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One of the highlights of the Halloween season is the entire Archie McPhee store staff dressing up in different costumes for an entire week leading up to (and including) Halloween itself. There have been many truly great costumes over the years. (You can peruse a few years' worth via the store's Flickr account: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and of course this year: 2012)
Halloween 2012 is still a few days away, but we've already seen a costume that is sure to go down in Archie McPhee history as one of the best. It's as hilarious as it is frightening. Behold the wonder that is Dan'l dressed up as Slicey the Pig Dashboard Wiggler, the only pig who is so eager for you to taste how delicious he is, he's already carving himself up for you:
We've even got video of Dan'l standing in the street in front of the store, merrily slicing away at himself for passing cars:
Many customers were creeped out and children terrified, so as far as we're concerned, mission accomplished. Happy Halloween! Who wants some bacon?
We'd like to tell you to tell you about an awesome young man named Sam:
Superman Sam is a six year old boy with a generous smile, a great sense of humor, and a fondness for frogs, turtles, and comic books. We like Sam.
Sam also has acute myeloid leukemia. Cancer is terrible and fighting it is a painful and exhausting process, even for the toughest person. Sam's family and community have rallied around him to help support him as he fights this disease. But as a six year old, it's difficult for Sam to comprehend just how many people are rooting for him.
Sometimes just knowing, and we mean really knowing, that people are thinking of you and cheering you on can make all the difference in the world. That's why Sam's mother started Superheroes for Sam: A Photo Project. Sam's mom wants us all to send in photos of ourselves wearing our favorite superhero t-shirts or holding up our favorite superhero logo. These photos will be hung on the wall of Sam's room at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin as shiny proof of just how many people are thinking of him and wishing him the strength of all the superheroes in the universe as he bravely undergoes treatment.
As soon as we heard about Superheroes for Sam we turned on the Bat-Signal and got on the Bat-Phone to round up our neighborhood superheroes. That was when a funny thing happened. The Archie McPhee staff suddenly disappeared. We know it might seem like a suspiciously huge coincidence, but at the exact same moment they each received urgent phone calls, had urgent last-minute meetings to attend, had to run urgent errands, or urgently had to use the restroom. Whatever was going on, it was urgent.
But what's funnier still, no sooner had they all disappeared when a whole mess of superheroes appeared on the scene. There were even a couple supervillains. (The sort of supervillains with secret hearts of gold, don't you know.) "We're here for Sam!" they all said in unison. And then they proceeded to pose for the camera as only superfolks can:
"Let it be known," they cheered, "we're all part of Team Superman Sam!"
The photos are proof. Team Superman Sam is growing and we think you should be part of it too. Here's how:
Take a photograph of yourself being super: wearing your favorite superhero shirt, striking a superhero pose, holding up a superhero logo or your favorite action figure, comic book or lunch box, or even just smiling. (If you happen to know any superheroes, you should invite them over too.)
Then print out the picture. Put it in an envelope and mail it to Sam:
Sam Sommer, E582
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
P.O. Box 1997
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1997
Sam needs us. Are you ready? Set? Team Superman Sam... assemble!
We absolutely love it when people spot our Horse Head Mask while they're out and about. It didn't take long for us to learn that it really could show up anytime and anywhere, which delights us to no end. Here are three recent sightings:
This triumphant, leather-clad horse-man was seen at the New York Comic Con.
ontheborderland spotted not just one, but two Horse Head Masks enjoying a leisurely boat ride through Inokashira Park in Tokyo.
Redditor atcaskstrength spotted this equine bookworm while boarding a plane, proving once again that you never know when a little awesomeness is about to enter your life.
Who knows where the Horse Head Mask might appear next? We can't wait to find out. Until then you can check out CreepyHorseMask.com for more pictures and videos.
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