Scary Soda and Chilling Chips

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There’s a spooky new soda in the city…  Halloween Crush: Eerie Orange!  Check out that vicious vampire and that happening haunted house.

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And Pringles is getting in on the frightful fun!  Check out this box of Pringles Singles complete with tombstones.  With 24 single-serving sized containers in each box, these would be great for Trick or Treaters.

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Halloween Pringles

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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.

 

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!