It seems like Menards Halloween has come back this year. After a down year (at least it appeared to me to be 'down' and likely due to COVID + Supply Chain issues), it appeared that - on our visit this month - they had TONS of new stuff. This post is going up in late August, but our visit was on Saturday, August 13th, so they had all of their stuff up mid-August. I've covered this in the past - here's last year . Below is a look at their Halloween village. Of note, they've TOTALLY phased out all Lemax Village buildings and are now showing their own house brand of Pumpkin Hollow Halloween buildings and structures. Menards always has a good set of holiday inflatables and this year they're showing a new (to me) Disney licensed Halloween inflatable featuring the three Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus (and soon... Hocus Pocus 2 ). It is just five feet wide, but costs more than $100. Dang that Disney license. Menards is also selling a couple of tabletop Hal
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In what I know many of you will find to be a dissatisfactory notice, I'm disappointed to report that last night - Halloween 2021 - there was no visitor trick-or-treat tally that was conducted. This is (now) the second year in a row that I've failed to both conduct the tracking assessment as well as failed to post the results here on the blog. I'll take a COVID pass for 2020. But, this year? Just a product of the new neighborhood, going out with the kids to trick-or-treat and not being able to control the tracking. Now...like a lot of you, we have video evidence that I could go through to try to recreate the visitor list and make a tally, but I don't have time for that this morning. Here's an example showing the Mandalorian and his buddy who plays for the Chicago Bears. ( Note...I grabbed this screenshot without the kids faces showing on purpose... ) Of note, I have started to track the weather on Halloween. Yesterday - Halloween 2021 was perfect. 50's
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'
Here's the tally from last night's visitors in Downers Grove: 32 kids we know. 20 kids we don't know. 15 adults with costumes. 3 kids no costume. And 3 Adults no costume. That would be a total of 73 with a pretty big asterisk. Last year, we had 24 total. All kids we knew . And that was a pretty sad number. I think it is safe to say that these numbers are in dispute. For sure, the numbers in the red circles below, I think we can just simply throw out. It was snowing like crazy and we don't live in Elmhurst any longer so there were no Adults and no babies out there like there have been in some years. So, let's throw out those numbers. Minus 21. Takes our 73 down to 52. That seems plausible. We did the whole 'bowl on the front porch' thing when we were out, so there's no counting those kids. But, like we do every year, Nat has a little party at our house after trick-or-treating and there are more than a dozen kids that c
I've covered Halloween inflatables here on the blog over the years - but they've mostly been about Menards. Like this Blinking Owl from a few years back . Or these two big inflatables that Nat allows me to put on the porch for a few weeks the past two years. This year Menards has gone all-in on Jack Skellington, Sally and Oogie Boogie from 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'. But, I've been going to Home Depot a little bit more regularly than I was in the past and discovered their Halloween section this season and am delighted (and surprised) by all the Beetlejuice stuff there. The biggest piece in the whole section is this inflatable, animated Sand Worm that you can see in the photo above. The center-most worm moves - and you can see it in this brief video below: That's not the only Beetlejuice item - they also have another giant Sand Worm, but this time, it has a screen on the face of it to broadcast movies. They claim to use 'projection
Day three of the run of SpookyTown buildings from Menards this season is here. First there was the Symphony of Screams bandshell . Then the tabletop Halloween Gateway Countdown yesterday. Today, is this Wasteland Pub building. Just like those two, t he Wasteland Pub is new for 2019 and part of the Menards Spookytown setup. As I mentioned the past few days, Mantleburg isn't in a position to want or need any new annexations this season, so the Wasteland Pub is destined for other municipalities. I posted back in 2016 about another Lemax Pub - the Big Ben Pub from Caddington Village . A village like Mantleburg that is in distress can probably use a pub to have the community gather. Alas, the Mayor hasn't been seen in months and there's nobody around to make those decisions. Too bad, right?
