Pumpkin Season

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October is a time for pumpkin patches and hayrides.  On this cool October day, enjoy this gallery of pumpkin photos.

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All that (Retail) Remains

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There are a few more Halloween items we would like to let you know about before the end of this spooky season.

A creepy and cool item is this faux-flame jack-o’-lantern that is sold at Lowe’s.  This ghoulish guy looks like one of those new age fireplaces when turned on, making for quite the lighted spooktacular.  It’s like a Halloween bonfire is burning inside of him.  Eerie and impressive all the same.

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Lowe’s Faux-Flame Jack-o’-Lantern

 

SONY DSCNext is a very unique item from Dollar Tree.  Dollar Tree and similar discount retailers are the ones most likely to have really cool items that other major retailers simply won’t stock.  Take for example this beautiful 5 ft. jointed vampiress cutout.  Now who could this possibly be?  Looks like it’s Sam Dracula’s Daughter, a resident of 1313 Mockingbird Lane, doesn’t she?

This beautiful, fully-jointed homage to the classic monster sitcom is available for the modest retail price of $1.00.  Here’s hoping more like her pop up in the next few years.  We wouldn’t mind having the whole Munsters Family lining our haunted halls.  Would you?

The Meaning of Halloween | An All Hallows Toast 2015

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Thank you for checking in with us during our 2015 Countdown to Halloween!  We shall see you all next year…  Until then…

Mothers have a holiday.  Fathers do too.  Veterans, the United States of America, laborers, pilgrims, grandparents, and Jesus all have holidays.  But do the children have one, a day that is all their own?  Yes.  Yes, they do.

There exists one night each year when the children make the rules, when they use their imaginations to the fullest, when they are given free reign of their worlds, when every door opened offers the opportunity for reward.  That night is Halloween.

Halloween is the one day out of the year that truly belongs to the children, the ones ages two to twelve, and the ones ages thirteen to 102 who refuse to grow up.  Halloween is the one night of the year when it is all right for each of us to return to the fantastic world of childhood, when we can allow make-believe things to scare us, and when we can dress up, be silly, and be ourselves – just as the children do.

So, here is to the children, both young and old, to the fantasies of youth, and to the one night when imagination knows no boundaries.  Here is to our holiday.  Here is to Halloween.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

 

Halloween Cardboard Die-Cut Gallery: Creatures of the Night

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The Big Scare is proud to announce the final installment of this year’s Halloween Cardboard Die-Cut Gallery.  We hope you have enjoyed all of the frightening images you have seen here.  We will be back with even more images next year.  Until then, take in the terror-ific sights of these Halloween frights.  We’ll be back in two days with another post.

 

Halloween Cardboard Die-Cut Gallery: Jack-O’-Lanterns

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Greetings, Boils and Ghouls!  Today we continue our series on The Big Scare featuring images that will bring the Halloweens of Yesteryear to electric life!  Today, we highlight the magic of the Jack-O’-Lantern.  Enjoy these boo-tiful creations.

Halloween Cardboard Die-Cut Gallery: Witches

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They call it the season of the witch, so what better Halloween character to feature in today’s gallery than that of the Wicked Witch!

Evil Green Witch

Today’s gallery features depictions of the craftiest old crones in the history of Halloween.  The images seen here were produced from the early 20th century through the 1980s by a variety of manufacturers.  There are certain traits that most of the witches share.  Green complexions, long noses, warts, and capes appear on several of the witches in the gallery, and nearly all of them are seen riding brooms.  (The association between witches and brooms stretches back the Dark Ages where the first images of witches riding brooms were depicted on elaborately illustrated manuscripts.)  And while the broom is but one of a series of similarities, there’s really only one thing that all of the images truly have in common: the tall, pointy hat.  That conical hat was first associated with witches in the early 18th century; it became popular in Victorian storybooks, was donned by the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, and, as such, has remained a staple of the witch’s wardrobe ever since.

Now that you have been educated on the origins of these witches’ outfits, feel free to delight in the devilment of the delightful die-cut art!

Spook Spotter: The Best Halloween Candy of 2015

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We hope you are enjoying our Countdown to Halloween.  As always, we’d love to hear your freaky feedback.  Please be certain to share your thoughts with us in the comments section.  We love hearing from our ghastly guests!

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

When it comes to Halloween Treats, this is an exceptional year!  Not only is there a wide array of Halloween candy available this year, but many retailers are stocking up on candy assortments in special Halloween packaging.  Target has a variety of Halloween-themed bags, while Walmart has awfully awesome boxes in which it is displaying the candy.  Today, we’re featuring some of the best candy assortments of the season.

One of the best assortments is available at Target.  The Hershey’s Halloween shapes, four-candy assortment features Hershey’s Chocolate Tombstones, Hershey’s Cookies ‘n Creme Tombstones, Reese’s Pumpkins, and York Peppermint Pumpkins.  This classic combination will create a smile on even the most forlorn of fiends.

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Hershey’s Candy

Meanwhile, Hershey’s Miniatures, featuring Hershey’s Chocolate, Special Dark Chocolate, Mr. Goodbar, and Krackle, have had an autumnal facelift.  These classic candies, which have come in special fall wrappers for many years, now feature forest friends like squirrels and owls.  Nestle Crunch has partnered with the Peanuts.  The chocolate bars now showcase various Peanuts characters on the packaging and the chocolate itself.  “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” is the centerpiece of a larger, individually-packaged Crunch bar.  And Snickers has a spooky new fun-size bar: the X-Scream bar.  Palmer has a terrific Trick or Treat assortment, featuring Double-Crisp Witches, Fudge-Filled Skulls, and Peanut Butter Pumpkins.  You can see the detail in the gallery below.  Plus, Kit Kat is back with its Halloween-themed bars.  Check out all of these great chocolate concoctions and share your favorites below!