Halloween Monster Cereals Hoarded by Crazy Fans Who Want Them All Year Round

Count Chocula

The first thing that pops into my head when I think of Halloween is candy. Obviously. But for some people, apparently, that thing is breakfast cereal. Monster breakfast cereal, to be exact.

Boo Berry, Franken Berry, and Count Chocula are on store shelves now, but they'll be disappearing again, along with those bags of black and orange M&M's, that strange stringy stuff that's supposed to be spider webs but just looks like somebody attacked a pillow, and candy corns (thank goodness, although many people disagree on the candy corn question). To make up for the monster cereal's limited run, some enthusiasts are stocking up in ways that make you wonder if they're planning to audition for Hoarding: Buried Alive. Seriously people. It's just cereal.

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I know, I know. A lot of us suffer from Halloween Treat Nostalgia, for seasonal things like the aforementioned candy corn, or those awful little waxy orange pumpkins that people pass off as candy. And I have fond memories of Count Chocula commercials, and occasionally being allowed to actually eat the sugary stuff. (Anybody remember Fruit Brute, which was apparently wolf-man-themed, and Fruity Yummy Mummy?) 

Maybe General Mills' decision to sell the cereal for a brief window each year helps up its caché. It certainly upped its street value. One eBayer is able to sell boxes of the stuff for a 350 percent markup, which sounds more impressive than saying "for $7 instead of $2." 

But buying as many as 30 boxes of cereal at a time? Nobody needs that much Boo Berry. Or Franken Berry. Maybe Count Chocula (it is chocolate, after all) -- but even that's a stretch. It just sounds ever so slightly ... what's the word? Oh yes. Crazy.

The good news? So many people are stocking up on water and flashlight batteries ahead of Hurricane Sandy that the Halloween monster cereals are probably the last thing on their minds to buy. So go ahead, you nutty fans. Have at them.

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