Menards Halloween is Up - August 2021
The team at the Bolingbrook Menards has begun to transition away from Summer/camping/back-to-school in the seasonal section to the best part of the year: early Halloween - which gives way to early Christmas. That means they have inflatables, window clings, a small amount of generic "fall" stuff (you know...it says things like 'give thanks' and what-have-you) and their spooky village.
Here, below, you can see some of the inflatables they have this year. They're also adding some non-inflatable "creatures". Dragons and such that are meant for the front yard and have some motorized movements, but not inflatable. This row of inflatables features just one licensed Halloween inflatable: a Frankenstein Minion halloween inflatable. The rest are Menards house-brand, something called "Pumpkin Hallow". They have this skeleton popping out of a jack-o-lantern, the dragon (you can see part of him on the right) and something they call "4' bat". But, he's really a blue vampire. There were no inflatables at our store that were as cool as the HUGE, moving inflatable spider that they had a few years back.
I've posted about the Menards Halloween section over the years - usually in August. The first time was nine years ago tomorrow - August 27, 2012. Then, it was three years later - August of 2015 when I shared some Menards Halloween photos again. In 2016, we visited again when it was setup - late August.
2017 - when they had a really big Lemax Spooky Village. And, again in 2018. 2019, I posted some Disney-related stuff from our Halloween visit to Menards. They didn't have much of that stuff at all this year. Or, at least, they haven't put it out yet. I don't seem to have posted about the Halloween setup last year (Thanks, COVID).
But, I'll tell you that this year wasn't awesome. Maybe a combination of (at least) four things?
1. We went to the Bolingbrook store. That's an 'older style' store.
2. Maybe all the stuff isn't out yet? Because there wasn't a ton of things. Maybe just three rows plus a small Spooky Village.
3. COVID-impact? Is what they've put out mostly left-overs from last year? Did they have supply-chain issues in getting stuff landed this season?
4. The trend towards their own house brand. Pumpkin Hallow is picking up steam in all decoration categories and they're carrying a ton of house brand merchandise. I mentioned above that most of the inflatables are house brand. Wait until I post about a few of the Halloween Village buildings I saw. There were just two that were Lemax Spooky Town. The rest were "Pumpkin Hallow".
I'm hoping that Christmas will be better.