|Halloween 2008: July & August finds
If you've already read 2007's Halloween log, I scarcely need to remind you: keep a mummy count! For
whatever reason, I wound up with over a dozen different mummies last year...has their invasion ceased, or are
they ready for round two!? As always, this is just a blog of my personal collecting habits - not a store! I
generally only have one each of what you see here, and many of these things will only ever be available for this
|-Awesome eyeball flashlights-
| 2008's spook season is off to an excellent start! The same spooky animal flashlights from last
year have returned, but the line has expanded to include a severed eyeball and a scaled down version
of none other than Marvelous Maggot! Unfortunately, their batteries were dead when I got them
and are thus far impossible to remove. At least they'll make great-looking decorative figures until they
deteriorate and decide to dribble acid all over the place...which is pretty much the spirit of Halloween
in a nutshell.
|-Nineteen farking dollar light-up eyes-
You read that correctly. This pair of soft, latex eyes lights up with a color-changing LED glow, and
yeah, they look awesome, but they're only about the length of a human hand. The sticker appeared to
say $8.99, which I thought was just barely reasonable for something of this size and quality, but it
turned out I was missing a half-faded "1" in there. For that price, their gentle glow had better stave off
kidney failure or grant me superhuman cognition.
|MUMMIES THUS FAR: SIX! Six Mummies!
|-Gargoyle Fortune Teller with bad sense of humor-
YOU: Wow, you can really see my future?
GARGOYLE: Yeah, check it out!......YOU EVENTUALLY DIE!
YOU: Hardy har har. Like I've never heard that one before.
GARGOYLE: Have you heard this?...that's the sound of rotting.
......These come in several different poses, but I thought the most amusing was this intent listener.
All varieties display a tombstone in their crystal ball.
First mummy of the season! I almost didn't find this cool enough to buy, until I noticed (from behind)
that its handle is an actual arm, ending in a mitten-like hand. Yes, a mummy head with a handle is a
maybe, but a mummy head with one arm is a must-buy. Do not question my spending behavior.
|-Wicked-awesome candle holder-
Only five bucks at this closeout store, this rather large ceramic sculpture holds a candle between the
cute haunted mansion and less-cute looming specter of death, calling to mind Chernobog from
Disney's Fantasia. Also, dig the size of that cat and spider!
There's nothing funny or clever about this, but how could I pass up so many rubber eyeballs for only
three dollars?! They come in both large, detached eyeballs and eyeballs in chunks of gore, as you can
|August 21 - Factory Card Outlet
If you've read my Halloween blogs before, you already know that these shrieking,
troll-haired rubber figures are a yearly tradition for several stores that carry seasonal
doo-dads. Slightly larger and better painted than previous incarnations, the card outlet's
2008 screechers are the nicest yet, and the monstrous axe-murderer is the most
distinctive toy of this type I have ever seen. Most stick with a very generic zombie, demon
or ghost design, more like his chalky friend there. These screechers weren't alone,
These severed head screechers are available alongside the above figurines, and manage
to be even more finely detailed. What's more, they include a deranged clown! You may
notice that the middle one slightly matches the ghostly screecher above. Sadly, none of
the others have a counterpart...I'd have loved a screeching severed hockey-monster or a
Though generic, my favorite here is actually the third one. It's just so sad and ugly, and
I'm fond of its grey-green color scheme.
|August 16 - Yankee Candle Co.
|-"Boney Bunch" Tealight Holder-
I'd never been to a Yankee Candle before, and they were offering a whole range of porcelain
candleholders featuring this skeleton and a female equivalent. Some were pretty large and elaborate,
but this is the one I really liked. Your tealight or scented candle goes right in his little hat!
|-Undead Rubber Chickens! (CLICK PICTURES TO ENLARGE)-
| The year's second mummy-related item is my immediate new favorite...and he's brought
friends! From his jagged beak and stitched eye down to his missing foot, the vampire's
beady gaze and the skeleton's one remaining feather, these guys were designed with far
too much love and attention to just be torn apart by dogs. These are a 2008 Halloween
exclusive, so if you want some for your own amusement you had better snag them up
before the canines do. If you don't have a petco nearby, you can order these on their
official website HERE - but not for long!
Brace yourself for this...
Very cool-looking, colorful squeezey toys for only a buck each at your local Dollar
Tree, with brains full of fluid and random, rubber vermin!
|-Halloween Squeaky Plush-
How often do you see a squeaky stuffed toy of a "headless duke?" The name comes
right off the pricetag. Mummy weiner dogs, on the other hand, came out last year before I
realized how much I should have gotten one. They come in three sizes, so I got the
I didn't even know that these had eye-popping action until after I brought them home
and gave the mummy a squeeze just for the hell of it (wouldn't you?) ...they make a very
satisfying little "pop" and are addicting as hell to squish. They also came in Vampire,
Frankenstein's Monster and a nondescript green guy. Maybe I'll get one of the others at a
Sold out of the same box as the poppers but in a rather different art style, these guys
sadly lacked a mummy but at least offered a sweet little grim reaper. I got the ghost just
so I'd have an even number of each type, because I'm compulsive like that. These, too,
also offered a vampire and a few others.
|August 27 - Joann Fabrics
|-Spooky Purple Tentacle Monster-
This adorably happy hentapus is part of a line with other, less interesting monsters
dressed up for a masquerade ball. He carries a witch mask around on a little stick (barely
visible here as a small black rope) and also comes in a much larger size for nearly $30.
Unless there's a few big ones left in the post-Halloween clearance, I'll be sticking with this
little $5 version.
|-Severed Pirate Parrot Head-
These gory rubber pirate heads are also available in human and human skeleton forms,
but this was the one worth getting for the weirdness factor. Even in the context of a
Halloween pirate theme, a torn-off parrot head with an eyepatch is a freaking weird thing
to decorate with.
Target has yet to put out its full selection of horror, but this little guy just couldn't wait
and was hanging out all alone in the pet department. Shake him and he rattles! Actually,
I'm not sure whether this is meant for dogs or was a misplaced baby toy. Dogs, babies,
what's the difference?
These come topping Halloween pencils adorned with matching character art, and are so
gosh-darn cute I sorely wish they came in figurine form. "Gee...there's a worm in my