Halloween has careened up the path to America’s second-favorite holiday. It comes in right behind Christmas, and way ahead of the Fourth of July. One of the reasons why Halloween is so beloved is that it offers folks a chance to dress up and go undercover for a 24-hour period. (Or, for some lucky people, an entire week of parties, parades, and trick-or-treating.) Transforming into something out of the ordinary is so intoxicating that it isn’t just reserved for children, adults, and everyone in between. Nope, October 31 hijinks travel beyond the realm of mammals, and are happily embraced by our plush pets as well. Particularly, Feisty Pets.
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UglyDolls are a quirky and unconventional line of plush creatures that straddle the concept of dolls and stuffed animals. Shaped like aliens from other dimensions, but begging to be held and hugged, the UglyDolls have been a sensation for a dozen years. Created in late 2005, the line of plush pals became a surprise hit for co-creators David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim. Developing a rabid cult following, the UglyDolls won the Toy of the Year award in 2006 for its eccentric and genre-busting appearances. The UglyDolls gained a worldwide following, and they never looked back!
Amid the pleasures of being a parent there also lurk the worries, the anxieties, the fears, and the downright fright. Yes, being a parent is rewarding, but it’s also a terror-inducing experience. My own personal trip into the “Nightmare Alley” happened this week when my son had to go for facial surgery. Having a growth on his skin, which could not be diminished or treated via vanishing creams or any ointments, he had to be checked in for an operation. It was a cyst that was bursting through his skin, and it was anchored beneath the epidermis. Quite horrible!