Halloween Treats: Little Debbie Bat Brownies

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We here at The Big Scare are always looking forward to new Halloween treats.  And this year, the folks at Little Debbie have already supplied us with some — Bat Brownies!  While we must confess we were addicted to Little Debbie’s pumpkin pastries for a bit, we recovered and were able to move on with our lives.  Now Little Debbie has released this new Halloween-themed goodie.  We tried to resist making the purchase, but couldn’t.  While we were certain that the Bat Brownies tasted like traditional chocolate-flavored, pre-packaged pastries, the shape sold us and we had to pick up a package.

While we were right about the flavor and texture, and we still wish that the frosting would have been a little creamier, the unique design of these treats made us content with our purchase.  Each package comes with 6 individually wrapped chocolate “bats.”  So while they probably wouldn’t work for the millions of Treaters that come to your door on Halloween night, they may work well as a special treat in your child’s lunch or as a spooky indulgence on your part… especially if you are a recovering pumpkin pastry-aholic, like the authors of this article.

If you should pick these up, share your thoughts in the comments.  If not, tell us the name of your favorite Halloween treat below!

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Spook Spotter: Disney Villains on Parade

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The mistresses of mayhem are on the loose this Halloween.  After a long absence, Disney’s most villainous ladies have returned in rather spectacular form.  The Disney Store is offering a variety of merchandise featuring their likenesses.  Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Ursula and Cruella de Vil are among the featured creatures.  Currently, Disney Stores are offering stationary, cards, plush, ornaments and figures of these Villains, as well as others.  (Two of these figures are pictured below.)

In addition, a special Designer Collection of Disney Villains will debut in September.  The crown jewel of this release is a six doll set featuring completely updated looks for the ladies of villainy.  You can read more information on this exclusive doll collection at Disney’s retail blog.

Remember, our daily Halloween updates begin Monday September 3.  We can’t wait to see you then!  In the meantime, tell us who your favorite Disney Villain is…  Add a comment below!

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!