I've never had a problem with clowns. Oh there was the occasional creep out (Stephen Kings "IT" comes to mind), but I've never been one to freak out when I see a clown. Not when I was a kid, not when I was an adult. Bozo. Krusty. Red Skelton. All lovable. And Killer Klowns From Outer Space? One of the best Halloween movies ever. So no, I'm not one of those that gets scared by clowns.
Well, until now. For some reason Halloween of 2015 seems to be rampant with scary clowns. From masks to pathway markers, clowns seem to be the it (no pun intended) Halloween scare. And for some reason, I'm totally creeped out by all the creepy clowns. I don't like them, I don't like them at all. Somewhere along the way, my clown tolerance decide to hide, and the Killer Clowns decided to come out to play. I think I may have to stay inside this year and not venture out. Cuz the clowns are going to come out to play. I repeat, the clowns are going to come out to play. Run. Hide. Do not except those tied into animals balloons. It's a trick. And if you happen to be one of those (until now likable) folks that have clown paintings all over your house? Um, it was nice knowing you. Make the clowns go away.
Sometimes it's the simple things that make me smile when it comes to Halloween props. This "Meat Hook Chain Garland" is so simple (and inexpensive coming it at only $13.59), but hang several of these around the house, in your dungeon, on the garage door or even out the back of the car window, and you could probably scare a few people. Or many.
These are made out of plastic, are 12.0 " H x 12.0 " W with a 3.0" depth. They were originally found at Target here (though they are currently sold out). (skull and death figurine not included).
And since we seem to be on a zombie trend, how about a game of Zombie Cribbage? Though I haven't played in years, Cribbage used to be "my" game. At an old job, employees used to get together at breaks and lunch and have wild games of Cribbage where, I must say, I held my own and was one of the top players. Wish that luck would have continued over to the roulette table in Vegas, but I was never that lucky.
This travel edition of Cribbage plays just like regular cribbage, except everything's been zombified. The game board looks like an old street (complete with manhole cover and chainsaw) and the deck of cards has a touch of the "zombie virus" too. Even the little pegs have been turned into zombies (two per player, and each different). All made into an edition that can travel with you. Won't this be fun to take to Grandmas house to play with? She thinks you're weird anyway so this won't bother her at all.
You can find this game at ThinkGeekhere. Normally $19.95 it's currently on sale for $15.99. Set includes folding scoreboard (storage container), 4 zombie scoring figures (2 per player, zombie pieces approximately 1.5" tall), 54 zombified playing cards, and instructions.
Ah, nothing says "date night" like a couple of custom zombie bobbleheads that look just like you and your partner. Personally if you know someone who got married on Halloween, I think this would be an awesome anniversary present. They also come in individual zombies for those single folks who have birthdays on the greatest day of the year.
Of course, maybe you don't really like that neighbor couple down the street? Wouldn't it be fun for them to find a bobblehead of them on their front porch come Halloween? Bag of flaming poop optional.
These are not cheap...$250 for a a couple or $170 for an individual. But the fact that you can personalize it to resemble people you know is a bit priceless. You can find them here.
And yes, I know I'm way behind in my countdown but I've been looking for a hideout from the Zombie Apocalypse. One should always have a safe place to run to.
You don't really have to wait until the holidays to find wine that works with your Halloween decor. I know that Cost Plus World Market always seems to come out with a bevy of Day of the Dead wines this time of year. Then there are the pumpkin beers and such that show up. But sometimes you can find wines with cool or spooky labels in the spring. I'm constantly on the lookout for wines that I can set aside and bring out to drink around Halloween.
Even if you don't drink wine, just having a bottle or two of something with an appropriate themed label looks good sitting on your counter or sticking out of your wine rack. These three wines were found at Trader Joes back in August. They sell for $5 a piece. If I don't drink them, no worries, I'll stick them in the wine rack and bring them out as a decoration again next year. And the year after that. Wait, who am I kidding. Wine. It will be gone before Halloween ever gets here.
Ahh, tequila. I do have a soft spot for the alcohol that makes my lovely Margaritas. And vodka. Though I'm not as fond of it as I am of tequila, there are many wonderful drinks that can be made with vodka, not to mention several wonderful recipes that incorporate the distilled beverage composed primarily of water and ethanol. But yes, if I had to chose between the two, tequila would top the list. But lets not let rum feel left out of this party. There is nothing like a good Mai Tai when one is sitting on a beach somewhere tropical. Or a good rum and coke every now and then. Or a good rum cake.
These days, alcohol just doesn't come in a basic bottle anymore. "Specialty" alcohol comes in all shapes and sizes of vessels. And alcohol bottled in skulls? Been there, drunk that. And then the very nice skull bottles sit around all lonely. No more alcohol inside. So what does one do with these lovely lonely skull works of art when they are empty (besides stick the obligatory candle in the twist top)? One makes sconces out of them. Or even Tiki Torches.
There are several stores on etsy that will send you the bottle and hardware to make your own tiki torches. JadaNJace will send you the bottle, mounting kit, wick, and brass screws (you'll need to provide your own tiki torch oil) for $29.99 plus shipping. Though the bottle shown (KAH-Extra Anejo Skull Tequila) is sold, they do have some other interesting tiki kits with different type alcohol bottles. These skulls make great decorations during Halloween, but would also work over a bar area any time of the year. You can find these here.
If you are looking for something a bit less tiki bar, Moonshine Lamp Co. makes wall sconces below out of Crystal Head Vodka bottles. Made from a recycled 750 ML bottle, this handmade sconce takes a candelabra sized bulb, up to 40 watts and sells for $235. The seller even suggests adding colored bulbs when the holidays come around. You can find them here.
These are just odd...and glorious...and super simple to make. They incorporate one of the things I love about Halloween. Something simple, that at first glance looks beautiful, but that has that Halloween edge that makes me smile.
Find a few fake flowers at the local craft store, grab a few eyeballs (don't go all Dexter please, buy your eyeballs from a reputable dealer, er store) and surprise your loved one with a pretty bouquet. It's the kind of Halloween gift that will last all year...and maybe make that pesky couple next door think twice before dropping over to chat during the middle of dinner....
Photo of flowers found online. I have no idea where this originated. If you know please email me so I can give credit.