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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Halloween Haunting 101: Let’s Have Another Scream

Oh, these awkward pauses in between posts has to end!

I do have legit excuses though. We went through that terrible hurricane by the name of Irma two weeks ago (direct hit!), and we went 11 days without power! I have always been thankful for modern luxuries but good god do you become a cult-like follower of electricity when you’ve gone without for so long!

Regardless! I’m back and have some fun stuff to share!

First of all, I’ve confirmed that I will be reviving the ancient Seado tradition of the annual Halloween SoireΓ©. We are having a KILLER PARTY this year!

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As you know, I try to incorporate a theme for our parties every year. This time I went for a not so blatant Halloween theme and instead opted to celebrate traditional Slasher cinema.

This year’s party theme is a celebration of the classic horror slasher genre. The invite announcement above I designed to look like an 80’s/90’s horror film poster. I’m a huge fan of a good Teen Scream and I thought this would be the perfect revival for our tradition!

I also set up a video invite and a website for potential guests to go to! Check it out!

http://www.haveascreamwith.us

There’s a few details I will keep a secret for now as they’re a part of the twists and turns I’m putting together for my unsuspecting guests. πŸ™‚ But! Favors and DIY projects are already on my plate for this coming week! I’ll walk through some awesome ideas for decor and guest presents next weekend!

What’s your big plan for Halloween this year? Party? Trip? Tell me all about it!Β 

Until next time!

-Sarah

 

Halloween Haunting 101: Home Haunt Cinema-spiration

It’s a rather dreary Sunday here at Vespertine House. As your curator, I can say without a doubt that we are loving this weather here. πŸ™‚

It’s perfect for films and writing… and writing about films!

We’re officially at the 100-days-til-Halloween mark on the calendar and what better way to kick things off than with some Home Haunt themed cinema!

Last weekend I watched several documentaries about Home Haunters. Not only is this my favorite new documentary genre, but it’s also the most informative for those of us looking to break into the Haunting game. πŸ™‚

Maybe not that serious, but still… let’s get to it!

 

The American Scream, 2012

This film follows three deeply devoted Halloween enthused families in Massachusetts. Each family goes the distance by turning their homes into neighborhood haunts for one night a year.

What I loved most about this film was how devoted each haunter was. They work tirelessly all year to see their idea of the perfect haunt come to fruition for just one night. Not to mention you see the best bare-bones DIY prop-building. If you’re a home haunter you’ll completely admire the use of duct tape and PVC here.

Out of all the films I’ve seen so far on the subject this is by far my favorite. The people in this film display the greatest passion for Halloween and truly hope to bring some magic to the people in their community. Not for personal gain, but solely because they want to. I’m instantly reminded of how great Halloween was for me when I was a kid, a large influence in that being my Dad and his DIY attitude towards making it as spooky as possible while on a budget. No matter how much he worked, he’d make the time to make Halloween memorable and magical for me and my sister.

Shoutout to you, Dad. Thanks for keeping it creepy. ❀

Definitely check this one out- I believe she’s still available on Netflix!

 

Haunters, 2014

This film documents a Michigan family who operate their “Phobia” haunt every year. The owners of the haunt being year-round Halloween/Costume Shop owners who are devoted to building up the best for-profit haunt in their area. You see everything from conception to building to the launch. Plenty of melodrama ensues.

I enjoyed this one sheerly because it was great to see someone take the initiative to start their own indie haunt. We see plenty of these pop up in our own towns every year, but actually seeing what goes into that is a lot of fun. It was good to see so many people come together to help create an intricate full-on Halloween production.

Definitely available to watch on Amazon Prime- get at it!

 

Monsters Wanted, 2013

This film documents the creation of a large scale Halloween “Scream Park” in Kentucky. The Haunt is run by Rich Teachout and his small team who take the backlot of a paintball park to the next level with intricate builds and production. Lots of drama ensues.

This one documents a lot of the business side of the up-and-comers industry in haunts. This isn’t necessarily a large-scale, big time attraction, but it’s certainly one that’s well on its way. I can’t say this was at the top of my list as the best, mainly because there was a lot of unnecessary drama that was documented. It overall took away from the end product. I honestly felt that the team in this film spread themselves too thin by trying to create a giant theme park with minimal help and funds. There was a lot of great effort and plenty of amazing concepts but it really fell short overall.

It’s most definitely on Amazon Prime- Give it a shot and tell me what you thought!

 


All in all, i’m hoping to see more of these home haunt docs crop up. I absolutely love seeing what’s happening on the indie circuit. A common thread that these films shared was the passion for haunting and Halloween. Everyone creating these haunts are immensely dedicated to creating something amazing. I can totally appreciate that.

Have you seen these films? If so, which was your favorite??Β 

Until next time!

