Spook Spotter: Vintage Blow Mold Style Black Cat at Michael’s

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Available now at Michael’s, what is sure to be one of the best finds of the Halloween 2019 season, this hard plastic black cat, designed to look like a vintage blow mold.

Black Cat Blow Mold Michael's

Black Cat Blow Mold Michael’s

The cat, like a traditional blow mold, is hollow, but the plastic is thick and there is no place for a light even if you were to consider lighting it.  That being said, the design and paint is downright gorgeous, hearkening back to the decorations of Halloweens past.   The black cat is an original design that incorporates a rather familiar face.  The jack-o’-lantern on which the cat sits is the same face sculpt as the old Empire “Hobo Jack-o’-Lantern” blow mold.  This one of a kind, 15″ throwback decoration is available at Michael’s stores now for the price of $18.00.

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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…

 

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’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.

 

Spook Spotter: Grave Surprises, Franken-Families and More!

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Ghastly Greetings, Boils and Ghouls!   We’re baaaaaaaaaaaack with some of the best products available for purchase this Halloween season.

The following does not constitute an endorsement of any product or retailer.   It is for information purposes only.

Grave Solution

Hands down, the best tabletop animated Halloween prop available this year can be found at The Home Depot.  (A similar prop is also available at CVS).  Behold, the rising Grim Reaper and tombstone!

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Rising Grim Reaper Tabletop Animation

This beautiful, animated table-top piece is reminiscent of the old Telco Motion-ettes and the 1990s Gemmy line of animated figures.  It features a Grim Reaper that pops up from inside a gravestone.  When you push the button or make a loud sound, the Reaper will rise from the grave and utter eerie phrases of doom, accompanied by a soundtrack of haunting music and crashing thunder.  Not only do the Reaper’s eyes illuminate, the tombstone also puts on a fairly elaborate light show, probably intended to be lightning to go with all of that scary thunder.

There are also some other great items out there that we feel you have to know about, including a set of Wilton candy cake decorations featuring Frankenstein, the Bride, and their family.  These can be purchased at Target.  Another must-mention item is the Halloween party plate and napkin set that is available for purchase at Rite Aid.  Check ’em out!

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And let us know what cool products you have found this year by leaving a message in the creepy Comments section below!

Spook Spotter: Masks and Vintage Decorations

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Halloween 2015 is brimming with creepy creations in all sections of the retail market.  From kooky candy to dastardly decorations, there is a lot to track down.  That’s why we’re here: to make the whole process scarily simple.

The following does not constitute an endorsement of any product or retailer.   It is for information purposes only.

Monstrous Masks

Over the past few years, Trick or Treat Studios has gone from a relatively unknown mask maker to Halloween royalty.  They have been able to secure deals with major property-holders, unleashing latex creations beyond imagination.  From Bela Lugosi’s Dracula to Michael Myers to King Kong, Trick or Treat has captured a significant corner of the Halloween market.  Three of the most exciting masks they are offering up are the Halloween III masks, pictured below.  As you can see, the Pumpkin, Witch, and Skull look nearly identical to the Don Post counterparts as they appeared in the original film.  Check out the complete 2015 catalog of creeps on the Trick or Treat website.

Halloween III Masks from Trick or Treat Studios

Halloween III Masks from Trick or Treat Studios

Beastly Beistle

Another giant of the Halloween season, Beistle, is finding new life in its century-old library of Halloween art.  It is re-releasing several of its old Halloween cutout and die-cut decorations.  From honeycombs to cardboard wall-art, Beistle hasseveral vintage reproduction decorations on its website.  You may want to check it out, especially if you are planning a vintage-themed Halloween happening.

Beistle Reproduction

Beistle Reproduction

Spook Spotter: The Best Halloween Decorations of 2015 II

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Welcome, foolish mortals, to The Big Scare’s 2015 Countdown to Halloween.  Every other day, from now through October 31, we will be posting preposterously posthumous ponderings of the Halloween season.  We begin October with another installment of the Spook Spotter.

The following does not constitute an endorsement of any product or retailer.   It is for information purposes only.

World of Gods and Monsters

Last year, Cost Plus World Market debuted a line of officially licensed Universal Monsters dinnerware featuring The Frankenstein Monster and his Bride.  This year, they are expanding the line with all new platters, ceramic plates, and mugs.  World Market also carries vintage soda bottles featuring the creature and his mate, lollipops with The Mummy and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, as well as Bride of Frankenstein tote bags.  What’s really creepily cool is the fact that the ceramic plate of Frankenstein’s monster features an image of Glenn Strange in the role as opposed to Boris Karloff.  Glenn Strange as Frankenstein is more iconic and recognizable to Monster kids, as it was Strange, not Karloff, who was featured on the Monster Craze merchandise of the 1960s.  Hopefully we will see more Universal Monsters at World Market next year.  Perhaps they can cut a deal with Bela Lugosi, Jr. next year and do a Dracula line of dinnerware.  “I never drink…” wine glasses, anyone?

Bride of Frankenstein Plate (World Market)

Bride of Frankenstein Plate (World Market)

More of the Night He Came Home

HomeGoods (A TJX Company) has come through again this year with some amazingly haunting display pieces for your home of horrors.  Take a look at this skull pumpkin, very reminiscent of the jack-o’-lantern featured in the opening sequence of John Carpenter’s Halloween II.  This terrifying display piece features a dramatic display of color-changing illumination.  Perfect for any fan of Halloween or Halloween.  Other pieces for sale at the TJX stores include spooky busts, haunted miniature hearses, snow globes, and glass pumpkin candle holders (pictured in the gallery at the end of our post).

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Mind-Blowing Blow Molds

The final item featured in our Spook Spotter today is a mind-blowing find – a vintage blow mold cat and jack-o’-lantern being carried at…  Wait for it…  Walmart.

The king of big box stores is carrying mass-produced reproduction vintage blow molds.  The first of these is the famous Hobo Jack-O’-Lantern.  The next is the cat with the jack-o’-lantern on its back (pictured here).

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Vintage Reproduction Blow Mold (Walmart)

These blow molds have not been seen in dime stores in years, but now they are back.  Granted, they aren’t 10 cents anymore, but they are better than 99% of the other Halloween decorations out there and definitely worth the $9.00 price tag.

Now, check out other great finds from this season in our ghastly gallery…