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.
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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?
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).
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).
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…