Here's some of the Boney Bunch from Yankee Candle for Halloween. Simply delightful. Not too cute, not too dark, and full of character. Definitely hex-citing enough for guys to enjoy, too, especially with those blood-red dripping candles.
I picked this Halloween Totem Pole up at a local old-fashioned hardware store last week. It was out front with the shiny garbage cans, new rakes, clean brooms, and other summer to fall utensils, along with a pumpkin-holding ghost and a somber witch. This one appealed to me most because it has the essential elements for a super Halloween: pumpkin, skull, black cat, and ghost. It's 32 inches high and a small light brightens up the skull for foggy Autumn evenings. Genfoam Plastics in Virginia makes this one, along with other Halloween blow molds including a modish Frankie and Dracula.
Yes, I'm old fashioned. I still like blow molds. I had a pumpkin man plastic lamp glowing orange on my nightstand every Halloween night as I grew up. Now I get to light up the whole house.
They may appear a little too happy but I still like these plastic Witch Lanterns. Though I must say I like the green-faced witch more. They make spooky sounds, too. I had a glass and metal pumpkin lantern back in the day: you know, when kids running around with glass and metal in their hands was permissable. I guess my fond memories of that potentially lethal lantern make me seek out even the plastic ones. But I do miss that sense of danger.
This plug-in haunted house night light was released by the Belco Lites Corp in Long Island New York many spooky seasons ago. It's marked as item 4090, and is about 8 inches high and 7 inches wide. When you plug it in, the roof lights up.
Its novelty for me comes from the stickers depicting the ghoulish residents living there. All of them are notable Halloween characters: the witch, the vampire, the skeleton, the ghosts, and the black cat. The vulture at the front door is a nice touch of ominous portent (especially with the hulking shadow in back of the door!)
There is one oddity in design: the electric cord connects in front, not in back of the house. I wonder why? (Click pictures to enlarge)
I love the orange and black motif on this Kidmark Dracu-Lite card. And what do you suppose the kid has illuminated with her vampiric flashlight? She certainly looks startled by what she sees. It can't be Dracula? Or maybe the Dracu-Lite is a detection device?
Green seems to be a favorite color for the Count and Frankenstein's Monster for toys like this. I wonder why. It does contrast very well against the black cape and red outline, but I can't imagine Bela Lugosi or Christopher Lee wearing green makeup.
Even through this hot, sticky air of August I can smell Halloween approaching. It's even appearing here and there, in teasing bags of candy suddenly appearing on store shelves in preparation for the October rush of hungry, sweet-toothed, ghouls, and in store displays like Yankee Candle'sexclusive Boney Bunch collection of candle holders.
I picked up the Coffin Tea Light Holder. It was the last one in stock. The cute Goth-looking girl in back of the counter told me it was popular. She wrapped it up for me, along with a box of black patchouli tea lights to go with it. Yes, I'm a softy when it comes to Halloween.
If you're in to Halloween and candles, check out the Boney Bunch at Yankee Candle (online or in the store).