Halloween Haul: The First Catch of The Season

It’s not even October yet and I’m already quite fiscally invested in Halloween finds!

I like to shop early considering most stock at stores gets completely destroyed by the end of season… that or they sell out of the good stuff.

I hit up Big Lots, Home Goods, Target, Spirit Halloween, Halloween City, and of course the Dollar Tree. Yes, you read that right, October hasn’t arrived and I’ve already tapped most stores. πŸ™‚

I reported earlier on the Grandin Road Halloween Haven preview, including one particular item I found at Big Lots for a lower price.

So, Big Lots was a little bit of a bust. The two items I had my heart set on were really terrible quality. The Haunted TV broke when I got it home, and the Haunted Projector broke in the checkout… as I handed it to the cashier… seriously just fell apart. Really bad quality and extremely disappointing. 😦

On the upside! I managed to find a few beautiful loveables!

Home Goods Win!

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I found this beautiful bust amongst their eclectic mix of one-off Halloween items. I always love and hate going to stores like Home Goods as you find items that are not mass produced and sold by the case. At the same time, I may end up kicking myself for not getting something when I had the chance. This bust is extremely heavy and is either made of clay or some kind of metal mould. My keys are there for a size comparison. I still have this in the trunk of my car until I figure out where to put it! πŸ™‚ This set me back a mere $60.

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Simple mug with beautiful gold accents. She was my water cup during the hurricane. ❀ So pretty and only $4!

Halloween City

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So, I did end up buying a few odds and ends- A giant Jack o’ Lantern tote bag, a rubber knife, a pumpkin pen, and two mystery pack keychains (Lydia Deets & Mama Voorhees ❀ ). The people here were so nice and I really was impressed by the price points- probably a good place for Halloween decor and supplies if you’re on a budget. I saw these little guys on a shelf near the front and thought they were so adorable! I snapped a pic and moved on to get my little things. I went out to my car and texted my sister this photo and told her that she needed to come and check the store out. Her response of how cute they were made me examine the photo again… and of course I said “fuck it” ran back in the store and straight for them. The manager saw me back in and said “Alright, what did you see that you had to come back for?!”. We discussed these cuties and how I get remorseful in missing out on certain things. He felt the same way and told me they carried these a few seasons back, in which he intended to buy them, however they sold out before he had a chance. Even if it was sales talk, my heart was already there! The biggest issue was deciding which one to buy. These are $24 and as much as I love them, I could tell the material in which they’re made up of did not qualify for a total of $48 in spending. I found a damaged Freddy (his hat had been glued back down after someone fucked him up) and I asked if I could haggle down the price. In the end the spirit of the haunting season took hold and I paid $18 for him and regular price for the other- making the commitmment a little easier to digest. I now have no regrets and can sleep soundly knowing these are my babies. πŸ™‚ Again, these will set you back $23.99.

Candy Alert!

Did you know that Nerds Rope has a Halloween version as well as Tic Tac!? These are delicious btw. I also saw M&M’s has a Cookies and SCREAM flavor this year (dark chocolate and white chocolate- black shell which makes them amazing).

Now these items aside, I found a few things at the Dollar Tree and Target.

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I added Coffin Garland from Target to my cube wall, a coworker gifted me the beautiful witch sign also from Target, and I added the Pumpkin bin with candy for good measure! I also picked up a beautiful Monsterville Cloche (not pictured here) that’s an animated depiction of the burning windmill in Frankenstein. So lovely at $25.

I bit the bullet and ordered the Dancing Shadow Box from Grandin Road (30% off and it was marked down!), as well as a few Fire and Ice lights for the yard this year (also marked down to $14 which is an really good price considering they’re at least $24 everywhere else!).

Have you been Halloween shopping yet?? If so, what did you find? If not, when do you plan to do so and what are you looking for? πŸ™‚Β 

Until next time!

-Sarah

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BOGO Totems, Spells for Sale, & Everything Else You Should Never Buy on The Internet

I apologize for not posting in a week or two. Up until yesterday morning I was recovering from some terrible stomach plague and had no energy for anything.

Cue the pity tears.

During my time on my death bed, I found myself swiping on Tinder for a doctor that could explain why I was dying, as well as cleaning up my inbox.

I subscribe to a lot of, ahem, interesting websites.

I try to keep up with the stranger occult and paranormal communities as having a finger on that creepy pulse keeps things lively! Also, I just really enjoy some of the “seriousness” that’s out on those sites & forums… Oh, the people you’ll meet!

There’s one particular site that leaves me scratching my head every time one of their emails slithers into my inbox.

Haunted Curiosities is a forum and online store that specializes in “rare” and “unique” “occult” items. You can find everything ranging from totems to a retreat in the woods with included spiritual cleansing.

Please note that certain keywords in the above paragraph are in quotes for a very specific reason:

In between bouts of vomiting, I dug around in their shop. Not only are the items for sale promising the greatest power, luck, wealth, love, & even immortality.

What’s even more interesting is that each item basically has a short story depicting the great lengths the shopkeepers went to to procure said item, and if that doesn’t make you scoff then the price points for these items will.

Now, I know what you’re thinking “but, girl… nobody is stupid enough to fall for that shit. Or at least no one has that kind of money to just throw at this crap”.

You’d be surprised.

I did some more digging and the craigslist of complaints, Ripoffreport.com, turned up quite a few reports on the shady-shady of Haunted Curiosities.

Not only was I surprised to see that people were spending their hard earned cash on the junk that this site was hashing out, but there were many instances in which a person repeatedly patronized the site trying to get something out of their purchase.

It was pretty sad.

Beyond this site, I found a whole section on Ripoff Report for people who were swindled out of big bucks by shady paranormal investigators and supposed mystics. This ranged from a few bucks for a bad psychic reading, all the way up to several thousands of dollars for repeated “cleanings” in order to prevent “predicted” terrible fates from befalling their loved ones.

I suppose there’s a lesson to be learned here.

Like, never ever shell out loads of hard earned cash for spiritual experiences or items in hopes that they will be the answer to all your problems. I know things can get rough some times, but going all-in with your faith in tow can only lead to disappointments.

This is not to discourage you from going to get your palm read or your tarot cards shuffled every once in a while. As long as you’re not relying on it to solve all your problems in life, I think you’re good. But beware of any psychic who would give you good news and then immediately push you to drop more cash for more answers.

Not worth your time, bro.

I think this suffices to say that you should avoid purchasing any and all of the aforementioned Β items/services online. Solely because I don’t want to see your lovely name on Ripoff Report, baby. πŸ™‚

So, tell me, what sort of crazy shady stuff have you seen online? What’s the craziest story of spiritual swindling you’ve ever heard? Have you ever been a victim of such? It’s okay, I’m here to support you and hunt those sons of bitches down. πŸ™‚Β 

‘Til next time!

-Sarah