Thursday, September 14, 2017

Target's Monsterous Halloween Shop!

Ohhhh, Target...you're one of the best providers of Halloween feels. And I'm all about the Halloween Feels. This is nothing new. I've written about how much I love Target's Halloween offerings before. And the feeling of happiness always washes over me whenever I first lock eyes on their amazing Halloween setups every year. So this year, Target has completely lost their minds. First off, the theme of this years tremendous event is "Trickus Treatus". Now, I haven't seen anything related to the Roman Empire other than Roman Reigns figures in the toy aisle, but I'm pretty sure I dig the name and the theme anyway.

As soon as you see the entrance, you know things are gonna be insane this year..."BOOPORIUM"? Whoa. Hit the brakes there, Target. I gotta take all this in. This is amazing! Look at that! A cemetary gate, straight out of...well, I'd say Stephen King, but it's more or less along the lines of Monster High. Gotta keep it appropriate for the kids, amirite?

So we've come into our proverbial treasure chest. But what goodies await our discovery?

Ok, so a good warmup. The annual offerings of home and party goods. For some, Halloween is all about the party, and Target is hooking you up with the essentials for that party in spades, brah. Plates, napkins, decorations, and more! Pretty sweet deal. I know a couple people who love Halloween so much, they'd probably keep these up all year round. Do I blame them? Nope. I can't fault anyone for keeping up those sweet pumpkins and a Trick or Treat sign out in March!


For those into lawn decorating, you're in luck. There's some new pieces for your display! This adorable ghost and his buddy the equally adorable Creature Fromt he Black Lagoon are here to light up your day. Now seriously, how can I truly worry about anything else in this world knowing these two are in such a good mood celebrating Halloween?


Hungry? Some of the year round snacks have been given the temporary Halloween facelift. Colors, themes, and even new shapes and flavors for your favorite treats. My favorite? Well, duh. The black and orange Annie's graham bunnies! Although, I can't help but fall in love with Halloween Goldfish.

Ok, I want them all now.




Got a pet? Target doesn't discriminate. Good! They want to ensure your pet will have a delightful season as well as us. Although, I must confess to wanting a squeaky Dracula for myself. Especially when it looks like he's stuffed in a sleeping bag. My gosh, how do they expect me not to want that?!?! They know the demographic for pets and humans and they have no problem exploiting it!



It would be silly of me not to mention the yearly tradition of my fiance becoming overjoyed by the Halloween Pyrex. This year, the favorite seems to be adorable monsters. In previous years, it's been sugar skulls, cats, and ghosts. We have stacks of these bowls and usually use them for our bunnies to drink water out of. In fact, I spy a Christmas themed bowl in their pen right now.

Also, I'm in love the green lid. I like green, what can I say?


On a budget this Halloween? Are you a teacher looking to plan a Halloween party? Target's no fool. They know their shoppers are going to need some items that are more affordable and these items are absolutely perfect for kids of all ages!


Plastic fangs, maze games,  buckets of slime, pencils, pens, coloring books and more. Man, these send me back to a first grade Halloween party. All that's missing is scratch and sniff stickers and a Entenmanns Halloween cupcake to nibble on while watching that Halloween short with the dancing skeletons in the cemetery on a film projector. I love that companies still offer these. Just packs an extra nostalgic Halloween punch!



Well of course it wouldn't be Halloween without the big props! A tv that features a head bulging out, a spooky phone, a microphone and this year, we seem to be getting a projection set! I always love seeing these items. I can't always afford those big items at Spirit Halloween, but these are more affordable and much easier to store than a gigantic Exorcist dummy on a swing. Plus, I'd totally keep that microphone out all year round!



The main event, in my opinion. All roads lead here. Universal Monsters have taken over Target and I'm ok with that. When I was a kid, the Monsters were everywhere. In fact, my all time favorite food promotion was the Pepsi/Doritos promotions, which I wrote about years ago. The Universal Monsters are always a perfect fallback for Halloween. I mean what's more Halloween than a Frankenstein costume?  Now, in the most recent years, it seemed that they were being used sparingly by companies and only brought back when they couldn't get the rights for Freddy or Jason. I always loved seeing these characters in stores, especially around this time. I love the more contemporary horror icons, but we gotta still show some love for those who brought us to the dance.  Masks, costumes, makeup kits (that is definitely welcome throwback!) and fun accessory packs to ensure a great Halloween had by all. The highlight though is the beautiful plastic masks.


 For only $5 each, you too can become a 6 year old kid again and become a trick or treating Frakenstein, Bride of Frankenstein and my favorite of the three, The Creature From The Black Lagoon. These masks are pretty fantastic and a metric ton of fun to wear. I can also envision using these as decorations on my wall in the spare room. They're so great and brings out the kid in all of us!








Target has brought the Halloween goods and my confidence in celebrating Halloween is at an all time high. I can't wait to see what the rest of the season brings us. If you're like me, you're constantly checking every store for more goodies, and this is your best starting point!


-Chad

3 comments:

  1. My two local Target stores haven't gotten the masks in...but when they do, I am totally getting that Gill-Man one!

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  2. Yes, I need that Creature mask...and the little figure that I've seen pics of too.

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