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Link Roundup: Tim Burton, Caroll Spinney, Elf on the Shelf, and more

8 things we wanted to share this week:

  1. Tim Burton-inspired recipes inhabit the pages of new cookbook ‘The Nightmare Before Dinner.’
  2. This 1996 video game catalogue from Toys “R” Us will take you back to your youth.
  3. Puppeteer Caroll Spinney, the voice of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, is leaving Sesame Street after 50 years.
  4. Scratch and Sniff Halloween costumes seemed like a good idea at one point.
  5. The LEGO Group and Blizzard Entertainment are partnering to create building sets inspired by the Overwatch video game.
  6. Just in time for the holidays: The ‘Elf on the Shelf‘ family is growing.
  7. In the 1960s, the U.S. government developed a plan to pay spies with gear from the Sears catalog.
  8. Mattel and Toys “R” Us Canada are co-celebrating Barbie’s 60th anniversary.
The Friday Five

Peruse a weekly summary of intriguing articles related to toys, games, and nostalgia that have hit the news this week.