via Amazon, or other online outlets, they really turn up in droves around October thereby becoming the unofficial breakfast cereal mascots of Halloween.
Doing some research for this post, however, I discovered that their wonderfully animated commercials actually embraced Halloween in 1978 (or is it '79... or '73? I can't quite see the copyright line in the YouTube vid) HERE).
There the boys are, getting ready for Halloween trick or treating (they say so themselves) and after hawking the benefits of their individual cereals they enter to show off their cross-dressing matching outfits-- only to be frightened off by a wolf-whistling jack o' lantern. You can't get much more Halloween than THAT.
I've been a huge fan of the General Mills Monster Cereals since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. My favorite was Frankenberry as I thought it made the milk taste like Nestle's Strawberry Quik. Though Boo Berry was the one I always quested for, my local grocery store only carried Frankenberry and Count Chocula. I never got a chance to try Boo Berry until 1999 when I found a box at Gelsons Market in Los Angeles--fulfilling that childhood dream. My 8 year old self was proud that day.
But enough about my cereal dreams, ON TO THE CONTEST!
Thanks to the good folks at General Mills, I've got not one but TWO PRIZE PACKS to give away!
Each pack contains one of each kind of 2010 Edition General Mills Monster Cereals: Frankenberry, Count Chocula and Boo Berry AND they come in a black and gray fabric trick or treat tote bag with a fantastic image of the 3 monsters against a purple haunted house spooky-scape ("spooky-scape" is a term I just made up). See the image to the left and click on it to see a bigger version.
GrocerySavvy.com HERE along with recipes, a Vote-for-Your-Favorite-Monster poll, and a Monsters Go Disco video remix that mashes up 30 years of commercials with the Monsters Go Disco cardboard record that came with the cereals back in the '70s. It must be seen to be believed.
So how do you enter to win these prize packs?
Just comment on this post (ONE post per person please) by this Wednesday, October 27, 2010 by 11:59pm PT and I'll randomly pick TWO winners using Random.org.
UPDATED 10/28/10: Congrats to the winners ZombieSquash and The Spooky Waffle!
ZombieSquash: I have no way to contact you! Please contact me with your e-mail and/or mailing address.
Thanks to all who entered!