Barnabas Collins Dark Shadows Game
the spooky distinction of being the only Milton Bradley board game
whose pieces include a coffin, tiny wooden stakes, scaffolds, and
plastic bones. Players twirl a spinner and receive a bone that matches
the picture on the square the spinner stops on. Using these bones,
players race to complete an entire skeleton, and the winner gets
the right to wear an included set of vampire fangs. The game was
manufactured in 1969, and today is a fairly common collectible.
Dark Shadows Game
was manufactured by Whitman in 1968. Players choose one of four
cardboard playing pieces -- which feature drawings of an empty grave,
a grandfather clock, a howling wolf, or a candle. Cards are dealt
to each player from a deck of 52 cards which picture bats, spiders
and knives. Players make their way around the paper game board (which
also features spooky images, including Collinwood and a ghostly
woman) by playing a card that matches the next square in front of
them. If they have no matching card, they discard and draw another
from the deck. They first player to reach the finish square wins.
photo cards with pictures of Jonathan Frid as Barnabas were included
with the game, but are often missing from the sets today.
Shadows Magic Slates were
manufactured by Western Publishing in 1969. Magic Slates are kind
of a primitive version of the classic Etch-A-Sketch -- you can draw
on them, but when you lift the plastic sheet, your image disappears.
They retailed for 39 cents.
Jigsaw Puzzles were made by Whitman in 1969. Each contains
1,200 pieces. Though they were sold separately, they both have the
same catalog number.
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