Creepy modern day Halloween collectibles
So a while back we came across one of these vinyl squeezable creatures that makes a blood curdling sound when you squeeze its belly. It was strange enough to pique my curiosity and prompt me to assume someone out there is probably collecting these dudes. Turns out they have a variety of names—Halloween Screamers, Cacklers, Monsters, Screechers, among others—and shape shift from season to season, with different manufacturers and varieties filling the market.
I did some research, determined the going price and listed our discovery in our Cool Vintage Finds Store on eBay. Sure enough, it sold pretty quickly. So naturally we've been on the hunt for more screamers to satisfy the collectors who want to fill their pockets (and shelves) with these fascinating monsters.
This past summer, we came across a handful of pocket screamers dating back a few years. Again, these early screamers flew off our shelves. In the process, we had a conversation with Hugo, a customer and collector with his finger on the pulse of the pocket screamer craze.
"They use to come out like crazy in the beginning. over the years they have trickled down to only a few stores now. Use to be Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Jewels grocery stores, oh, and Party City was good for some classic ones. The ones with hair are the older ones and considered classics."
Vintage and antique blocks look great just as they are, displayed on a shelf in a nursery, kitchen or den. Some collectors like to complete the alphabet or spell out words. If you're the crafty type, check out Etsy to get ideas for upcycling old blocks into new and fun home accents. Whatever you do, don't pass up that box of blocks when you encounter them at a sale or thrift store down the road.
Here are a few ways to turn your vintage finds into contemporary masterpieces:
Skeleton key wall art. Buy old skeleton keys online or round up a few at your local antique shop. With a piece of old board and some strong glue, you can create a skeleton key wall plaque. These plaques are easy to make and will add a cool twist to your decor.
Lace brooch. Repurpose grandma’s cotton crochet lace (crochet doilies also work) and her extra-large earrings that no longer have a match into a handcrafted brooch. Each lace brooch only takes a few minutes to make and requires little more than a needle, thread, piece of lace, and adornments. Positively Splendid lays out the full instructions here.
Vintage button ornaments. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, Christmas crafts are always fun to make. Grab a jar full of vintage wooden buttons, a spool or two of ribbon, and clear filament (fishing line works nicely), and you have everything you need to put together some cute and colorful ornaments. Get inspired with how-to steps in this DIY Network tutorial.
Creepy doll head lamp. If your older kids have a twisted sense of humor, there are tons of ways to reuse an old doll head to create spooky Halloween decorations. A vintage candle holder, doll head, and battery-powered LED lights provide exactly the right creep factor for your All Hallow’s Eve shindig. Get inspired by the I Like That Lamp blog.
No matter what types of crafts you and your kids enjoy together, you’ll need storage options for crafting necessities. If closet space is not an option, rescue a chest of drawers, bookcase or filing cabinet to keep supplies out of sight when not in use.
Collect old baskets to organize paper, fabric, ribbon and more. From small to large, there's a basket to hold your stuff.
It all began with St. Nick
Santa Claus, the secular hero of Christmas for generations, dates back to the fourth century and the region of Asia Minor. A young man named Nicholas (also spelled “Nicolas” or Nikolas”) was orphaned and left a wealthy young man. His generous deeds led to his sainthood. The gift-giving traditions centered around St. Nicholas were later co-opted by the early Christian church, to compel pagans to worship the Christ child.
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Along came Belsnickel
Belsnickel (also referred to as Belsnickle, Belznickel and Belschnickel) is a figure originating in German lore. Generally portrayed as a more serious figure than the jovial Santa Claus beloved by Americans, Belsnickel represents both the dark and the light sides of the Christmas holiday. He’s often depicted with a dour (or at least neutral) expression on his face and is known to wear simple, drab robes. He carries a branch or “switch” in one hand, which he uses to swat naughty children. He may also carry treats of candies, cakes, nuts and fruits, which he gives to well-behaved children, however, some reserve this more friendly role for Kirshkinkle (KrisKringle). His arrival comes several weeks in advance of December 25. The Belsnickel mythology was brought to the United States by the Pennsylvania Dutch, for whom the name translates to variations on Pelznickel.
Santa Claus, the jovial elf
Woodland Santa is magical, too
Which Santa do you believe in?
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It started with a Gemmy animated bookshelf ...
Mr. Halloween was pleased and let us know it!
Thanking you so very much for getting the Haunted Books here to us in Australia … on our door step nice and safe.
I have given you a very good feedback and also all 5-stars rating.
The books are going to look good with some other Animated books on Halloween night in our Front Foyer [Car port] as it is fun and noisy and slightly scary for anyone and everyone will think that everything should be put into a museum.”
When I say this guy goes all out for Halloween, I mean ALL OUT!
The creepy fun starts with a ghastly graveyard ...
... and a marketplace of monstrosities.
Needless to say, the displays are totally bewitching.
"Bloody good job, bloke!" -- Said some Englishman somewhere.
Make no bones about it, this smorgasbord of specimens is out of this world!
But wait, there's more inside!
Right this way, past the gallery of ghouls ...
... super creepy Dracula finds these ladies dead gorgeous.
Watch out for the wicked wall of weaponry and the possessed bear rug.
Looks like someone's lost their head over Halloween!
Even the dungeon ... I mean basement ... is chock full of horrors!
The mummies are amazeballs, just like in Tales from the Crypt ...
Hats off to the creators of this massively spooky spectacle!
Whatever you do, be sure to have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN this October 31!
Fitz and Floyd (aka FF or Omnibus)
Gurley Novelty Co.
Midwest Importers (aka Midwest, or also Midwest of Cannon Falls)
While out at estate sales, I come across all sorts of fascinating and desirable objects. Like Oprah, I have a few "favorite things." Here's a short list of discoveries I rarely pass up.
Styles that take me back ...
Quirky and random stuff
What do you like?
Learn about our recent discoveries and what captures our imagination in this blog, then peruse the treasures in our Cool Vintage Finds Store on eBay.
Brought to you by...
... Susan Buie, writer by day, vintage curator and co-proprietor of the Cool Vintage Finds Store on eBay in all the moments in between.
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