October 21, 2014

HALLOWEEN ENJOYABLES: THE LITTLE THINGS

Some of the best moments of the Halloween season can't be planned. They are the chance encounters with spookiness and little daily reminders that this is indeed a special time of year, be it the orange icing that adorns the grocery store bakery, the scarecrow on grandma's porch, or the extra supply of scary movies in the electronics department. Here are some of those kind of moments that I've experienced this year.

Freshly painted window ghosts on a small town cafe...
 

A home that wouldn't typically get a second glance is transformed into a photo op.

A Denny's that is obviously managed by a Halloween enthusiast (and the confused stares from customers as I walked around taking photos)...
Handmade typography in a small town video store takes on new relevance...
The discovery that the Crypt Keeper and Frankenstein's monster reside over this Horror section...
Said video store has some fun hand painted window graphics as well...
It's as 'mom and pop' as it gets.  Behind the counter sat two parents and their toddlers.
A pop-up Halloween shop offered a reminder of how sophisticated the holiday has become...
(photo by my friend Chris

On the other hand, a secondhand shop had a reminder of just how simple the holiday can be...
(photo by my friend Chris)  

Flea markets have brought out their Halloween stock, enabling me to invest a dollar fifty on these...
A small town variety shop provided me with a haunted castle from 1987 for fifty cents...

I found just the right fabric to make a new cape for this old Dracula figure...

The latecomer finally arrived...
My friend Jon showed up to our "VHS Night" with a lump of Sculpey, and by the end of the evening he'd created a piece or art for me. (The green guy in back is one of his former creations.)
A well-stocked end aisle of movie monsters. (No, Funko and Super7 do not sponsor this site.)

The gorilla on a laser tag course suddenly seems like super deluxe Halloween decor...

The sun gave me an additional Halloween decoration...

Had any unexpected Halloween moments this year?

October 17, 2014

HALLOWEEN ENJOYABLES: MY OCTOBER 4TH, 2014

If you're just tuning in, my current Halloween posts are centered around the seasonal activities that I'm experiencing this year. So this is the rare blog post that follows the true "web log" format. I will relate to you my Saturday, October 4th, 2014 as it happened. However, there's so much to elaborate on that I'm in danger of sinking too much time into the write-up, so my solution will be to write captions that are no longer than a Twitter tweet (140 characters max.) So here goes!...

Weather too good to stay home. Hm, Tinkerfest looks good. 1 of my all-time fave artists Randy Regier is there?!
[later]There he is! (Written using only 132 characters.)


He made a functioning guy on a rocket out of an old thermos and a shower rod!


He handed out posters that he designed for the event!


The launch station was adorned with cool 50s looking toys!
(I use a lot of exclamation marks in my tweets too. You know, just to keep the energy up.)


Kids set target & calibrate the launcher. Randy sent Chuck sailing. I got to talk w/ Randy! He has new art nearby, but it's best after dark!


Now we had time to kill until nightfall. So we went to the Walmart museum where the first store was located.



They have old product packaging on display. Walmart brand dog food from the 70s!


They recreated Sam Walton's actual office as it looked when he died!...


They have his pickup truck on display too...


There's a kiddie ride version out front! (Plus a scarecrow on the bench over there!)


Got a Hot Wheels version in the gift shop! Plus a 70s truck postcard! (Would comment on corporate greed but there aren't enough characters lef


Still not dark. Time to go to TARGET! (With no ironic intent.)
Please excuse hazy phone photography.

Nice signage as always...

If I hosted some show about Halloween products, the following would be official "Demarais's 2014 picks from Target." Starting with these ghosts...
 

You just don't see enough kitchen towels with skulls. That's why this is one of my...OFFICIAL PICKS!...



You don't see a ton of substantial Halloween owls these days either. Plus these could probably scare away birds year round. Congrats on Official Pick status!



So appealing. All of these are still my "official picks" (but not the gel blood. I have to show some discernment)...


All of these too...


And these...

Also this fuzzy ghost. (some of these captions seem unnecessary.) 


The official "picks list" 2014 is now over, but these are so fun to look at...

 
Maybe these skulls will make my "official pick list" next year. You never can tell.


Enormous pumpkin containers! Should they have been an "official" pick? I suppose it's too late now.


And now my official pick for "Official Best 'Best Costume' Trophy Pick of 2014" of the year award...


This is such a joyous sight. I bought them all last year, but they got me again by using different vintage designs!


Finally dark outside. Time for ART! There it is sitting in a public alley, NuPenny's Last Stand, by Randy Regier!


It's a hand built storefront full of handcrafted toys from another dimension!


There seems to be a Yeti flying the saucer!...





This creature comes to life when you press a button!...



There is some sort of secret code that goes with it all!


A TRIUMPH!!

It was late, but after seeing these doughnuts a billion times, everywhere I go on the internet, I had to visit Krispy Kreme!


It was the perfect ending to a great day! #HalloweenIsTheBestEver!!!