1962 Popular Mechanics Christmas Wood Plans Reindeer Hoisting Sack; Santa Space Capsule; Nativity

Looking for unique Christmas wood patterns? The Douglas Fir are coming into popularity, but I enjoy the cutting and painting myself.

Popular Mechanics 1960 Wood Cuts Santa; Wise Men; Victorian Horses and Carriage

Originally featured in the 1955 Popular Mechanics, this "Patterncraft" waving Santa wood cut was again featured in December 1960. 


1955 Popular Mechanics Patterncraft Santa Waving & Sleigh Woodcut

Popular Mechanics magazine November 1955 provided for readers 2 more woodcut for the handyman or handylady.

The first is a grid pattern "Patterncraft" Santa with his sack of toys and a gloved hand waving. I think this looks as nice as the Douglas Fir Santa patterns, although those are simply pasted on wood and clear coated.

Popular Mechanics 1954 Say Merry Christmas with Plywood Cutouts

The first installment of these Christmas do it yourself wood cuts came in the November 1954 issue of Popular Mechanics. 

1960 Popular Mechanics Lawn Santa Claus Wood Cutout

I wanted to paint a vintage-style Santa since Christmas 2021. I looked through the Douglas Fir designs and I liked them well enough, but when I came across this Popular Mechanics Santa from 1960, the design was perfect and so was the price: Free on Google books.

2022 McDonald's Halloween Buckets - The Classics Return!

The masses have spoken (loudly, and for years) and McDonald's finally gave us the vintage style Halloween Happy Meal buckets we've been clamoring for.

2003 Burger King Halloween Hamtaro

 2003 Burger King Halloween kids meal premiums were Hamtaro Little Hamsters, Big Adventures toys. There were 8 toys in all. 

Each character wore a plastic Halloween disguise. Penelope Ghost-Ham, Cappy Pumpkin-Ham, Boss Alien-Ham, Oxnard Spider-Ham, Bijou Witch-Ham, Hamtaro Franken-Ham, Elder Wolf-Ham, and Panda Skeleton-Ham.

Hamtaro ran in the United States from 2000 through 2006.

View the entire Burger King Halloween Hamtaro activity book here, courtesy of archive.org user KoCoProps.

1977 Toys R Us Ben Cooper Bayshore Kusan Geoffrey Halloween Costume


This Toys R Us ad from October 1977 was published in Upland, California. Featuring Ben Cooper Star Wars costumes, 6 Million Dollar Man disguises, Bionic woman and Wonder Woman costumes and Raggedy Ann.

Kusan branded costumes included the Tiny Tot, P.J. Tiny Tot, and Geoffrey costumes!

Finish your Halloween shopping trip up with a Fun World Clacking Skull, a General Foam carrying pumpkin and General Foam Spook Sticks, and Bayshore E-Z Off Masquerade Make-Up.

1988 McDonald's McBunny Kids Meal Buckets

Buckets. What a useful thing a bucket can be. If you're a fan of this blog, you know how we treasure our Halloween buckets, and rightfully so. They can hold what? Yeah.

Halloween candy.

McDonald's used to make excellent choices by giving us 80's and 90's kids buckets for said candy, even if they were a bit on the tiny side. And then one day in Spring 1988, Ronald McDonald was leading the board meeting at McDonald's headquarters and he suggested more buckets. But not for Halloween. For Easter.

I can imagine the board room blowing the fuck up. FryGuys losing their collective shit. Grimace flailing his purple arms. Birdie the Early Bird rejoicing. The Hamburglar being shady. 

"Easter Buckets!", Ronald says. The smile drooping from ear to ear.

Why these didn't become a yearly this is something I will 1, never understand and 2, never forgive.

The 1988 Easter McBunny pails.

2021 McDonald’s Halloween Happy Meal

Another year of Halloween SHADE thrown by McDonald's. The 50th anniversary Disney kids meal premiums parade right through Halloween 2021.

 These seem like they'd be aimed toward adults, not kids.

1968 Popular Mechanics Halloween DIY Ideas


Here's a super cool retro guide to making your own costumes and carving jack o lantern's the Popular Mechanics way. First off, a witch costume with a surprise meowing, grimacing black cat will be sure to get a laugh! 

2013 General Foam Blow Mold Catalog

2013 General Foam Blow Mold Catalog

2002 Wendy's Lionel Eerie Express Halloween Kids Meal Toys

2002: Wendy's fast food hamburger restaurants and Lionel team up to offer this cool set of 4 train vehicles, the Eerie Express!

1999 Burger King Halloween Silly Slammers


Burger King's Halloween 1999 kids club kids meal promotion were Silly Slammers clip-ons.

Video Games Pumpkin Carving Stencils

Extensive list after the jump.