Holiday Fun – no Frights – Found in ‘Christoween’

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For those who love Christmas and Halloween there is a story series that is specially made for you.

“Donnie Druthers’ Christoween Capers” is a mash-up of two favorite holidays that are told in 13 audible stories which can be seen and heard on-line for free at CHRISTOWEEN.NET.

“Donnie Druthers’ Christoween” was “creep-ated” by veteran Hollywood voice actor Wally Wingert who tweaks Christmas with a little bit of Tim Burton, Universal Monsters and Charles Addams, creator of the Addams Family. And the stories are told in a style of Dr. Seuss meets Clement Clarke Moore.

Donnie is an odd, misunderstood kid who has to give a talk in school about his favorite holiday. However, instead of choosing between Christmas and Halloween he mashes them together and tells the story his own way.

These 13 short stories draw upon Wingert’s own love of classic monsters and Christmas. The stories are fun for both kids and adults with each chapter brimming with nostalgic nuance.

Wingert has narrated each chapter in professionally designed video-enhanced audibles.

“’Christoween’ is what he calls it – the two days combined, ’twas the best of both worlds in young Donnie’s mind. On the full moon old Blitzen becomes a were-deer and Dasher a mummy … at least so I hear,” is how one story begins.

The “chill-illustrations” are clever and colorful – enough of a monster show without terrifying young fans. Wingert’s love of monster movies can be seen throughout the series with visits from the Creature of the Black Lagoon, the Mummy, Bride of Frankenstein and Dracula’s daughters. But there are some fun twists on monsters, including a zombie Elvis impersonator. Of course even Santa makes appearances throughout the stories, keeping up the yuletide traditions.

Whereas “Nightmare Before Christmas” showed Jack Skellington displaying a little competitive streak against Santa, that feeling is nowhere to be seen in this series where even Frankenstein helps deliver presents after Santa gets sick.

More information on this property’s imagery, merchandise, concept, marketability and fan base can be found at CHRISTOWEEN.NET.

Next week, find out about “creep-ator” Wally Wingert and the “chill-illustrations” found in “Donnie Druthers’ Christoween Capers.”