Welcome back to my 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown!   In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Ghostbusters franchise, not to mention my love of 80s animation, I’m counting down 31 of my favorite monsters from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon.  These animation cels are culled from my personal collection, and my wife and I tried our best to put them in a not-so-scary to really-freaking-creepy kind of order with the creepiest falling on All Hallows Eve.

It’s day 23, and this monster is one of the few that really grossed my wife out…

There’s just something unsettling and sickly about his slug-like body, the ultra creepy bone spikes for legs, and the puffiness around his fangs.  I’d hate to see something like this crawling around in my garden. 

This cel also marks the 2nd appearance (3rd if you count the preamble post last September 25th) of slimmer on the countdown, though the one on the Stay Puft cel was so tiny you could have missed him.  I didn’t really want to add a cel of slimmer as a stand alone monster since he’s really an ally of the Ghostbusters in the cartoon, and honestly, it just seemed a bit obvious.   But I couldn’t keep him off the countdown altogether. 

Actually, this really isn’t Slimer, but a doppelganger from the containment unit limbo world.  I didn’t realize this until I recently watched this episode. I had noticed that there is kind of a weird aspect to this particular drawing of "Slimer".  I didn’t remember him every having claws in the cartoon.   I know he has fingernails in the movie versions, but it’s kind of weird to see him drawn like this in the cartoon…

When I popped in this episode to get a screen capture for reference, I realized that this wasn’t actually Slimer.  So there, it doesn’t even really count towards another Slimer on this list!

Contest Update!  There are only 8 days left to enter to win a copy of the first volume of the Real Ghostbusters steelbook set!

This 5-disc set contains the first 25 episodes of the series (including the 1st thirteen episode Saturday Morning run) as well as some fun special features.  So what do you have to do to win this beauty?  All you have to do is send me an e-mail (or click on the Creature From the Black Lagoon monster in the sidebar) and make sure to include the following:

-Please put "The Real Ghostbusters Contest" in the subject line.
-List your favorite monster/ghost/creature from the series.
-Include your name.

The deadline for entries is October 31st at Midnight eastern standard time.  I’ll be drawing a winner at random from the e-mails, and will respond to the winner via e-mail on November 1st.  Also, if you feel inclined, I would love everyone to spread the word about the 31 Days of Monsters countdown and the contest, so hit up those social networks and tell a friend (my twitter handle is smurfwreck)!

Also, if you’d like to read more Halloween-y goodness, you can also click on the Halloween Archive link to the left (the banner with King Kong), as well as heading on over to the Countdown to Halloween to check out lists of a bunch of other sites participating in this year’s Halloween blogging event…