Review & Giveaway: Mad Monster Party

mad-monster-partyIn the category of “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,” a couple of years ago we finally admitted that we are a TV viewing family. Why was this such a revelation? Well, our TV died, and a new TV was needed. My husband — Coach Dad — had only a short time to find a replacement TV as we needed our TV — STAT!

Yes, that’s right…we are the type of family who watch TV at least an hour or two per day. Again, I’m not sure whay I need to feel guilty about this, but I do. There are times when I wish we were a more “get back to nature” type family, but we’re not. There I said it! I don’t like bugs, animals, or nature. Oh, I like seeing nature from afar, but a hike is not on my Top 10 list of family activities.

As a family we have limited family time with a kid in two sports, a preteen in two sports and playing one instrument, and a teen in two sports. Between driving hither, thither, and yon, I am tired by the time the week ends or we get home…whichever comes first. So, watching a TV show or a movie is a welcome break for all of us.

A fan favorite in our family — holiday themed DVDs. I spent part of my childhood in New Jersey. I recall watching one or two of the Christmas specials…Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, was my favorite. But what about other holidays? I really don’t recall any other non-Christmas offerings.

I was asked to review Mad Monster Party, a Rankin/Bass classic, newly released on DVD (I received two free copies: one to review and one to give to a lucky reader!). Mad Monster Party was first released in 1967 with a running time of 95 minutes.

I showed the DVD to my kid, preteen, and teen without going in to very much explanation about the age of the film or what it was about. My husband and I watched as well. I have to say that I think we were all pleasantly surprised by how funny the film was. My kids liked all of the classic Halloween characters  — Dracula, Frankenstein, Invisible Man, Wolfman, the Mummy, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and many others. Basically think of a classic monster or person from scary movies and it will be in this film in a nonscary and nonthreatening way. 

Check out this ecard. Some more Halloween tips.

Do you want to win a copy of Mad Monster Party? Leave me a comment with your best Halloween costume moment. My all-time favorite Halloween moment was dressing in a black t-shirt with an “8” on the front while pregnant. Can you guess what I was? A MAGIC 8 BALL®!

Extra entries — leave a comment:

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– Fan me on Facebook. Bonus entry if you can tell me why my feed is not current on my Facebook page. #notatechie

– Friend this movie on Facebook.

This giveaway is super quick. It will end Wednesday, October 28 at noon. I will send out the DVD so that the winner will have it in time for Halloween! The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

55 comments for “Review & Giveaway: Mad Monster Party

  1. denise
    October 27, 2009 at 9:10 am

    My mother made me a cheetah costume when I was 6 years old and it was by far my favorite costume ever.

    denise_22315 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  2. denise
    October 27, 2009 at 9:21 am

    I subscribe.

    denise_22315 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  3. Nora SP
    October 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    I remember dressing up as a victorian woman and I tried on those long blue fake eyelashes and boy tring to even blink with those was almost painful

  4. Nora SP
    October 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I follow you on twitter I am threefrogs

  5. chastidy
    October 28, 2009 at 1:35 am

    I loved being a punk rocker, I think I was that for 3 yrs. I loved all the makeup and hair color 🙂

  6. Gianna
    October 28, 2009 at 1:50 am

    Holding a carrot and a hat with a wet shirt (melted snowman) LOL

  7. georgie c
    October 28, 2009 at 4:51 am

    a hobo outfit that didnt look right on me

  8. georgie c
    October 28, 2009 at 4:52 am

    Subscribed by email.

  9. ky2here
    October 28, 2009 at 5:47 am

    I was wild when I was younger. One year I had makeup done by Lena Kaleva (from the cult film LIquid Sky). It was stupid expensive but worth it – if only I could find those photos…..

  10. jerandshae
    October 28, 2009 at 6:15 am

    my most “memorable” costume moment was when i colored my hair pink to be a punk rocker, only it wouldn’t come out, and i was forced to go to school like that for weeks!

  11. oneangel
    October 28, 2009 at 6:51 am

    My most”memorable”moment has to be when I was Raggedy Ann.

  12. adrienne Gordon
    October 28, 2009 at 7:21 am

    I dressed as a picnic table.

  13. Tracey Byram
    October 28, 2009 at 7:31 am

    I once made a race car out of a cardboard box for my son. He wore a helmet and we had the race car around his waist.

  14. kristi blackstone
    October 28, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Hah! Too creative! I haven’t had any costume special moments other than my 5 year old helping me this year make my 1 year old his Bam Bam costume

  15. Melissa D
    October 28, 2009 at 8:03 am

    I put together a long orange wig, a shiny orange jacket, a gold crown and scepter and became the Queen of Halloween. It sounds goofy but I had so much fun that year!

  16. Melissa D
    October 28, 2009 at 8:04 am

    I subscribed via email. Thanks!

