1950s Halloween Candy Filled Black Cat store display box, seen on eBay. And only 5 cents each. Back then. It reminds me of the small store my sister and I would stop at on the way back from school. Very narrow, a hole in the wall really; there was a counter, nice old guy in back of that counter, and lots and lots of sugar-overloading wax candy, pretzel sticks, and Joyva Ring Jells for a few cents. Funny how you can remember the simpler things as you get older, but not the really important things like when he folded up shop and was no longer there. I should have paid more attention to things disappearing.
So, do you still think your Halloween display is all that awesome after seeing what this fanatic does with his front lawn? Me? I'd be ashamed, with only my 3 air-blown blowups to show for it, if he were my neighbor.
You make the witch and mummy bend over and moon--I mean dance--by pushing up on the handle, along the candy container tube. What made me buy these a few years back was the detail and colors: I love the contented cat sitting on the witch's hat and the yellow eyes of the mummy. His red slashes don't quite make sense, but they fit, lending a dash of color to complement his eyes and "wrappings." (And I keep thinking of Popeye every time I look at the witch.)
They almost had to get the mop out at Target when I saw this 5 foot glow in the dark skeleton last night. Every year Target manages to bring some of the coolest decorations a Halloween-lover can drool or wet themselves over. And what does a glow in the dark skeleton need? Why, glow in the dark spiders, skulls, and rats, of course. Can you say life-size Forgotten Prisoner of Castle-mare tableau? Add a motion-controlled cobra that strikes and a few hanging bats and bammmm!
You know it's Halloween time when Doctor Dreadful and Creepy Crawlers hit the toy shelves. I screamed with delight seeing this Doctor Dreadful Zombie Lab at TRU: eat bubbling brains; drink zombie barf; slurp slimey bugs; PLUS Zombie Skin! The Stomach Churner isn't too shabby, either. Parents, it's yummy fun.
Michaels has their Halloween 2011 merchandise on the shelves. Always a good place to stock up on Lemax Spooky Town dens and denizens, Michaels offers a great lenticular portrait selection to accent your decaying decor just right. I'm a sucker for old-timey shooting galleries, and this year there's a cool arcade tableau I can add to my Spooky Town. The housing prices are a bit steep, though, so you may need to hock some bones.
There is something giddily stupid about this wind-up monster pooping candy. Those candy poopers for Christmas, like the reindeer, or even the Halloween cat dropping these sugary dumps is more sensible in design. Although I'd rather it look more gruesome it does have a certain style to it, I'll grant you that. The catch-line is perfect: Wind me up and watch me go!
It would be more quixotically daring to have a rotting,worm-infested, puss-blowing zombie pooping these brightly colored candy treats, though, wouldn't it? Or maybe I've been watching too many horror movies.