-Sarah

Get Excited: 100 Days to Halloween Giveaway!

It’s that day again!

One of many best moments of the year where we cross the threshold from a 3-digit countdown to a 2-digit countdown!

Get excited.

So, to mark the occasion, I’m spending the day watching a few Halloween favorites. Right now, I’m 40 minutes into Halloweentown and I’m already panicking over my lack of definitive plans for Halloween.

I’m very much considering seeing a psychic to give me the scoop as I’m terrible at decisions and this is the most important day of the year we’re talking about.

As we begin the official countdown, let’s discuss your favorite Halloween activities!

What are you most looking forward to as we get closer to the haunting holiday? What’s your favorite candy? What’re you dressing up as?? So many questions so little time!Β 

Share your answers in the comments below! I’ll randomly select one person to receive a Halloween themed mystery prize. Could be treats… could be tricks… πŸ™‚ Β Sadly this is this is open to U.S. residents only– I’m so sorry! But don’tΒ letΒ that deter you from sharing your excitement with us. πŸ™‚

Until next time!

-Sarah

 

 

Nefarious News: Grandin Road’s Halloween Haven 2017 Release

I’m certain everyone here has assumed I’m dead. I’m happy to report I am not… If I am, I’m blissfully unaware and can vouch Β that the afterlife is identical to waking life!

I sure have missed Vespertine House and talking to all of my “House Mates” here! I’m pushing myself to get back to casual writing as I’m hoping to incorporate more creative writing into my schedule as well.

Lots of verbiage on my plate.

And I like it. πŸ™‚

In more important news! Today was a truly amazing day as Grandin Road released their 2017 Halloween Haven collection! I got the email and spent the whole day filling my cart and lurking every single item in their range of new decor.

This year the theme is a cross between “The Faces of Halloween” and “Cirque”. There were a lot of stunning circus/carnival themed items. Many are a lovely little nod to the classic sideshow acts of days of yore. Or you know.. the stuff you see at the super shady carnival that rolls through town on a whim. Either way! Bring on the entertainment, baby!

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Grandin Road is known for beautiful home decor and offers stylish and unique options for decorating your favorite rooms in the house. They’re a little bit on the pricey side but, girl, they have a store card and, and, and that… that… makes it okay… right?

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Moving on! The following are some of my favorite items that are absolute MUST-HAVES for your haunted home this season!

Victorian Busts

So, last year I made my first purchase with Grandin Road and bought the set of masquerade masks complete with pedestals for year-round enjoyment. I wasn’t expecting much really as I figured they would be run-of-the-mill items that would just be a good addition to my ahem, interesting home decor.

Girl.

I was wrong.

These masks were jaw-dropping. They not only sit around two feet high, but the quality is high enough that I feel like I might get in trouble with some parental figure every time I touch them!

I want to say that the Victorian Busts are probably this year’s version of the masks in the sense that they’re best purchased as a pair even though you buy them separately.

This suffices to say that I think these are so adorable and just creepy enough to keep me interested without feeling uncomfortable when making inadvertent eye contact in passing.

Margaret and Willem are made of sculpted resin and feature intricate details including the fanciest of ribbons ever to be fathomed by man and soft woolen hair.

Talk about blueblood…

Each bust is $79 which may pop your wallet a little, but snatching up something like this would be a 365 investment (aka decor you can display all year round)!

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The Skellierina

I have a love for music boxes, add a little goth and you’ve got my new favorite thing.

Admittedly, when I saw this particular item I let out an audible “Ooooh…” and proceeded to gawk before adding it to my cart.

This Skellierina (get it?!) music box is a subtle nod to this year’s Cirque theme that stays true to the classiness of Grandin Road’s finer Halloween Haven decor. Skellierina rotates atop her black pedestal as green lights emanate from beneath her. According to the description, she plays music and is activated with the poke of a button. Which song she plays and how long she plays for is a mystery that only her new owners can solve!

She’ll set you back just a few bucks at $29. Again, this is another item you can keep around the entire year. What better way to commemorate Halloween all 12 months than with a little “tribute to thee” perched upon your mantle?

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“Palm Reader” Neon Sign

As someone who’s into everything obscure and strange, it goes without saying that this particular item would be a staple for my haunt this year.

The “Palm Reader” Neon Sign gives off that mysterious back-alley-psychic vibe.

You know… Like the gypsy shop that our hapless protagonist stumbles into from the rain one dark night only to have his fate change forever!

…Or at least until the second movie comes out.

This little beauty screams “come hither” to all your neighbors and will guarantee you the most mystical house on the block.

Pick this up for $79 and call it a day with your decorating this year. Although… you might want to put a few more decor items out just so you don’t get any desperados knocking on your door after hours asking for advice.

