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…

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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

Dinner on Halloween Night

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The real question on Halloween night isn’t “What’s for dessert?”  It’s “What’s for dinner?”

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There are a variety of options out there when it comes to dining on Halloween night, before all of the trick or treating festivities begin.  Many folks opt for a traditional dinner.  They eat whatever they normally would before heading out for Ghost Night.  Some, however, get a little more festive.  They order special treats, like the Papa Murphy’s Jack-O’-Lantern Pizza.

But there are plenty of other options!  One thing is for certain, no Halloween dinner would be complete without the “Official Drink of Halloween”….  Chocolate Milk.  This year, Kroger stores are selling bottles of the creepy concoction with a “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” theme.  Paired with some Bat-Shaped Chicken Nuggets from Banquet…  That sounds like three cheers from The Wolf Man to me.

Universal Monsters Week | Monster Hot Wheels & New Stock Art

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The official Universal Studios Monsters are back from the grave, this time adorning some sweet rides from Hot Wheels.  These creepy cars are now available at select grocery stores, such as certain Kroger stores and Winco, and will probably be found in the Halloween aisles.  In total there are six vehicles: Creature from the Black Lagoon Low Flow, Dracula Neet Streeter, Bride of Frankenstein ’59 Cadillac Funny Car, Frankenstein Double Demon Delivery, The Wolf Man Volkswagen T1 Panel Bus (not pictured) and The Mummy 1934 Chrysler Airflow (not pictured).

Universal Monsters Hot Wheels

And what is interesting about them is that they feature new artwork for our Monster friends.  Instead of the horrible CGI monstrosities created at the beginning of the last decade, these monster toys feature characters with a more “hand-illustrated” look.  And while none of them look much like the original characters (or, God forbid, actors), it is a step in the right direction, even if it means eliminating the Wolf Man’s dog snout (poor choice, indeed, Universal).  Perhaps these line-art versions of the Monsters will be seen on other products in the future.  Maybe the CGI-looking, computer-drawn abominations from 2002 will finally be gone forever…  Only time will tell.  All I know is that I’d give almost anything to have these 1997 versions back.  Or the 1991 Monsters…  Or the Aurora Monster Model art…  But anything is better than the ones we’ve had to endure for the past decade.  That is certain.  We’ll be back Friday with our final look at the Universal Monster products of 2013.