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TK's MORNING BUZZ: How Many Retailers Are Promoting the Bumper Crop of Halloween and Horror Videos as a Safe Alternative to Stepping Out Tonight?

31 Oct, 2001 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Happy Halloween!

Tonight has never been particularly good for our business, with kids roamingthe streets in search of treats and teenagers and adults out partying.

But with the much-ballyhooed "cocooning," security concerns heightened after the latest round of terrorist warnings and a widely disseminated Halloweenhoax, tonight could be a bit better than it has in the past for video dealers.

The streets are probably going to be less crowded, and retailers need to seize the moment and promote the bumper crop of Halloween and horror videos now available as a safe alternative to stepping out.

I'm even going to tread a more cautious route, snipping down my two boys' Halloween path to four or five houses in either direction on ourstreet -- people we know and trust -- and then calling it an early night to watch a video or two.

I'm going to devote the rest of this space to giving you a sample of the great horror and Halloween fare that's out there -- stuff you can certainly recommend to your customers.

For the kids:

Winnie the Pooh: Boo to You (Disney)
Frankenpooh (Disney)
Spookie-Ookie Halloween (Disney)
When Good Ghouls Go Bad (Fox)
Zoboo's Scary Tales (PBS)
Casper Saves Halloween (Warner)
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Paramount)
Teletubbies: The Magic Pumpkin (Warner)
Bugs Bunny's Halloween Hijinks (Warner)
Scooby-Doo's Spookiest Tales (Warner)
Ernest Scared Stupid

For adults:

The Mummy (Universal)
The Mummy Returns (Universal)
Hannibal (MGM)
"Scream" series (Buena Vista)
"Children of the Corn" series (Buena Vista)
"Halloween" series (Anchor Bay and others)
Candyman (Columbia TriStar)
13 Ghosts (1960 original, Columbia TriStar)
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
"Nightmare on Elm Street" series (New Line)
Tales from the Darkside (Paramount)
An American Werewolf in London 20th anniversary edition DVD (Universal)
Blair Witch Project (Artisan)
Wes Craven's Dracula 2000 (Disney)
Night of the Living Dead (Artisan)

And my personal favorite: The Universal "Monsters" collection, more than adozen great old black-and-white horror movies, from The Mummy, Dracula, TheWolfman and Frankenstein to Creature From the Black Lagoon. These vintageflicks star such masters of horror as Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr. and Bela Lugosi; the original films are available individually or as a gift set, while various sequels are packaged two flicks to a disc.

Happy trails!

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