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

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

Nefarious News!

I’m so stoked to say that I’m now officially an ambassador for YourLamode.com! πŸŽ‰πŸ˜†πŸŽ‰πŸŽƒ

The company enjoyed Vespertine House and my Sweet Spooks SFX series so much, the offered me an exclusive ambassadorship! Huzzah! πŸ˜€πŸŽ‰πŸŽƒ

YourLamode has an awesome variety of costumes and accessories! Perfect for Halloween! πŸ˜€πŸŽƒπŸ’œπŸŽƒπŸ’œ

Definitely have a look at their site, and! If you decide to make a purchase, use my name SARAHSEADO, and receive 10% off your order! πŸ˜€πŸŽ‰πŸŽƒπŸŽ‰πŸŽƒ

  

So, did you see anything you liked? What’re you going to be for Halloween?! πŸ˜€πŸŽƒπŸ˜€πŸŽƒ

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-Sarah

Throwback Thursday: Halloween Decor 2013

[Featured image is in fact Jacks I carved in 2009- Yes, they are of Trick ‘R Treat’s Sam!]

We generally put up the same stuff each year except we just add more lol.😌

This TBT is is honor of 2013’s layout (last year was pretty much the same)! Our house is the most boisterous on the block that’s for sure! lol☺️

We will most definitely be building our own props this year to add a bit more to our outdoor layout!

And I couldn’t be more excited to share all of that progress with you in the coming months!πŸŽƒπŸŽ‰

Eek!

So, what do you typically put out for Halloween decorations? Do you decorate outside or inside more? How excited are you for the upcoming haunting season?!πŸŽƒπŸ˜†

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-Sarah

Nefarious Necessities: Earth Shine, Worship 13, Kruel Intentions, Black Moon Cosmetics

I spend a lot of time coveting the beautiful things posted in my Instagram feed.☺️

I follow a few shops that I just Love.πŸ’œ

Today I figured I’d do a short roundup of my favorite items from some of these shops.

Because, I think everyone needs to get in on the goods here!☺️

Earth Shine

Earth Shine is an Etsy shop that sells some gorgeous jewelry. Lots of their stuff involves crystals and natural stones which I love. They also have an array of charm-ing necklaces and rings.😍

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These just steal my heart.

These just steal my heart.

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Worship13

So, it sounds like a weird cult but really Worship13 is this awesome online shop that sells horror inspired jewelry and accessories. They have an awesome assortment of pendants and even accept custom orders! Not to mention, their prices are totally reasonable, especially if you’re a frugal frightener.

Their new line of vintage Halloween jewelry is coming out soon!!!πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

I want this so hard!

I want this so hard!

Kruel Intentions

Kruel Intentions has some lovely pieces that I keep eyeing. I love the mystical element to her stuff and she also works a lot with crystals. Her work is lovely quite ornate. Definitely a must have as most everything will pair nicely with your wardrobe.πŸ˜πŸ’œ

Crystal Ball rings... I can't even. Too perfect!

Crystal Ball rings… I can’t even. Too perfect!

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I do love moon jewelry, but these are everything!

I do love moon jewelry, but these are everything!

Gorgeous.

Gorgeous.

Black Moon Cosmetics

So, I’ve been drooling over this brand for a while. Unlike the others mentioned here, Black Moon Cosmetics is, of course, a independent makeup brand and you will simply die when you see the shades they’ll be releasing with their launch in September!πŸ’œπŸŽ‰

The rose sort of nude on the left is what I have my eye on!!

The rose sort of nude on the left is what I have my eye on!!

These gorgeous photos are served up directly from each seller’s Instagram…

Now you understand why I’ve been obsessing.😏

So, which of these pieces did you love? Which brand are you most likely to shop in the near future? Tell me, tell me!β˜ΊοΈπŸ’œ

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-Sarah

Nefarious Necessities: I Need To Return Some Videotapes…

I would count this as a Look of The Day as well but, I really can’t add much to this to make it better.😍

Shop this "...Lethal, on the verge of frenzy" dress at Rebelcircus.com!

Shop this “…Lethal, on the verge of frenzy” dress at Rebelcircus.com!

http://www.rebelcircus.com/women-s-american-psycho-bodycon-dress.html

I love it so much.

And I need it.😁

Are you an American Psycho fan? Admittedly Patrick Bateman is my dream-love.πŸ’œ

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-Sarah