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Mars Halloween Candy Containers

In Blow Molds by Jenna Wolford

During the Halloween 1989 season, the Mars candy company sold (I believe) 2 plastic characters full of fun size chocolate bars. In 1990 there were 3 sold.* *I am completely guessing here. In my travels, I’ve only found the goblin stamped 1990.  The 1989 ghost and pumpkin are different from each other. I had all three, and I remember hanging …

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More Vintage Die Cuts!

In Die Cuts by Jenna Wolford

Another set, this one not marked with a date or manufacturer, matte finish and some pieces have tabs which are inserted to make an object look 3D. I’m guessing at these being from the mid to late 1960’s.

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Vintage Hallmark Die Cut Halloween Decorations!

In Die Cuts by Jenna Wolford

I’ve come across some awesome retro Halloween decorations, most paper, which excites me to no end. They couldn’t have come to someone who would love them more than me, guaranteed. Here’s the first set, a group of Halloween die cuts that came packed together, made by Hallmark, I’d have to guess late 1960’s. Included are 3 witches, a couple Jack …

The Terror Carolers in Concert

In Video by Jenna Wolford

What better use for our paper mache jack o lanterns than to light them up and let them sing the night away? This is Halloween from The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack. I Put a Spell on You by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.

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Found!

In Fast Food by Jenna Wolford

Happy September, all! The weather is still in the 70’s sadly, but I’m sure any day now I’ll be complaining about freezing while hugging myself wrapped in a hoody. And I can’t wait. A true sign of the approaching holiday came a couple of weeks ago when we found these curbside: They’re huge and proudly hung on my basement walls.  …

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Halloween Haunt Directory!

In Props by Jenna Wolford

A Halloween Haunt Directory. It may seem like something terribly simple to create and rather ineffective. Well ok, it is simple but it’s not ineffective! It really added something to the yard haunt for its first year, 2008. It was a great focal point in the middle of an otherwise busy, scary and colorful blur of terror and mayhem! In …

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Halloween Yard Haunt goes LED

In Lighting by Jenna Wolford

NOTE: You will want to check out my awesome LED vs. Incandescent writeup. I know nothing about lights so I put it all out there for anyone to understand, with lots of pictures! Thanks! Guy and I were turned on to LED light bulbs last Halloween, but didn’t have the time or money to scoop any. On any Halloween night, …

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A Halloween Fence Dilemma

In Props by Jenna Wolford

So we have a very large yard to fence off.  We’re talking 50 feet in length.  Our neighbors have always been unknowingly nice enough to throw away some of that 3′ garden fence, and while we set up in the front yard, that was always plenty. This year, the Halloween haunt is going in the backyard, and our 3′ garden …

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Our Foray into Paper Mache

In Props by Jenna Wolford

Click any image to view larger I love those vintage pumpkin lanterns that go for like $50 on eBay.  If I had billions of dollars and thousands of square feet, I’d probably already own all of them like some weird collector that aims to have the last existing whatever. Lucky for the rest of the world I have neither.  But …

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The Headless Horseguy!

In Costumes, Humor by Jenna Wolford

With only… however many days to go until Halloween, here’s another entry for ya. The Headless Horseguy: My mom found this inflatable Headless Horseman at a local discount store on the CHEAP BOY YEAH. Ninny… finds amazing deals. This is why the neighborhood loves us. Guy ran up to a van at the stop sign and a child shrieked, “MOMMY …

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Halloween Costumes That’ll Make You Laugh (Or is that cry?)

In Costumes, Humor by Jenna Wolford

Nightly I get on the Internet and look for neat Halloween costumes, preferably on the cheap. Every so often, though, I come across some real gems.  Costumes that don’t belong in public.  Costumes that will make you wish it was Thanksgiving instead of Halloween. So I give you a few of those here.  Are they treats or tricks?  You be …

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LED or Incandescent? A Hands-On Comparison

In Lighting by Jenna Wolford

The following is a comparison of LED lights to incandescent flood and “party” lights. I looked high and low for something like this and couldn’t find it anywhere. Lumens don’t mean much too me, I just want to know if it’s a solid investment to replace my inexpensive party lights with slightly higher priced LED lights. So here it is, …