Spook Spotter: Dollar Finds: Creepy Cloth

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There are a lot of options available to haunt the tables, walls and countertops in your home.  From black draperies to cheesecloth to patterned fabrics, the options for adding that extra bit of spookiness to your Halloween display seem limitless.  Recently, black and gray cheesecloth-esque materials, complete with strategically placed holes, have become big in the decorating world.  You have probably seen the stuff in a variety of catalogs, superstores, and Halloween specialty shops.  And some retailers have charged rather high prices for the material.  Now The Dollar Tree is offering its own option — Creepy Cloth.

This material is basically the same type of fabric you see in Halloween stores, but it’s only a dollar.  While specialty stores will charge about nine dollars for a package, Dollar Tree is offering it for a buck.  And while you certainly don’t get as much as you do at the other stores, purchasing a few of these packages will surely do the job you need done, and you probably will still end up saving.  But, in the end, you have to decide how much you need for your home and which option is the best for you.  As for us, one package from The Dollar Tree covered that one empty shelf that needed that extra bit of “Eek!”

Let us know what you think of this offering in the comments below!

And we will see you back here on Monday with all new content!

Spook Spotter: Modern Horror Decor: Jason Candle Holder, Air Blown Freddy, More!

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While we spend a lot of time at The Big Scare discussing the monsters from the Golden Age of Hollywood, it would be unfair to discount the mark (or marks!) that have been left by the fiends of modern Horrors.  Where would we be without Michael Myers and his mask?  Freddy Krueger and his glove?  Jason Voorhees and his mother?  The fact of the matter is that they have become as much a part of our favorite season as Dracula and werewolves.  As such, there is some interesting new merchandise featuring these modern monsters this Halloween season.

While we haven’t seen any of the following items in person, we invite you to hunt them down, check them out and decide for yourself just how cool they are.  Share your comments below!

First up is one of the most unique items we have seen for the Friday the 13th franchise — a Jason candle holder!  This is one of the first “classic” tabletop items we have ever seen for any of these modern monsters.

If you like outdoor air-blown displays, you may enjoy this one featuring Freddy.

And last, but not least, Michael Myers Halloween Luminaries!

What do you think of them?  Have you found others?  Tell us in the comments section!

Spook Spotter: Who’s In? Owl is In!

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This glittery owl figure was picked up at Michael’s.

In recent years, you may have noticed a significant increase in the amount of our feathered friends on store shelves.  Places like JoAnn Fabrics and Michael’s Arts and Crafts are continuing the trend this year, with a specific emphasis on the most inquisitive bird of all — owls.

Yes, a visit to almost any retailer this Halloween season will surely bring with it some owl sightings.  They come in all shapes and sizes and in a variety of different formats.  From beautiful to spooky, these night fliers are big!

Now you may be wondering why owls have long been associated with Halloween.  Owls have a long-running history with the sinister side of nature, especially in ancient folklore.  The Romans and the English both held beliefs that owls were in league with dark forces.  Owls were night hunters and that surely meant that they were creatures of the Underworld.  Their silent soaring, their loud screeching… all things to be feared in the cultures of old.  The associations have carried through to the modern day.  And while we now think of owls in more pleasant situations, they still maintain a strong association with night — and, as such, they are symbolic of Halloween.

So this year, you may want to pick up an owl to add a bit of wisdom to your Haunted Home.

Finding the Best Halloween Deals

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One of our newest features is called “Swoop’s Scoop,” brought to you by our new friend, Swoop the Bat.  Swoop’s Scoop lets you in on upcoming merchandise of interest to fans of Horror and Halloween, and also gives you the scoop on some of the most affordable finds of the Halloween season.  Look forward to this feature throughout the coming weeks.  Our first installment is a basic overview of where you can track down some really awesome Halloween deals.

Many people believe that the only time you can get great offers on Halloween merchandise is on November 1.  That thinking is flawed.  While that may be the case most of the time at the big box retailers, there are great Halloween deals all season long at discounters.

Ross and Tuesday Morning both offer high quality items at 50-70% off their original retail prices.  You can expect to find everything from snowglobes to vintage reproduction pieces at these “boo-tiques.”  In addition, these types of stores have been known to get shipments from mainstream manufacturers like Department 56 and Annalee.

In addition, Big Lots has its own unique lineup of Halloween merchandise, offering markdowns on items that are similar to those you would find at major retailers and specialty stores.  Looking for skull lights or pumpkin path finders?  What about spooky signs and yard decorations?  They have all of these items and more!

Another place to get great deals on Halloween is one you probably wouldn’t expect – the Halloween specialty store.  In larger cities, there are entire facilities dedicated to discounted Halloween costumes and decorations.  But if your city doesn’t have one of these haunts, you may want to check with the mainstream Halloween stores.  Many places, like Spirit, offer select merchandise from previous years at discounted rates, so it’s definitely worth asking one of the sales associates if  a discount section exists.

Well that covers our overview.  Swoop will be back with posts about great finds all season long, so bookmark us or subscribe!

Welcome to the 2012 Halloween Season!

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Welcome, old friends and new, to The Big Scare, the site that prepares you for all of the tricks and treats in store this upcoming season.  We have a variety of terrifying topics to cover, so let’s waste no time.

First of all, let’s discuss the posting schedule.  Throughout August, we will be sharing updates every Wednesday, the day upon which Halloween falls this year.   Beginning September 3, we will be posting each weekday, providing you with decorating ideas,  haunted histories, as well as links to some of the most interesting (and eerie) items available to purchase this season in our Spook Spotter.  But why wait ’til then?  There’s already a number of finds that Spook the Cat is waiting to dig his claws into…

Let’s start with the biggies.  Many of you enjoy collecting life-sized animatronic figures and displaying them around your haunted homes and personal cemeteries.  This year, we have heard about some interesting ones, including an officially licensed Wicked Witch of the West and a limb-ripping werewolf.  Both will be available at Spirit Halloween Superstores.

For those of you who enjoy the more quaint – and smaller – Halloween fare, we suggest you take a look at the new figures and buildings available from Lemax.  Michael’s Arts and Crafts stores already are displaying their Spooky Town items.  If you haven’t had a chance to see the display in your local retailer, you can check out the offerings here.

Now let’s give you some updates on past Spook Spotter items.  We previously announced the release of a Bride of Frankenstein model from Moebius Models.  That item is now available, and you can order it here.   Secondly, we mentioned another series of  Dark Shadows action figures.  Those have been delayed until 2013, but it looks as if they are still being produced.  We will keep you updated.  In addition, all of the Universal Monster items from Diamond Select and Mezco are on schedule, and many of them will be released this fall.  We will let you know when they hit shelves.

Finally, you have probably noticed some changes around here, aesthetically speaking.  We are pleased to announce that we have a whole new cast of characters who will be helping dismember… disseminate, rather… all of the Haunted Headlines.  You’ve already met Spook the Cat.  Look forward to hearing from his friends Luna the Wolf, Eek the Owl, Swoop the Bat and a whole slew of others who are just dying to meet you!

Well, that does it for this week.  Check back next week when we share some insight on tracking down great Halloween items at low prices!