One of my favorite bloggers, John Squires, over at Freddy in Space posted this great article about 10 things he would put in his Monster Squad style tree house. At the end of the post, he said for bloggers to make their own list. To that I say, challenge accepted.
1. Universal Monsters VHS tapesIf you are a lover of anything spooky, you love the Universal Monsters. These are a must have for any late night viewing with that TV from your bedroom rigged with a 30 ft extension cord that your mom yells at you about as she almost trips over it trying to bring you and your friends snacks.
2. Cereal Monsters Vinyl ToysI have had a love for cereal monsters for many years. A love so strong that I spent more money than I will disclose on a glow-in-the-dark Count Chocula bobblehead (Which I shall never regret!). These however, I only dream about owning. They are pretty rare in good condition and finding them in boxes will be near impossible. These would have a place on a high shelf in my tree house. To be admired, not played with.
3. Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark TrilogyIf you have ever read these, you still have trouble getting a good night's sleep. These collections of terror became a staple of any kid's weekend library rentals. Best read by flashlight.
4. Gizmo FurbyI used to have one of these as a kid and I deeply miss it. I never really enjoyed Furbies, but this was an incredible thing. There have been talking Gizmo dolls in the past, but this is interactive. It's not just a collection of 10 phrases. Just...don't get it wet.
5. Are You Afraid of the Dark? The GameGather your friends and pretend to be The Midnight Society while you navigate through such historic locations such as Dr. Vink's Cottage and Zeebo's Fun House! As long as you have all the pieces, that is.
6. McDonald's Halloween PailsMy secret hiding place for all my knick knacks and stuff that I don't really want anyone to find. All my various erasers, pencils and stickers in one. My rock collection in another. And candy in the pumpkin, because I'm not a savage.
7. Creepy Crawlers WorkshopMaking bugs never gets old. Freaking out your family members or letting that special girl you have a crush on know you care with a colorful earthworm, there is no limit to what you can make. Unless you run out of materials and have to beg your big sister to drive you to Wal-Mart.
8. Beetleborgs Talking FlabberI loved Power Rangers a lot as a kid, but when Big Bad Beetleborgs came out, it instantly became my favorite. With ghosts, werewolves, Frankenstein monsters and more, this show was spooky and action-packed. Flabber, after being freed from the pipe organ made three unknowing kids into their favorite superheroes. This toy might not do the same for me, but I can always hope!
9. Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine Alarm ClockIf I had a tree house, you bet I'd sleep in it every night I possibly could. To make sure Mom and Dad don't find out, I've got to set up my alarm clock so I can be back in bed at least 10 minutes before Mom comes knocking on the door. They'll never suspect a thing!
10. Ghostbusters PosterHanging gracefully with pushpins and some tape, this poster would tell everyone that enters my tree house that I am not even remotely scared of ghosts. This would be covered in some slime of course. I have to make the place seem haunted to fully get people to believe me.
What would you have in your tree house? Let me know in the comments or, if you blog, post your own list. Just be sure to credit Mr. Squires for the idea!