@mbersiam I will dig around and see if I have anymore babies to make earrings out of… what about tiny hands?.. she have any of those?.. I might have some spare doll eyes lying around as well now that I think about it.
Yeah, there must have been a start some years ago, but there’s certainly no end in sight. I just like to know when I can go shopping for new and better home decor that fits the overall theme of death that I’ve built my home around.
Spooky Season used to start on October 1. I remember that from back in the ‘60s. In the ‘70s, the bags of Halloween candy started to show up in mid-September, and then the kids’ costumes began inching their way to Labor Day and beyond. Mostly, it still starts around September 1, but the fact that shabbily-made and overpriced “costumes” for adults are now merchandised in specialty pop-up stores (a few of which remain open all year in a few areas) is the big change from when it was just a kids’ thing here. And fan conventions (particularly the Anime events) have made “cosplay” an all-year activity.
A side note: In the '50s and ‘60s, one of the most popular candies that got tossed into kids’ bags was Bit-O-Honey, which was and remains a vile and nasty thing that only the truly insensitive would ever inflict on a hopeful child. There are a number of other toss-unopened types as well, for which no known subadult ever evinced the slightest interest or even tolerance. The experience of the brave or foolishly optimistic few who tried to peel the paper off of those was proof to the rest that these things were best quietly binned.
@werehatrack I don’t ever recall having a bit o’ honey. Maybe I’d feel differently now if I tried it. These days I don’t really eat candy since I get all the high-fructose corn syrup I need in everything I eat.
@Pony Ditto, I regularly go to Aldi’s this time of year to find creepy LED lamps for our living room ‘mood lighting’ theme.
As I sit here and look around, we have 6 flickering tiki lamps, a trio of LED candles, and 2-Halloween-themed metal lanterns with a room-wrapping string of multi-color LED’s doing a slow fade in/out cycle [although those are technically Christmas lights].
@Kyeh you bet your butt I did! I got super lucky! I missed the sale on the website. (Started in the middle of July!) I’ve been calling the stores asking when they were setting up their Halloween displays so I could be there when it happened.
I could of bought the new pumpkin vine skeleton that home Depot released as well… But it doesn’t fit the graveyard theme. I could of been a jerk and resold it like everyone else is doing.
Well thanks Kyeh! I wasn’t thrilled with it but for my 1st try it’s acceptable. And once I saw that it started rotting, perfection went out the door! Lol
The guy who was giving away his extra veggies (and pumpkins) had “dark purple” ping pong ball size tomatos that tasted amazingly delicious! Jus sayen…
Officially fall starts on the 22nd this year. In Florida it doesn’t really feel like fall weather until Halloween, or after.
I’ve been finding Halloween stuff for weeks now. Cracker barrel is the first around here and puts their stuff out in July. They’ve had their Christmas stuff out for 2 or 3 weeks now. Target is usually the last and sometimes they don’t put their stuff out until the end of September. Majority of places have it by labor day.
Spooky season is year long for me, which a lot of you already know.
Once I see Halloween stuff in stores, my spirit is lifted instantly. I know once November hits, I’ll be disappointed.
I want to decorate for Halloween now, but I don’t want my neighbors to think I’m too crazy. I think I’ll start the last week of September. Kinda like a lot of people do Christmas right after Thanksgiving. Get that last week of November in.
I’m itching to put up my giant 12ft skeleton. Maybe I can put him in my backyard, peeking around the corner of my house… Lol.
@RiotDemon Do you have a chimney? You could put him on the chimney like he’s climbing to the top. Or on the roof, like an overhang, partially sticking out like he’s looking at anyone coming towards the house. There’s a lot you could do with him! Sound fun!!
@Tadlem43 no chimney. I think I’m going to put him dead center in my yard, or center of the front of my house so I can maybe attach some additional anchors to him. I don’t know yet. I have so much more Halloween stuff this year than I did last year because my friend gave me a bunch of stuff. I’ll have to play it by ear as I start putting it out. The worst part is that the grass is still growing super fast in October and my lawn still needs to be mowed every 1-2 weeks… Which is frustrating as hell when it’s covered with stuff, lol.
Unofficially, year-round. Personally officially, August 8th, as that is the anniversary of the earliest I have ever seen Halloween garbage on the ground (I always mean to post the photo I took that day on instagram, but almost always forget). Generally, I guess when the weather changes, but maybe when the leaves start changing (check) and acorns start showing up on the ground (also check). So, if someone’s wearing a light jacket, it’s begun (also check, saw a man unnecessarily in a light jacket ealier tonight).