I picked up these two, dare I say, cute Halloween animated scenes from Target's Hyde and EEK! Boutique. I'm a sucker for small, colorful Halloweenesque items that give you a wonderful feeling of the season's chills and thrills, along with the fun.
The last time I felt this giddy, hunting for Halloween swag, was with Spencer Gifts, when they were carrying cool stuff for Halloween. You know, before they got all weird and changed their stores some years ago, dropping the monster toys and novelties. While the Universal movies may be lacking, this Halloween is a Universal Monsters feast. Target has these nifty must-haves (well, okay, I saw them and realized I must-have-them) for your Halloween haunts. For an old Universal Monsters lover like me, it was paradise. The hard to find items are the adorable Mummy and Creature from the Black Lagoon dolls (you can see the Mummy in the photo). Um...I mean action figures.
Found these little buggers (more like big-pocket screamers, actually) at Home Depot today. There's Pumpkin Jack, Wolf Man, Zombie, Reaper, Screaming Monster, and Witch. Better get them while their hot.
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.