Unless you’re into that sort of thing…

If so, I just helped you found your new Psychic Consulting business and on a budget too!

You’re welcome.

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Animated Haunted Movie Projector

Every year I watch for the game-changing items debuting this season. I have to say that I was so impressed by this little guy…

The Animated Movie Projector is one of the more unique items I’ve seen in recent years. This animated projector’s reels roll as it projects an eerie vintage scene of a skeleton dancing to The Entertainer.

Girl.

I can get behind this.

I have yet to see this one in action which makes me a tiny bit hesitant to purchase on release day. I reached out to Grandin Road on Facebook about seeing a product video of this only to find that they currently don’t have that available. I’m hopeful it’ll be added shortly, but if not, I can’t feel too terrible about this prop as it costs a mild $39.

For a truly unique item that brings in a little vintage, whimsy, and horror, definitely pick this up!

 

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Six Arm Lady Shadow Box

This is the final item on my list and maybe my favorite.

This goes back to the whole vintage cirque thing Grandin Road is running with this year. And this displays it in a perfectly macabre way!

The Six Arm Lady Shadow Box displays a beautiful dancing shadow of a Medusaesque figure gently swaying her six arms up and down. This animatronic is downright hypnotic! Grandin Road thankfully added a product video of this item that I love more and more every time I watch it.

If you’re not sold with the projector as a unique Halloween prop, then this one might be the final nail in the coffin for you instead.

This old girl is a bit pricey, and is the most costly item on this list at $149. Fortunately, we can reference the whole store credit card thing again and justify it entirely because… Halloween. πŸ™‚

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Every item here counts as everyday decor… at least for yours truly.

Probably why I have no visitors.

Don’t be fooled- this is not the entirety of Grandin Road’s Halloween collection, there are numerous items that I loved and left out. I wanted to share my must-haves and grab your attention enough for you to at least browse their collection. If anything, you’ll be struck with inspiration to create your own little Halloween haven. πŸ™‚

So, spill your guts- what did you think of these items? Which were your faves and which were the knaves? I want to know. I miss you. πŸ™‚

-Sarah

Halloween Haunting 101: Outdoor Displays

We decorated the outside of our house this past weekend and man oh man was it brutal! 

Florida heat and sunshine is just unrelenting! πŸ˜“

I blistered my foot and scorched my skin so bad πŸ˜” I also had a touch of heat stroke halfway through the day. Such madness! 

In the end, after two days, we finished and I think the final product is well worth it all! ☺️

  
There were a few major issues, for one, Gemmy really needs to consider some sort of long term warranty for inflatables. Our large animated organ inflatable is losing air because the heat down here has worn down the fabric. πŸ˜” makes me sad because it’s beautiful and now it’s only inflating the organ and platforms, but our dancers are just falling limp after a short while. πŸ’”

On the upside, my Dad insisted on rigging it up to at least stand under our porch. β˜ΊοΈπŸ’œ

  
Overall, our biggest wow factor are the stand up props and gravestones I made! πŸŽ‰πŸ˜€πŸŽƒπŸ’œ lighting has also added major awesome points to our display! I spent the money and bought a Fire and Ice LED Spotlight in Toxic Green from Spirit Halloween, and I have to say it may be one of my favorite new things this year!  Great swirling green light with flecks of orange, wide range, and stays cool to the touch! Gorgeous little thing! πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸŽƒ

  
So, itchy sunburn and chaos aside, I really love our display this year! And our neighbors lost it when we decorated! They love it! Their daughter sits in the front yard in the evening waiting for us to turn on our lights! πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ So sweet! πŸŽƒβ˜ΊοΈ

VIDEO: Walk through my yard with me! 

So, what do you think? Did you decorate yet? I’d love to see! β˜ΊοΈπŸ’œ

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-Sarah

Sweet Spooks: Scarecrow SFX Makeup Run Through

I know, I’ve been neglecting you guys. πŸ˜”

I sorry.πŸ’œ

But! To redeem myself for this week, I did a fantastic tutorial from Mykie at Glam & Gore!Β 

This one was really easy to do and maybe took a total of 40 minutes! Not too bad. ☺️

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Modifiers:

  • Black slime by the eyes as I don’t have any gelatin to work with.
  • Elmer’s glue to adhere! ☺️
  • Regular stage/liquid blood for the seams. πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ»

I really loved this makeup, it’s majorly effective and so easy. I was asked on Facebook if this was itchy, and surprisingly no. My only issue was frays and dust from where I cut the fabric getting in my nose and mouth. But! I think it could be fixed if you cut these and shake them out really well beforehand! πŸ˜ŒπŸ‘πŸ»

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So, what do you guys think of this one? Thoughts? I also have another SFX thingy to share in a new post! πŸ˜€πŸŽ‰

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-Sarah