Halloween Highlights: Vintage Vampires

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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.

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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.

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Eureka “The Count” Jointed Cutout

 

All that (Retail) Remains

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Headless Horseman Statue from HomeGoods

 

Michael’s Monstrous Merchandise

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Trader Joe’s Spooky Selection

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Trader Joe’s has been bringing Halloween delight to customers for several years now.  This year, the store has really outdone itself, though.  In addition to the Haunted House Cookie Kit and the traditional Pumpkin and Halloween cookie varieties (called Joe-Joe’s), they are now offering Trader Joe’s Ghosts and Bats potato crisps!  These crunchy potato snacks comes shaped like the Halloween staples that are their namesake.

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Trader Joe’s Halloween Assortment

As an added bonus, the packaging for both the Haunted House kit and the Halloween Joe Joe’s comes with artwork found on vintage Halloween postcards.  Now if that doesn’t get you in the Halloween Spirit, I don’t know what will!

Haunting Your Local Post Office

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They’re heeeeeeeeeeeeeeere!  For the first time since 1997, the United States Postal Service is unveiling an eerie series of stamps just in time for Halloween!  Check out these great jack-o’-lantern designs which have already made their USPS debut!

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This is the first time the United States Post Office has released an official series of stamps for Halloween.  You may recall the series of Universal Studios Monsters stamps that came out in 1997.  While they were definitely set to be released during the season of the witch, they were never an official Halloween release.  These stamps clearly are.  So, head down to your local USPS to get this first book of Halloween stamps and celebrate this momentous occasion!  The All American Holiday finally gets the recognition it deserves from an All American Institution!