|Four foot "porch sitter" from Target with plush kitty. Pillows from past years.|
Hello everyone! Hello! I have to apologize for falling off the face of this blog for a month. While I'm an old pro at teaching in the classroom and asynchronously online, this whole synchronous online teaching thing is new to me. So far it's going well. For the most part everything is well-planned and the technology is cooperating. However, it's my first semester conducting synchronous online learning and the prep work is time consuming. By the time I catch my breath, it's time to start the week all over again! Things are finally starting to settle down around here and I suspect I'll have a nice "rhythm and flow" going in no time.
As you know, we weren't quite sure if we were going to do any in-person Halloween shopping this year. Even though Covid cases have dropped dramatically in NYC, Ed and I haven't been taking any chances. A few weeks ago, I speculated that the only shopping we would do was online and proceeded to post images of what we ordered from Target's website. In mid-August we decided to mask up and head to Michael's and HomeGoods to see how we felt about it. I'm happy to report that Michael's was a marvelous experience. Everyone was wearing masks, keeping their distance, and following the rules. HomeGoods, not so much. We ran out of there and haven't returned! We've been back to Michael's twice and were lucky enough to snag a few nice pieces. We also went to Spirit Halloween where we bought some Hocus Pocus merchandise. And finally, though totally unrelated to Halloween stuff, we ventured into Trader Joe's! Granted, we initially went to scout for pumpkin spice yummies, but we ended up doing our food shopping. It was SO nice to be able to pick out our own produce again. The store wasn't really crowded and everyone wore masks. The TJ's employees were extraordinarily helpful, understanding, and kind. SO YAY! Trader Joe's! We'll be back.
|Vulture from Target|
|"Hide & Eek" mantel pumpkin with mini light-up figurines from Target|
Besides the four foot, felt skeleton and kitty shown at the beginning of this post, we bought a bunch of things online from Target. I featured our purchase in THIS POST, so I'm not going to repeat myself. However, I do want to point out that the quality of Target's Halloween stuff is only getting better! The felt skeleton, matching wreath (not pictured), kitty, and vulture are well-made and look like they can withstand some use. The stitching and details, though simple, are just about perfect. The vulture is a lot like the crows from the past few years. They are balanced and can sit on their own feet without propping.
|"Hide & Eek" mini mantel figurines from Target|
|Blow molds from Michael's|
|Pumpkin Man and Gate from Michael's|
|Kitty and Pumpkin Man from Michael's|
|Hocus Pocus POP! Pez for Spirit Halloween|
For a bunch of folks, Spirit Halloween is the place to get all things creepy and gory. For us, it's the place to grab exclusive Hocus Pocus stuff! I don't collect POPS!, but I do have a few. For example, I have the Addams Family POPS!, David Bowie as Jareth, Professor McGonagall, Mary Poppins, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Iggy Pop (yes, it's an Iggy Pop POP! HAHAHAHAHA!), and two different versions of the Sanderson Sisters. Billy Butcherson is on order ... and I couldn't resist these Sanderson Sisters POP! Pez. Aren't they adorable? Real collectors would have a heart attack because I take my POPS! out of the boxes to display them. I'll probably do the same with these. And I HAVE TO eat the candy!
|Billy Butcherson and Emily Binx Tombstones from Spirit Halloween|
|Billy Butcherson Tombstone from Spirit Halloween|
|Emily Binx Tombstone from Spirit Halloween|
The coolest Hocus Pocus merchandise at Spirit this year are these tombstones for Billy Butcherson and Emily Binx. Like most weird, spooky Goth kids, I like graveyards. However, I have a deep, scholarly interest in Colonial American stones. I've always loved how both of these stones refer to Colonial gravestone imagery, but don't copy it. These feel like a heavy plastic and I'm sure they were meant to be bookends ... well, that's what they're going to be used as!
|Ghost tea light holder from Yankee Candle|
RANDOM FUN STUFF:
Of course no Halloween Hunt would be complete without loading up on CANDY!!! This was the first Halloween Candy Haul of the year. We did buy two more bags of candy corn/harvest mix in the last few weeks, but that's about it. I'm showing incredible restraint because I can eat my own weight in candy corn! More on why I'm not in a later post.