Halloween 2016: An All Hallows’ Toast

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Thank you for joining us for the 2016 Halloween Season.  We hope to see you again next year.  Until then…

Mothers have a holiday.  Fathers do too.  Veterans, the United States of America, laborers, pilgrims, grandparents, and Jesus all have holidays.  But do the children have one, a day that is all their own?  Yes.  Yes, they do.

There exists one night each year when the children make the rules, when they use their imaginations to the fullest, when they are given free reign of their worlds, when every door opened offers the opportunity for reward.  That night is Halloween.

Halloween is the one day out of the year that truly belongs to the children, the ones ages two to twelve, and the ones ages thirteen to 102 who refuse to grow up.  Halloween is the one night of the year when it is all right for each of us to return to the fantastic world of childhood, when we can allow make-believe things to scare us, and when we can dress up, be silly, and be ourselves – just as the children do.

So, here is to the children, both young and old, to the fantasies of youth, and to the one night when imagination knows no boundaries.  Here is to our holiday.  Here is to Halloween.

Happy Halloween!

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The Greatest Halloween Packaging of All Time

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In the history of mass-produced Halloween decorations, there have been many remarkable boxes and packages that have housed decorations both stellar and less-than-stellar.  However, there is no artwork that matches this beautifully macabre scene.

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Behold the morbid and the macabre!  What sort of heinous decoration could be housed in such a gruesome box?  There are bats, skeletons, zombie hands, graves, mausoleums, and spider webs…  and this is only the bottom of the box!

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Gruesome Ghoul Artwork

Gah!  Look at that drooling ghoul in his eternal shroud!  And what is that, a toppled cross below him?  This must really be some sort of sick and demented decoration.  But wait!  There’s more!

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Gruesome Ghoul Artwork

This must be the grimmest of reapers!  Look at that snake protruding from his eye socket!   He’s even wearing another serpent as a scarf!  Could whatever is inside this box be as terrifying as this?  Could it ever live up to the utter fear that this image inspires?

Believe it or not, this packaging is from a company called Funny Toys.  Funny Toys.  There doesn’t seem to be anything funny about this box.  Perhaps they should’ve called themselves “Great Packaging” instead.  Okay.  Okay.  You have waited long enough.  Here’s the big reveal, the “funny toy” that was inside of this petrifying packaging…

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1990 Funny Toys “Spooky Coffin” Animated Figure

 

Behold the Spooky Coffin, released in 1990!  For 1990, this probably was a pretty gruesome Halloween decoration: a miniature coffin, a vampire rising from it, creepy creaking sounds, menacing music playing, and evil laughter.  Taking all that into consideration, it was pretty advanced for its time.  One thing is for certain, they don’t make ’em like they used to…  And that includes the packaging!

 

Scary Soda and Chilling Chips

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There’s a spooky new soda in the city…  Halloween Crush: Eerie Orange!  Check out that vicious vampire and that happening haunted house.

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And Pringles is getting in on the frightful fun!  Check out this box of Pringles Singles complete with tombstones.  With 24 single-serving sized containers in each box, these would be great for Trick or Treaters.

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Halloween Pringles

The Creepiest Candy for Halloween ’16

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With so much candy out there, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what kind of candy will be both satisfying to Trick-or-Treaters and those who treat them.  The best suggestion is to get candy that you and your family enjoy!

This year, there are a few really cool offerings as well as some classic candy that you can never go wrong with!  This year, Hershey’s has decided to add recipes and ideas to the back of their Halloween candy bags as part of their “Celebrate with Hershey’s” campaign.  As such, when you pick up that bag of Kit Kats, York Peppermint Patties, or Reese’s, you will also be getting a cool idea to take your treats to the next level.

In addition to the treat tips, Hershey’s has revamped some of its candy bags.  Check out the penguins on the York Peppermint Pumpkins!

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2016 Halloween Candy Bags

Finally, Snickers is back with its ghost-laden X-Scream bars.  What is your favorite Halloween-themed candy?  Share it with us in the comments below!

The Best Halloween Decoration of 2016: Target’s Raven Clock

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So what is the best Halloween decoration of 2016?  Well, there are certainly a lot of great ones out there.  But taking price, size, and novelty into consideration, The Big Scare has decided the title of “Best Halloween Decoration” for the year 2016 goes to The Clock of Doom from Tekky Toys.  Available at Target, this spooky clock houses a talking raven who predicts doom for all who pass his way.  When activated, the minute hand spins, the clock face lights up blood red, and a talking raven’s head emerges from inside the clockworks.  The bird gives an ominous warning and then retreats back inside its haunted home.

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Target’s Clock of Doom

 

It’s a throwback to an earlier, simpler, yet more elegant type of Halloween.  More in line with the decorations of All Hallows’ past than the overwrought blood and gore of today, it really is a unique piece perfect for any home or haunt.  It also reminds us here at The Big Scare of The Munsters’ own spooky, kooky cookoo clock.  Retailing at $25.00, it’s the perfect price and size for any Halloween enthusiast.

Halloween Party Supplies: Now and Then

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Throwing a Halloween Happening this year?  You’re probably going to need a few scary supplies.  The Big Scare hit the pavement looking for the best Halloween paper products on the market this year…

If you are looking for something classic, elegant, and spooky, look no further than JoAnn Fabrics.  The creepy craft store is offering paper plates and napkins with this devilish design.

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Halloween Party Supplies at JoAnn Fabrics

 

However, The Big Scare does not believe only in looking to the present for scary supplies for your spooky shindig.  We managed to dig up some paper plates from 1993 featuring this fantastic phantom…  and some pretty nifty neons.

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1993 Unique Halloween Plates

 

To be honest, we can’t decide which is better, so we’re going to offer both and let our ghosts… er… guests decide.