Friday, August 27, 2010

Halloween Update

Halloween is almost upon!!! You need to get your Halloween stuff now while the getting is good -- which is NOW!!! Stores get a limited amount of primo Halloween goodness and you MUST jump on it when you see it. Just to help you a long, I am going to list some of my favorite haunts:


At the time of this post, Hancock Fabrics has 36" wide white cheese cloth for an unheard of .33 cents per yard. I just ordered a pile of this stuff which vendors rip holes in and sell as "creepy cloth" for about $5.00 for a few yards. The white cheese cloth is fantastic for haunting the house outdoor and can be used from everything from spiderwebs to mummy bandages. Remember, the stuff you get at the fabric store isn't fire retardant like most of the prepackaged, pricey "creepy cloth", so do take proper precautions with it.

Grandin Road-Halloween Decorating

I just purchased a five-foot poseable skeleton from the folks at Grandin Road. Poseable skeletons for under $100 are difficult to find, so I am hoping it is a good one. Grandin Road also carries Martha Stewarts line of Halloween stuff which is pretty cool. They are a little on the pricey side, but it has been my experience that their stuff is of good quality.

Walmart Monsters

Make sure you check-out Walmart online as they carry some great Halloween stuff that never seems to make it to our local Walmart. If you are in the market for an airblown yard decoration, make sure you check-out their site first as they carry Gemmy airblowns.

This is the same brand as Grandin Road carries and they usually want twice as much for theirs. I picked-up this beauty at Walmart online last year for less than half the price they wanted at Grandin Road. The selection varies, and they don't always carry the same thing, but when they do you can save a bundle. Last year the cheapest place to find "creepy cloth" of the flame retardant type was at our local Walmart.

Vintage Halloween Postcard

If you prefer your holiday with a vintage spin, check-out the goods at Victorian Trading Company:

Another vintage favorite is Traditions at:


They carry Lori Mitchell's charming trick-or-treat figurines, as well as an array of wonderful Halloween Vintage reproductions.

Vintage Ad #946: Hallowe'en Costumes at Kresge's

A wonderful site for all things Halloween and vintage is The Vintage Halloween Store:

They a chock full of goodies, links to even more Halloween fabulousness and a wonderful blog!

If you like handmade goods, or like to DIY, check out the often very cool, very unique goods at:

I made this snow globe and haunted Rolodex last year! Who knows what you might be inspired to do?

I can't guarantee that any of the items listed or pictured above -- not to mention the prices -- will be available at any of the above online retailers, especially if you don't hurry!!! So make sure you get the good stuff before these guys do!

Children in Halloween costumes in Anaheim, Calif., 1948


  1. i am glad that you take this holiday as serious as i do. it is definitely one of my favorites! I feel kind of silly going over the top with decor as my son is 21, but i dont really care. btw, your comment re: gag order cracked me up.

  2. Wow, I don't know what I enjoyed more - your photos of Halloween or "Lola".

  3. I've had writer's block as of late, so I decided to focus on pictures and music. If this keeps up next week there will be a puppet show.

  4. BTW Lori - I threw up a little in my mouth when I saw Papa Lohan's see-through shirt. What the hell was he thinking.