Get Your Halloween Party Started

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Halloween Party Supplies

Halloween Party Supplies

 

It’s time to start planning those Halloween parties.  Here are a few ghoulish goodies, now available in stores, that can really bring your Halloween shindig to life… or death:

  • Pillsbury Halloween Funfetti Cake Mix
  • Hershey’s Tombstones, York Peppermint Pumpkins, and Reese’s Pumpkins Treat Pack
  • Trader Joe’s Halloween Joe Joe’s and Pumpkin Joe Joe’s
  • Trader Joe’s Haunted House Kit
  • Lay’s Halloween Snack Pack (Vampire, Skeleton, and Werewolf designs)
  • Trader Joe’s Ghost and Bat Potato Crisps
  • Count Chocula Treat Bars (available at Target)
  • Dollar Tree Haunted House Plates
  • Franz Bake Shop Vampire O’s “Bloody” Raspberry Filled Doughnuts
  • Franz Bake Shop Zombie O’s Green Chocolate-Covered Doughnuts 

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The Greatest Halloween Packaging of All Time

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In the history of mass-produced Halloween decorations, there have been many remarkable boxes and packages that have housed decorations both stellar and less-than-stellar.  However, there is no artwork that matches this beautifully macabre scene.

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Behold the morbid and the macabre!  What sort of heinous decoration could be housed in such a gruesome box?  There are bats, skeletons, zombie hands, graves, mausoleums, and spider webs…  and this is only the bottom of the box!

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Gruesome Ghoul Artwork

Gah!  Look at that drooling ghoul in his eternal shroud!  And what is that, a toppled cross below him?  This must really be some sort of sick and demented decoration.  But wait!  There’s more!

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Gruesome Ghoul Artwork

This must be the grimmest of reapers!  Look at that snake protruding from his eye socket!   He’s even wearing another serpent as a scarf!  Could whatever is inside this box be as terrifying as this?  Could it ever live up to the utter fear that this image inspires?

Believe it or not, this packaging is from a company called Funny Toys.  Funny Toys.  There doesn’t seem to be anything funny about this box.  Perhaps they should’ve called themselves “Great Packaging” instead.  Okay.  Okay.  You have waited long enough.  Here’s the big reveal, the “funny toy” that was inside of this petrifying packaging…

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1990 Funny Toys “Spooky Coffin” Animated Figure

 

Behold the Spooky Coffin, released in 1990!  For 1990, this probably was a pretty gruesome Halloween decoration: a miniature coffin, a vampire rising from it, creepy creaking sounds, menacing music playing, and evil laughter.  Taking all that into consideration, it was pretty advanced for its time.  One thing is for certain, they don’t make ’em like they used to…  And that includes the packaging!

 

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

Halloween Highlights: Vintage Vampires

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There are few monsters more closely associated with Halloween than the Vampire.  Vampires have been haunting our nightmares even before Bram Stoker unleashed Dracula upon the world in 1897.  Since the first printing of the famous vampire novel, Dracula has been haunting our nightmares for over a century.  Most famously portrayed by Bela Lugosi in the 1931 screen adaptation, Dracula is the quintessential creature of the night.  Featured today are two vintage Halloween decorations featuring the undead count.

First is a vintage Halloween cutout of Bela Lugosi in his most famous role.  This Halloween decoration was released by the C.A. Reed Company in the early 1980s.

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Bela Lugosi Dracula Cardboard Cutout

 

Next up is a large, jointed Dracula from Eureka, originally marketed as “The Count – 55″ Jointed Halloween Decoration.”  This cutout was released in the late 1970s.

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Eureka “The Count” Jointed Cutout

 

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.

 

Universal Monsters Week | Mezco, Trick or Treat, & WOWindows

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

The only authentic Halloween decoration featuring the Universal Monsters this year is a pretty nifty WOWindows poster featuring Boris Karloff as the Frankenstein Monster.  But — have no fear — there are plenty of other Universal Monster items out there this season.  So, hold on to your electrodes, as we recap the shocking offerings.

Diamond Select Toys is supposedly wrapping up its Universal Monsters line of toys, ending on a disappointing note with a non-likeness, no-need-to-be-licensed Van Helsing figure.  Although Diamond is coming out with an amazing Creature from the Black Lagoon figure next year, as well as a nice Son of Frankenstein, without any signs of Dracula’s Daughter, Son of Dracula, Werewolf of London, Kharis, or any supporting characters, it’s time to turn to other toymakers for our fill of Monster goodness.  And it looks as if Mezco is slowly taking away Diamond’s luster with its expansive offerings: Universal Monsters Living Dead Dolls and stylized figures.  This October saw the release of the amazing Dracula Living Dead Doll.  The Mummy stylized figure, which follows the ghastly Monster and Creature figures released earlier this year, will come to life soon.

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However, the grandest of this year’s Universal Monster items are not even officially licensed by Universal Studios.  Nope.  Instead, they are licensed through the estates of the individual actors.  Trick or Treat Studios, the up-and-coming leader of the Halloween mask-making world, has unleashed two great masks: The Bela Lugosi Mask (based upon Lugosi in the DRACULA play) and the Phantom of the Opera Mask featuring the likeness of the Man of a Thousand Faces, Lon Chaney, Sr.  These two incredible masks deserve to the be the first in a long line of masks based upon the actors who invented the monsters.  Unfortunately with Universal involved, one never knows if “what should be” will be, but we’ll see…

Scary Snacks: Part Boo

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Continuing with our efforts to inform you about all of the scary snacks out there this Halloween, we decided it was necessary to add an additional day to our Halloween Treats Week.  Our Universal Monster updates will debut in two days.

The following does not constitute an endorsement of any product or retailer.   It is for information purposes only.  Any opinions stated in the following article should only be considered the opinions of the individual author, and not the Big Scare as a whole.

As we mentioned last week, General Mills and its famous Cereal Monsters are back and better than ever.  However, the news does not end with the vintage boxes and the return of Frute Brute and Fruity Yummy Mummy.  Nope, Count Chocula has diversified and is now not only sponsoring a batty bowl of breakfast, but also pitching anytime snacks in the form of Count Chocula chocolate-flavored cereal bars.  And, pardon us for getting editorial here, but they are delicious.  (We are seriously addicted to these things.)

If vampire cereal bars aren’t enough to grab your attention, how about vampire Fruit Roll-Ups?  Yes, General Mills (under the Betty Crocker label) is offering up some Halloween-themed Fruit Roll-Ups.  These fruit snacks come with cool Halloween characters printed on them.  The fruit snacks are also offered in Franken Berry and Boo Berry flavors.

Have you uncovered any devilish delights that we need to know about?  Share them in the comments section below!