An All Hallows’ Toast 2017

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Thank you for joining us for the 2017 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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Spooky Soda

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The Universal Monsters and Pepsi have a long history together, but this year, the classic monsters joined the ranks of the competition.  This year, the Coca-Cola company featured images of the iconic monsters on its Fanta line of flavored sodas.  While we were not able to track down any of these near us, perhaps you had better luck…

FANTA UNIVERSAL MONSTERS

 

And 7-Up returned with more monster sodas this year.  These creepy little dudes have been on 7-Up products for a few years now, but we at the Big Scare believe these are the best incarnations of them so far…

spooky soda

Bats in the Belfry and Movie Posters Come to Life: More Awesome Decor

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Target Bat in a Cage (Center)

Target Bat in a Cage (Center)

 

It’s almost here…  Halloween 2017.  But before we give up the ghost for the season, we had to tell you about a few more dazzling decorations for your haunted home.  After all, there are only a few more days to make sure you have everything you need to scare the treaters…

First is the Skull in the Jack-O’-Lantern from Kroger which is quite reminiscent of the Halloween II movie poster.  This is an amazing sculpture with super-bright orange-red LED lights.  Right now, it is on sale at your local Kroger or Fred Meyer.

Halloween II Jack-O'-Lantern

Halloween II Jack-O’-Lantern

 

Next up is a really amazing prop from Target that we failed to mention in our Monsterville post…  This bat in a cage is really well-done.  With a perfect soundtrack of thunder, lightning, and wing-flapping, this little devil comes to life when you pass by or make a loud sound.  Its eyes light up, its wings flap, and lightning flashes, illuminating the true horror that is this little creature of the night…

Howling Home Depot: Werewolf Motionette

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Home Depot always has a fang-tastic selection of Halloween decorations, and this year is no exception.  But, perhaps, the greatest offering this year is a new spin on a blast from the past.  For the past few years, Home Depot has carried a line of 3-foot animated Halloween figures, very similar to the Telco Motionettes of Halloween.  While the designs have always been fun and creative, one piece really stands out this year…  The Werewolf!

Home Depot Werewolf

Home Depot Werewolf

 

This figure has an awesome design, great movement, and an eerie howling soundtrack.  Its fierce lighted eyes and moving jaw really make this a one-of-a-kind piece, earning it the Big Scare’s “Best Halloween Decoration of 2017” award.  Check out the action shots of the figure below and tell us what you have found in stores that has you excited…

 

Creepy Kroger: Halloween Finds at Your Local Grocer

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Kroger is the largest grocery chain in America and operates food stores under various names including Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, Ralph’s, and Smith’s.  They usually carry a decent selection of Halloween-themed food products, and this year is no different.  Check out the great Halloween Tombstone Pizzas featuring Dracula and Frankenstein…

Tombstone Halloween Pizza

Tombstone Halloween Pizza

 

In addition to offering up frightful food offerings, they have a number of devilish decor items that are also quite unique.  Check out this miniature haunted house.  It is one of three illuminated haunted house designs available.

 

Kroger Lighted Haunted House Figure

Kroger Lighted Haunted House Figure

 

And check out this awesome pumpkin carving kit.  Unlike the usual pumpkin carving kit that may offer only a saw and a scoop, this is a full-blow playset.  This Pumpkin Pro Carve-a-Scene pack includes a saw, strobe light, ghost picks, and a grave yard.  Instead of carving a face, you carve a window into your pumpkin and use the decorations to build a scene.  How cool is that?

 

Pumpkin Pro Carve-a-Scene Pumpkin Kit with Ghosts and Graveyard

Pumpkin Pro Carve-a-Scene Pumpkin Kit with Ghosts and Graveyard

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 

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!