Monday, November 30, 2009
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Saturday, November 21, 2009
Last night was "Holiday in the Park" in Burbank, an annual "welcoming of the holiday season". There was live music in the streets, many types of food, and most of the stores were open for business. Although the Halloweentown store was not open, their windows were dressed perfectly for the upcoming holidays.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
More photos from Stats Floral in Pasadena. I like their store - they always have their Halloween displays up by early August, and the displays are done very nicely. I bought the above prop from them a few years ago. I call her "Mamacita". The building was originally built as a hotel in the 1890s. A fire burned the upper levels of the hotel in the early 1900s and the once tall hotel became just one story tall. You can still see melted plaster from the fire on the top of the columns in their Christmas tree display room. A great store with a spooky past! Click on any of the photos for a larger view.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
In keeping with the "Potential Halloween Disaster" theme as in the previous "Fortune-Telling Charms" post, I found this 1903 patent online for a Halloween mask. I would have never thought to design a paper or cardboard mask that ties over your head and is illuminated by a REAL candle. What could possibly go wrong?
A friend of mine once baked coins into chocolate chip cookies to surprise her family, she thought it would be magical for them to find money that way. Her brother nearly lost his tongue when it was burned by a sizzling hot nickel. Ah, how did we survive our childhoods?
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
This diecut appears in one of the early Halloween collector books, but I've never been able to find one of these diecuts in person. In the 1990s I created a vector illustration of this and printed it in a very large size to use as a decoration. I think this is as close as I'm going to get owning a copy of this rare Beistle diecut.
The William Castle Film Collection (13 Frightened Girls / 13 Ghosts / Homicidal / Strait-Jacket / The Old Dark House / Mr. Sardonicus / The Tingler / Zotz!)
Monday, November 16, 2009
If you are missing or need replacement paper inserts for your vintage Halloween papier mache pumpkins, cats, devils, etc, make sure to check out my sales page on Spookshows.com . The inserts are only $2.50 each right now and are printed on vellum with the exception of the "Choir Boy" inserts which, like the originals, are printed on less transparent paper. Nearly all of the American papier mache lanterns have replacement inserts available on my website.