I started collecting pocket screamers two years ago, not sure why really, but they do make great display items, and they're like Beanie Babies in their appeal; but these babies are much creepier and scarier, and therefore perfect for Halloween.
A Halloween animated novelty that plays like a spookhouse ride. This was the first one that started my collection. I picked it up quite a few years ago (at an Eckerd or Rite Aid Pharmacy, I believe). No maker information is given for it except the "Made in China" sticker on the back. The clever spookhouse ride design of the box really sets the tone for the creepy skeleton pushing through the doors while the soundtrack says "I'm going to get you!"
Here's another animated Medusa bust for Halloween display. Or year-round display if you're like me. Clever design places the play button as the snake head pin on her left shoulder. (see the other one I saw at Lowes).
The past few years Target has focused more on party decorations than quirky-fun-quotient Halloween items, but whatever they put on the shelves it usually has style. Skeletons and skulls are always a staple too, and this year I'd say the Skull Totem is my favorite, followed by the Talk-back Skull. The light-up eyes owl also turns its head and hoots, which is attention getting, and the Day of the Dead decorations are nice accent pieces. The Haunted House in Dome has bats swirling around when you press the button. One thing to note: the Talk-back Skull is very presentable as a showpiece, but check the back of the plastic dome before you buy one. There's a screw that holds the skull to the dome and some domes were badly cracked around the screw.
Snagged this at a local Lowe's Home Improvement store. Only this and another were on the shelf, so I'm thinking it's a keeper. Snakes move while she foretells your doom. Cool. I'll post a video of it in action. Lowe's also has a full-size skeleton in a cage, but my wife was with me (she's not a Halloween fanatic or monster buff like I am), so I couldn't sneak it past her. But I love her anyway.
Found some more fun decorations for my Halloween home at Walgreens. This year, so far, has been stellar at providing decorations, blow-ups, and animatronic toys to spook the neighbors with. I'll have a video of the Animated Rocking Granny (not a granny I'd like to have, mind you) and the Animated Haunted Tree posted soon, but they're keepers for sure. I couldn't resist. The large banjo playing skeleton is really cool, too, but I have a smaller version that takes up less space. But definitely a good table topper choice if you're throwing a party.
CVS Stores is ramping up their Halloween offerings this year. I found a Raven skeleton, singing and dancing candlestick, very creepy animated clowns, light-up skull, Frankenstein Monster head in a jar (lights up, too), animated haunted castle (take that Lemax!), skull-light lantern with scary voice, a candy bowl to die for, and Mr. Pumpkin and Mr. Zombie solar powered nodders. Whew. This Halloween's haul I'm taking from retailers is looking quite good indeed.
Well, the inflatable skeleton blown up isn't quite what it looks like in the illustration, is it? Bummer. Probably what William Castle's Emergo skeleton looked like. No wonder the audience threw stuff at it. I'd like to throw stuff at this one, too.
These floor mats at Dollar Tree stores are very thin, so I'd not expect much walking on them. But for Halloween, you could put them out as table mats, floor mats, or as backdrops for that table-top little foggy maker or zombie-head cheese dip bowl. Go ahead, be creative. And these decorative boxes (they come in three sizes), are great for displaying your candy treats for party guests.
Once again, Dollar Tree Stores have some unique Halloween decorations. This year I found these lenticular monster faces. Lenticular means they're holographic 3D, which is a really cool effect. Unfortunately you can't see the 3D depth in these flat pictures, but they are impressive. Note that the Frankenstein Monster has his neck bolts NOT on his neck, and his Bride has neck bolts, even though she DOESN'T. I won't even quibble about the exposed brain for Frankie. Still a treat to add to your Halloween collection.