  17. Nessa
    October 28, 2009 at 8:25 am

    My favorite Halloween costume? When I was little, my mom made me an ET costume that was really cool. As an adult, my favorite would be when I was pregnant with my first child. We made a cardboard oven outfit and my belly had a pic of rising bread on it. My bun in the oven costume was so awesome!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  18. Gloria
    October 28, 2009 at 8:30 am

    My most memorable costume was when I dressed as a witch. All I had was a mask and some old clothes.

  19. Gloria
    October 28, 2009 at 8:31 am

    email subscriber

  20. Gloria
    October 28, 2009 at 8:31 am

    subscribe via google reader

  21. Terry C
    October 28, 2009 at 8:52 am

    My most memorable was dressing up like a princess. I felt like one for the night.

    braaisjo at gmail dot com

  22. susan smoaks
    October 28, 2009 at 8:58 am

    one year i was marge simpson with this awesome wig, it was a lot of fun!

  23. susan smoaks
    October 28, 2009 at 8:58 am

    email subscriber

  24. susan smoaks
    October 28, 2009 at 8:59 am

    google reader subscriber

  25. susan smoaks
    October 28, 2009 at 8:59 am

    facebook fan
    tony l smoaks

  26. susan smoaks
    October 28, 2009 at 9:00 am

    fan of the movie on facebook
    tony l smoaks

  27. Shannon
    October 28, 2009 at 9:32 am

    my favorite was probably when I was a punk rocker as a kid with colored hair

  28. Shannon
    October 28, 2009 at 9:46 am

    subscribed by email

  29. Shannon
    October 28, 2009 at 9:47 am

    subscribed by reader

  30. Shannon
    October 28, 2009 at 9:48 am

    following on twitter (07violet)

  31. Donna K
    October 28, 2009 at 9:59 am

    I dressed up as a witch-scary!

  32. Donna K
    October 28, 2009 at 10:01 am

    I subscribed by email.
    (The link to subscribe by feed doesn’t work.)

  33. October 28, 2009 at 10:01 am

    How about when I convinced everyone in the house to dress up as pirates and totally forgot to get a costume for myself in the i went as ‘mom’

  34. Donna K
    October 28, 2009 at 10:05 am

    I follow you on twitter.(donnak4)

  35. Tim Hughes
    October 28, 2009 at 10:20 am

    I enjoy dressing up as Winnie the Pooh every year. Something about a 6 foot 260 pound guy dressed up as Winnie just gets the local kids laughing.

  36. Tim Hughes
    October 28, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I already subscribe via email-titletowntreasures(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  37. Tim Hughes
    October 28, 2009 at 10:27 am

    I am a fan on facebook-tim hughes

  38. Tim Hughes
    October 28, 2009 at 10:28 am

    I am a fan of the movie on facebook-tim hughes

  39. Tim Hughes
    October 28, 2009 at 10:29 am

    I follow on twitter-packerfantimmy

  40. DanV
    October 28, 2009 at 10:40 am

    My best moment was my son’s first Halloween costume as a baby cow

  41. carol
    October 28, 2009 at 10:44 am

    love to see my grandkids dressed up in their halloween costumes and alot of the times my daughter will dress the 2 mini dogs in the same or similar costumes…thanks for the great giveaway

  42. Sabine Blanch
    October 28, 2009 at 11:45 am

    My best Halloween moment was seeing my 15 year old daughter in a chicken costume riding her skateboard down our street

  43. Veronica Garrett
    October 28, 2009 at 11:54 am

    My best Halloween Costume moment was dressing as Miss Piggy.

  44. Lily Kwan
    October 28, 2009 at 11:55 am

    My best Halloween costume moment was dressing up as a princess with a fancy dress and tiara.

  45. Lily Kwan
    October 28, 2009 at 11:57 am

    I subscribed by email.

  46. Lily Kwan
    October 28, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I became your Facebook fan.

  47. Lily Kwan
    October 28, 2009 at 11:59 am

    I follow Mad Monster Party on Facebook.

  48. kathleen yohanna
    October 28, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I was a beatnick one year but no one knew what I was. I even starting reciting poetry but still nothing. “The sky is blue. The ocean is blue. Praise to the color blue.”

  49. christopher h
    October 28, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    cowboy with horse

  50. Monique Rizzo
    October 28, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    I loved my little bo peep costume. My brother was the sheep. Thanks for the chance.

  51. Ken Robinson
    October 28, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I got the biggest kick when we use to dress as Rocky Horror Show characters. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

    October 28, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    My mother dressed me up as Michael Jackson when I was 5 years old. I had the WHOLE Thriller costume… And I’m white… So, when my mom took me to show my grandparents me in my costume, they didn’t even know who I was! They wanted to know why I wanted into their house? Then, my mother came around the corner and explained… =)

  53. Erica Cooper
    October 28, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I was so jealous of my oldest sisters halloween costume one year. Our mother always sewed them for us. She was Wonderwoman. She had the gold lasso and everything. Mom painted stars on her red rubber rain boots. I thought she looked beautiful.

  54. October 28, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Power Rangers a long time ago

  55. oona b
    October 28, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    I have photos of me dressed up as a tube of toothpaste and my best friend who wet his pants (dressed as a cowboy)
    Thanks! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

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