Ah, Spirit Halloween shop - the sure sign that we are all anxiously awaiting the cooler, darker, spookier season. I just went through it today and got a look at the trends for 2018 and I was double thumbs up pleased!
My personal favorite focuses of Halloween are the countryside dark harvest type items and Spiritual Movement of the turn-of-the-century gothic.
Happily, they had both!
I love pumpkin patches, cornstalks, hay bales, scarecrows, corn dollies (I wish they had these in their decor). So I was very pleasantly surprised that scarecrows made a big show in animatronics, decor, and costuming.
They still have a vast assortment of clown-related items too which the past few years have been popular (like zombies before them). I'm very happy that they are making more tall-scaled items as tall heights makes one feel helpless.
They have added Hocus Pocus and Nightmare Before Christmas as special focus items -
I thoroughly enjoyed the Spiritualist's movement items that are gothic and fortune-telling/scrying in nature.
Their section of black light/holographic/fog machine items has really expanded with more items that go with it, including paints and chalks for black light.
I was hoping to see my honey, Michael Myers, in life-sized animatronic, but the shop was just recently opened and still filling the areas. I will definitely be back.
There were better headstones than years previously and haunted animatronics, skeletons, and the like.
Costuming had the usual offerings and the trendy stuff - cartoon characters/superheroes/gaming and online references. There were a lot more humor-related costumes than usual and some awesome steampunk which is my favorite!
These gorilla and werewolf masks came with matching gloves -
And, it wouldn't be Halloween without the Slutz R Us section -
Hey, Halloween IS fantasy time!
Don't forget my Halloween book -
(a how-to for making adult Halloween your own special season)