Get Your Halloween Party Started

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Halloween Party Supplies

Halloween Party Supplies

 

It’s time to start planning those Halloween parties.  Here are a few ghoulish goodies, now available in stores, that can really bring your Halloween shindig to life… or death:

  • Pillsbury Halloween Funfetti Cake Mix
  • Hershey’s Tombstones, York Peppermint Pumpkins, and Reese’s Pumpkins Treat Pack
  • Trader Joe’s Halloween Joe Joe’s and Pumpkin Joe Joe’s
  • Trader Joe’s Haunted House Kit
  • Lay’s Halloween Snack Pack (Vampire, Skeleton, and Werewolf designs)
  • Trader Joe’s Ghost and Bat Potato Crisps
  • Count Chocula Treat Bars (available at Target)
  • Dollar Tree Haunted House Plates
  • Franz Bake Shop Vampire O’s “Bloody” Raspberry Filled Doughnuts
  • Franz Bake Shop Zombie O’s Green Chocolate-Covered Doughnuts 

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TJ Maxx, HomeGoods and Ross… Oh My!

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The discount stores are offering up a whole slew of creepy creeps this year, mostly in the form of decorative Halloween busts and statues.  Two of the best are the Headless Horseman statue and the Frankenstein’s Monster bust.

First up is the Headless Horseman statue.  Available at Ross, this beautiful statue is quite heavy and elegantly sculpted.  It has more detail than the Horseman statues released at HomeGoods several years ago, and it is also a bit bigger.  It also features a lighted pumpkin head.  Coming in at $14.99, it’s a real steal.

Headless Horseman Statue

Headless Horseman Statue

 

Next up is the Frankenstein’s Monster bust sold at TJX stores.  Available at select HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, and Marshall’s stores, this Frankenstein bust is a re-release of a bust from last year, but it has an all-new paint job.  Bearing a strong resemblance to our favorite man-made monster from 1931, this bust features gruesome green paint and lighted LED eyes.  A bit more pricey than the Headless Horseman, the Monster bust is definitely heavy and quite worth the price of $34.99.

 

Now it’s your turn.  Tell us what you have found at the discount stores this season!

Michael’s Madness: The New Spooky Town

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Fans of Lemax and the Spooky Town series have a lot to love this year at Michael’s.  The whole village seems to be revitalized with all new lighting features.  The two standout pieces this year are The Mad Pumpkin Patch and The Haunted Mansion.

Lemax Spooky Town Mad Pumpkin Patch

Lemax Spooky Town Mad Pumpkin Patch

 

The Mad Pumpkin Patch is a really phenomenal piece with super bright LED lighting, an awesome audio track, and an amazing twirling pumpkin on top of the silo.

Lemax Spooky Town Haunted Mansion

Lemax Spooky Town Haunted Mansion

 

One of the dark horse pieces this year is The Haunted Mansion.  It is a quiet an unassuming piece under the harsh florescent store lighting, but the piece really shines when put on display.  This haunted home feature all new exterior lighting, which is a huge improvement over past offerings.  Here’s to hoping Lemax continues to create similarly spooky abodes that bring lighting to the next level.

You can check out the entire line of Spooky Town products at your local Michael’s.  However, you had better hurry, as they are almost all gone!

Michael Myers Halloween Model Kit

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If you enjoy making Monster Models, there are a number of unique kits that have been released over the past few years, and a few that have just been released, including a brand new Creature from the Black Lagoon.

One kit really stood out to us.  “From the original John Carpenter Halloween, Michael Myers is yours to build!”

 

 

A flickering LED light and battery pack is included “to give the pumpkin a spooky glow just in time for Halloween.” This is a 1/8 scale kit, standing approximately 9 inches tall when completely assembled.  And when it is finished, it a real beauty!  We at the Big Scare highly recommend this kit, as it would make a great Halloween project for you and yours!

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Countdown to Halloween Begins… Weird Walmart

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Greetings, foolish mortals!  Our official 2017 Countdown to Halloween begins today.  But, we want to make sure you have seen our special September post for the Universal Monsters “Monsterville” line of decor and costumes at Target.  These are, hands down, the most exciting finds of the season.

Today, however, we are highlighting another major retailer…  Walmart.  This year, their selection of scares is a bit disappointing, but there are some real treasures hidden in the eerie aisles.

First, is this amazing vintage-style black cat mask.  It’s backlit and glows bright.  It is much larger than the traditional vacuform masks of yesteryear, but a bit smaller than the wall masks offered by Retro-a-go-go… and a lot cheaper.  At less than ten bucks, it’s an absolute steal.

Backlit Vintage Mask

Backlit Vintage Mask

 

Next, we have two very vintage figures.  These items are real gems and a perfect price, coming in less than three dollars.

Vintage Walmart Halloween Figures

Vintage Walmart Halloween Figures

 

And finally, check out this great unlicensed Universal Monsters Rice Krispies Treats kit!  We’ll let you know how they turn out in a few weeks…

Rice Krispies Treats Monsters

Rice Krispies Treats Monsters

We’ll see you in a few days with another Halloween update.  Remember to stick with the Big Scare all October-long.  We’ll have more fun decorations, treats, and more that you will definitely want to add to your haunted house for 2017!

 

 

Monsterville: Target’s Universal Monsters Line

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For those of you who don’t know, Monsterville is Target’s new line of officially licensed Monster Movie merchandise featuring the Universal Monsters.

I have managed to get mostly every piece I can find, and I can’t tell you how awesome they are. These are the best Halloween decorations I have found in a big box store in years! Not only do they have movie-accurate likenesses, but they play dialog from the films and trailers… Plus the stuff is just genuinely well-designed. Here’s what I have found so far.

First up is the Boris Karloff Mummy Head, probably the best piece. It moves side to side, the eyes light up, and it plays phrases from the movie and trailer when you walk by..

Target Monsterville Universal Monsters Mummy Talking Head

Target Monsterville Universal Monsters Mummy Talking Head

 

Next are the Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein Cloches (globes) The burning windmill is one of the best Halloween decorations I’ve ever owned. Such amazing detail! And the sound effects are great. The LEDs in these are super bright. They light up the whole room!

 

The Frankenstein, Mummy, and Creature Screamers are really awesome and a great steal at 5 bucks each! They each play about three movie phrases, lasting about 10 seconds each. The Mummy and Creature are my favorites. Really awesome little shelf-sitters! Again, these are crazy bright!

Target Monsterville Universal Monsters Frankenstein Mummy Creature from the Black Lagoon Screamers

Target Monsterville Universal Monsters Frankenstein Mummy Creature from the Black Lagoon Screamers

 

The Frankenstein Door Greeter moves its eyes and mouth, says spooky phrases, and lights up as it greets Trick-or-Treaters at the door!

Target Monsterville Universal Monsters Frankenstein Door Greeter

Target Monsterville Universal Monsters Frankenstein Door Greeter

 

Finally is another great piece, the Frankenstein Head in Dome. This is a really beautiful piece. Fantastic sound and lights, but an even better Karloff Monster sculpt. Sooooo cool! I cannot recommend these enough!

Feel free to post your finds here!

 

 

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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