Saturday, August 23, 2008

It's Halloween galore at Michael's!!!

So, I went to Michael's again today, and could not BELIEVE all the Halloween stuff they had out! I was so excited to see that they had a bunch of new stuff this year. Unfortunately, I am on a bit of a budget, so I was only able to buy a few small things (which made my day, nonetheless!). I've decided that I want to carve more fake pumpkins this year, in addition to a few real ones, and I'd like to start carving them now. I want a fairly good assortment by the time Halloween gets here. I figure that with all the time and effort that I put into my jack-o-lantern designs, it would be nice to have some that will last for many Halloweens to come. I'll have to go back and get a few in different sizes. I purchased some new carving tools that are designed specifically for fake pumpkins. They're stronger than the regular tools, and should work great on real pumpkins, too. I also bought a medium-sized, ceramic pumpkin candle holder, and one of those pumpkin lights that's designed to flicker like a real candle. Besides the strings of lights that I always line the deck with, I think I also want to put out some of these jack-o-lantern candle holders using flicker lights instead of real candles. As much as I love real candlelight, I love the idea of coming home late on Halloween night to my house glowing with spooky little jack-o-lanterns. It's the only safe way to go without worrying about burning the place down. LOL I saw that Michael's now has tall candle pillars that are made out of real wax, but they use the LED flicker lights. They had several different decorated ones, like a witch, a skeleton, spider webs, and a haunted house. They glow and flicker like a real candle, but these also make spooky sounds! I was thinking about getting some and putting them along the railing of our deck. One other thing that I thought was cool was a large light-up sign that counts down the days until Halloween. I would love to put that sucker at the end of our driveway for all to see. Michael's had some big, new props, too-- like a life-size bride and groom that has a motion sensor. The bride carries her head in one of her hands, and the groom says funny things like, "You look like you've seen a ghost. You must have met my bride!" and then finishes with an evil laugh. The other customers in the store really got a kick out of these guys whenever they walked by them, and I think they'd be a great touch to any haunt. There were quite a few other animated props that I would love to add to my haunt this year. I love nothing more than finding new things to add to my collection every year. I can't wait to go back and get some more stuff later on this week. Hooray! Halloween is coming soon!! Pics coming soon!! ;)

8 comments:

Grim said...

I need to go back to our Michael's here and see if they have put out any new stuff. They've had a couple of aisles of stuff out for about a month now I guess, but I haven't been there in a couple of weeks. I have to be more on a budget of sorts this year too, I've saved a lot of money making my own stuff. I like that too though, because it has more of a "one of a kind" vibe to it since I'm making so much of it myself... just wish I had more time to work on everything.

The Pumpkin Queen said...

I think making your own stuff, if you can, is the best idea. I wish I was really good at it, but I just wouldn't have a clue about where to start! That is, when it comes to animated props, at least. I would really love to have one or two Flying Crank Ghosts! Those have always been one of my favorite props. I've looked at some instructions for making them, though, and as soon as I see all the mechanics involved, I lose interest. I just don't know that I could figure it out.

Grim said...

I was the same way about those, so I bought one off of Ebay thinking if I had one I might be able to make another one sometime. I'm still not so sure about that one though, the metal work on the frame would be my biggest problem. Everybody loves that ghost though, and I think I have the perfect window for it, right up in the middle of the house upstairs which is our 9 month old son's room. Should be interesting trying to keep him from pulling that down this year. If you have seen my 2007 pictures, you can see it in that upstairs window.

The Pumpkin Queen said...

Yes, I have seen it, and it looks awesome! How do you make it glow like that? I think it's one of the best props ever. You can buy them on ebay? Hmmm, I might just have to take a look. Bet they're pricey, though, eh?

Grim said...

I think I paid about $120 for mine. I figured it was worth it, and it would have taken me a while to make it also. If you're thinking about getting one let me know and I'll give you the name of the person I got mine from. He charges a little bit more than some of the others on there, but it is well worth it because of the quality. I used a 4 foot blacklight sitting under the ghost to make it glow like that.

The Pumpkin Queen said...

I will definitely let you know! I do intend to get one eventually. $120 is actually less than I figured one would go for.

Valhella said...

Hey, just wanted to let you know that if you sign up to the Michael's mailing list online they send you printable coupons. They just had one out for 40% off any item, and you can use the coupon once a day for approx. a week. I went to Michael's every day this week and bought 1 Halloween item I couldn't afford otherwise. Now I have two fog machines!! I alos got the Donna of the Dead prop, and it is certainly no proper FCG but it is pretty spooky and runs off batteries. Saves me a few more outlets on the big day.

The Pumpkin Queen said...

Hi, Valhella! Thanks for letting me know! I was at Michael's just yesterday, couldn't believe all the sales they were having! I don't have the coupons, but with stuff 25%-40% off, I was able to walk out of there with a new pumpkin to carve, a pumpkin strobe light, and a life-size foam skull. I'll have to sign up to receive the coupons you mentioned! :)