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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


Halloween Highlights: Vintage Vampires


There are few monsters more closely associated with Halloween than the Vampire.  Vampires have been haunting our nightmares even before Bram Stoker unleashed Dracula upon the world in 1897.  Since the first printing of the famous vampire novel, Dracula has been haunting our nightmares for over a century.  Most famously portrayed by Bela Lugosi in the 1931 screen adaptation, Dracula is the quintessential creature of the night.  Featured today are two vintage Halloween decorations featuring the undead count.

First is a vintage Halloween cutout of Bela Lugosi in his most famous role.  This Halloween decoration was released by the C.A. Reed Company in the early 1980s.


Bela Lugosi Dracula Cardboard Cutout


Next up is a large, jointed Dracula from Eureka, originally marketed as “The Count – 55″ Jointed Halloween Decoration.”  This cutout was released in the late 1970s.


Eureka “The Count” Jointed Cutout


All that (Retail) Remains


There are a few more Halloween items we would like to let you know about before the end of this spooky season.

A creepy and cool item is this faux-flame jack-o’-lantern that is sold at Lowe’s.  This ghoulish guy looks like one of those new age fireplaces when turned on, making for quite the lighted spooktacular.  It’s like a Halloween bonfire is burning inside of him.  Eerie and impressive all the same.


Lowe’s Faux-Flame Jack-o’-Lantern


SONY DSCNext is a very unique item from Dollar Tree.  Dollar Tree and similar discount retailers are the ones most likely to have really cool items that other major retailers simply won’t stock.  Take for example this beautiful 5 ft. jointed vampiress cutout.  Now who could this possibly be?  Looks like it’s Sam Dracula’s Daughter, a resident of 1313 Mockingbird Lane, doesn’t she?

This beautiful, fully-jointed homage to the classic monster sitcom is available for the modest retail price of $1.00.  Here’s hoping more like her pop up in the next few years.  We wouldn’t mind having the whole Munsters Family lining our haunted halls.  Would you?

Haunted HomeGoods


One of the best retailers to find menacing merchandise is HomeGoods, part of the TJX chain of stores which also includes TJ Maxx and Marhsall’s.  This year, HomeGoods has a few items that will be sure to satisfy even the most savvy of home haunters.

First is this fantastic vintage-style Halloween bucket fashioned in the shape of a black cat’s head.  This fiendish feline is extremely reminiscent of the papier mache Halloween treat pails from the early 20th century.


Vintage Style Black Cat Treat Bucket from HomeGoods


In addition to some vintage-style decor, HomeGoods is also offering a  variety of boo-tiful busts and statues.  One of the most popular is the Headless Horseman statue.  This year, the Horseman comes in two colors (silver or black) as well as two sizes.  The smaller one is perfect for a book shelf, while the larger one would be great for an entryway.


Headless Horseman Statue from HomeGoods


Michael’s Monstrous Merchandise


As usual, one of the coolest places to find petrifying products is at Michael’s Arts and Crafts.  This year, Michael’s continues with its Spooky Town line of haunted houses and village accessories from Lemax.


New Addition to the Lemax Spooky Town Collection


But Spooky Town isn’t the only musty must-have at Michael’s this year.  Check out this Witchy Woman Tabletop piece and the Raven candle holders.


Michael’s Haunted Home Decor


Both the centerpiece and candle holders come in alternative styles.  There is a black cat centerpiece and the candle holders also come with bat bases.


World Market’s Frankenstein Collection


The Universal Studios Monsters are invading Cost Plus World Market once again this year with some truly astounding additions to their home entertaining and decor collection.  The new offerings feature the Frankenstein family: the man, the monster, and the mate!  A brand new tote bag featuring the likeness of the great Colin Clive (Dr. Frankenstein) on the front and Boris Karloff (The Monster) and Elsa Lanchester (The Bride) on the reverse is available in stores now.


Universal Studios Monsters Home Decor at World Market

In addition to the new tote, a fang-tastic series of pillows is also on sale.  They feature Dr. Frankenstein, Fritz (his mad assistant portrayed by the amazing Dwight Frye), and the Glenn Strange Frankenstein Monster.

The pillows join several new trays, platters, and even coasters.  These designs are available online as well as at local World Market retailers.