Monday, October 19, 2009

Halloween Post: A special Treat (No tricks)

Good evening, I have a special exhibition for this October night. There are some things that remind us of our youth and bring back memories of Halloween's long past. A certain magic was in the air on that autumn evening, and every time I see these next presentations, Those nights out in the cold come back to me. These were used as a window display along with the previous posts, Blow mold decorations and "Disco Witch".

Now this first piece is called "Jack O' Lantern Goblin" made by Beistle in the 1970's and was reissued this decade as a blacklight version. (This will be the blacklight version) In the 1980's it was reimagined as a pumpkin goblin with a witch hat. There was a series of goblins that were issued including, Witch Goblin,  Skeleton Goblin, and Jack O' Lantern  Goblin.

(some of you may recognize this decoration from "Halloween 3")

Jack O' Lantern Goblin 1976

This next decoration is a Large Bat that is about 30" inches across and glows well under a blacklight. It is unknown which company issued this bat.

And now I will present my pumpkin mask from Hallmark stores, it was released as a series of masks in about 1984. The masks were : Vampire, Vampiress, Pumpkin, and Skull.

I have repainted this mask to be blacklight reactive, as the original paint was not in good shape.
Hallmark Cards Pumpkin mask 1984

Monday, October 12, 2009

Halloween Post: Old Halloween Decorations

Good Evening, for this special exhibition, May I present blow mold illuminated Halloween decorations from the late 1960's or early 1970's. Though my research is not complete, I believe one of them to be made by Empire Plastics.

This picture is from my Halloween decorations circa 2004. From the left to right is a pumpkin wearing a witch hat on top of corn stalks, in the middle is a porcelain black cat from the mid 1980's and on the end is a scarecrow. (Some of you sharp eyed patrons might see the legs from "Disco Witch" featured in a previous post). The decorations are iluuminated with standard C5 Christmas lights.
(I wanted to embed my video from my other myspace account, but for some reason it will not show up.)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Halloween Post: Monster Movies

Good evening, as this being October and there are many Halloween themed posts, I have decided to go with the flow. With that being said I would like to present Horror Movie books from the 70's
The first book in this Exhibit is "A Pictoral History of Horror Movies" by Denis Gifford
published by Hamlyn in 1973.

(The protective sleeve featured King Kong)

The front endpaper is " House of Wax" (1953) with Vincent Price
The title page features an image from "House of Dark Shadows" (1970)

The second book is The Movie Treasury "Horror Movies" by Alan G. Frank published by Octopus books in the 1974.
The protective sleeve features a scene from "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" (1964) featuring Peter Cushing on the front and the backside features a scene from "The Satanic Rites of Dracula" (1973) with Christopher Lee.

The front endpaper features another scene from "The Satanic Rites Of Draclula"(1973)

The title page features a scene from "Captain Clegg" aka "Night Creatures"(1962) with Peter Cushing.

And now for a bonus: "The House of Horror : The Story Of Hammer Films" published by The Third Press in 1973

The cover features the "Twins of Evil"(1971) poster

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