Every year I live for Halloween. I usually start decorating and crafting for the holiday the first weekend in September. Last year, because I made some of my decorations – Apothecary bottles and Spooky Botanicals – my husband suggested I start in August. I thought that was a bit early, but not outrageous. He was right, though, I didn’t have everything finished that I wanted to in time for our party. This year, I did start in August.

Fun for me is also looking at all the merchandise the stores put out every year. I usually buy something every year to add to my collection. But I also like to get ideas from the goodies for sale. I noticed already that both Walmart and Lowe’s are following the trend of wreaths.

I always take note to myself when I have been to the first store and perused the Halloween. It’s the official beginning of the season for me. This year it was Kroger. First the Kroger down the street and then my Kroger that is closer. Kroger usually has at least one something cute. But this year – maybe it’s early – the have they standard fare: a few costumes/masks, some fall¬†schlock, toys, etc. Nothing impressive.

Walmart was the 2nd store this year that I have visited. Last year, it seemed Walmart was late to get their items out for Halloween. I had to pick up a few things and just happen to see the Halloween inflatables on the top of the gondola in the seasonal section. I am usually always disappointed in Walmart’s offerings. They are big on costumes, masks, and candy, some decoratives, some inflatables, jack-o-lanterns, and some outdoor and window decorations and lights. But it’s rare that they have something unique and worth taking home. This season, however, I was thrilled to see that they had a few very cute things. And the prices were not bad either. In fact, I had to go ahead and buy one of the cute items because there was only one at my location – again, it’s a little early – and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to find it again when I wanted to.

See Walmart’s offerings below:

Glitter Ravens and Owls for under two bucks:

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A nicely painted black resin “boo” sign with a quality feel for under $4:

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Glitter covered bats and spiders for under a buck:

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Glitter skulls for under $3:

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Hanging glittered cardboard spiders and bats for under $2, I believe. I thought these were a little pricey for cardboard, but I think the glitter is the expensive component.

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Striped bats of cloth and plastic for under $4. They seemed to have an under wire for posing and look like they probably glow in black light.

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Some different tombstone shapes than you normally see. It irks me though that 99% of all tombstones have R.I.P. on them. Is that as creative as we can get after all this years?

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Black feather owls for under $6:

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Black feather ravens in two sizes for under $8 for the large and under $3 for the small. A little pricey for both sizes considering you can get the small size of almost the same quality at the Dollar Tree.

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And the cutest things that Walmart had was the small animated male and female vampire busts for under $8. The eyes light up and they speak several different phrases each when activated. Though the faux finish is plasticy, I think I could do a more convincing finish once I got them home.

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Lastly, was the item I thought I might not see again so I went ahead and purchased it. It’s an antique phone that has the old-phone ring and speaks several phrases and makes other sound effects when activated. ¬†I think I could faux the finish on it as well to make it more convincing. It seemed to be of good enough quality and the price wasn’t bad for the overall effect, under $15.

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I am so excited about Halloween and all the new merchandise to discover.

Keep Calm and Haunt On!

I am sure that is pinned on Pinterest somewhere.