO GAME BASED ON DOG FOOD
The game is highly-desired these days amongst Atari collectors (it is considered to be one of the rarest Atari games due to unredeemed copies of the game getting destroyed), but c’mon, we nostalgists really need to draw the line SOMEWHERE. Seriously… a dog food video game?