As I mentioned in yesterday's post about the haunted bandshell from Lemax's Spookytown , Menards has a bunch of new (to me, at least) items in the Halloween Village. Again....to be clear: there's been a revolution and the Mayor of Mantleburg has been thrown out and the locals have opted to be annexed by other Villages. Mostly by the Village of Craigslist. This isn't quite a building and isn't quite a figure - in the Lemax world. It is technically classified as a 'Tabletop Piece" in the Lemax site architecture. And, I think that's justified. Menards had this Gateway Countdown featured *inside* of their SpookyTown setup - you can see it below: So, it can make sense inside of a Halloween Village setup. But, I think it could also make sense on it's own. The little bin holds the extra numbers on the right and you have to go in and switch them out everyday. Or the kids have to go in and switch them out everyday. Which, in our house mea
Despite it being November and Halloween is squarely in our rearview mirror, I still wanted to post about one of our Halloween traditions: a visit to Canyon Trail Cemetery in Carol Stream to see all the haunts and ghosts and witches and scares. We've visited the Canyon Trail Cemetery for the past five years - counting this year. This post covers our visit in 2018. Our visit in 2017 . Our visit in 2016 . Our visit in 2015 . Our visit in 2014 . This year, it was a little too scary for the KotBT. He didn't like some of the things that leap out and what have you. So we did a quick tour, then headed back to the van. Nat and the girls spent more time looking at everything. We did notice a few new things - or at least they were new to us. In particular...I've never noticed the Haunted Mansion sounds/speech from Madame Leota and her levitating head scene from the ride . You know the part, right? Here: It's too late for you to visit this year, but make
My...how the mighty have fallen. That list above is our sad tally sheet from last night. It only has five marks before we went out trick-or-treating and ended up with 24 total. Oh, and a big drink stain on it. Twenty Four. And that's being VERY GENEROUS by counting all the little ones that live on our block who came over to our house with their parents for a little post trick-or-treating party. The five were kids that rang the bell and I dropped candy into their bowls/bags. Mostly middle school kids. The 19 others were kids who did, indeed, take candy from our bowls, but also stuck around for a while. We then went out with the kids to hit up the neighborhood. And we put out a bowl. About 150 pieces of candy (based on the bag having 300 pieces... I poured in about half) in the bowl. Set it out on our front porch. And put our Nest camera pointing towards it. You can see the little orange bowl just off our front door mat below: It didn't take long for kid
Yesterday, I posted a photo of the three kids at the Bolingbrook Menards taking in the Lemax Spooky Town display . As part of that display, I picked out a few structures that I'll post over the coming days here on the blog. I started this tradition of posting photos of Spooky Town structures all the way back in 2012 when I posted this photo of this Tombstone Quarry . In 2016, I did three posts on Spooky Town Lemax buildings and same in 2017. The full archive of Spooky Town posts can be found here . This year, the display is noticeably small - at least at the Bolingbrook Menards and has this white sign that says "Halloween Village" on top of it. There are a few animated structures and some neat little people. I'll post some images and details of some of the buildings in the coming days. But, today, we'll start with this one above: the Black Cauldron Bootique. You'll notice that it is *already* on sale at $10 off the normal price. That - at least
I didn't want to get too far away - calendar-wise - from Halloween before I got around to posting the pics of this pretty awesome vintage McCoy Pottery pumpkin Halloween mug. Or...at least that's what I thought it was when I came across it the first time. I saw it, picked it up and immediately turned it over to reveal this mark: McCoy LTD USA. Hmmm....McCoy? But...McCoy LTD? I went to my phone to find out if it was, indeed, the McCoy that we have some pieces of (and my oldest sister Linda collects). A quick turn to the McCoy Collectors Society page, reveals this subpage all about McCoy Limited . And if you scroll down, you'll see a pumpkin. Not this one, but a pumpkin. And a close read of the copy tells us that this, is, indeed the real deal : Halloween is a favorite holiday of many and is well represented by various sizes of Jack-O-Lantern items. Among these are cups, napkin holder, salt and pepper set, and different shapes, such as different size gh
What a difference! Last year, we had 302 kids/others come to our door. Last night? 77. And that's not even super accurate as The Babe and friends did the bulk of the counting/handing out candy. Oh...and we put out a bowl and went trick-or-treating with our kids for a while, too. So, the numbers can't be verified by Price Waterhouse Coopers this year, unfortunately. We're in a different neighborhood with different size lots and setbacks. We walked a few blocks over and the place was hopping with kids and felt a lot like Elmhurst did the past few years. So, here's the breakdown: 2017: 77 kids. 2016: 302 kids /total. In 2015, we had 346 total . In 2014, we had 308 total . In 2013, we had 326 total . In 2012, we had 327 total. In 2011, we had 269 total . In 2010, we had 236 total . In 2009, we had 184 total . Lowest candy year on record. Good thing the savages in our house and neighborhood destroyed the candy bowl in our front hall during our little Ha
We might not live in Elmhurst any longer, but that doesn't mean we can't keep *some* of our Halloween traditions alive, right? We didn't find time to get to Sonny Acres this year, but we DID get to Canyon Trail Cemetery in Carol Stream . I posted about our visit to this house in 2016 , in 2015 , and in 2014 here on the blog. If you have time, head there before the place disappears for the season tonight!
I've written a few times about Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party down at the Magic Kingdom in the past. In 2015, I posted a few photos of Halloween pins and a video of the Sanderson Sisters . I also posted a photo of a Christmas ornament - yes Christmas - that was a Mickey-shaped pumpkin . And, finally, that same year, we picked up a few 'limited edition' pins from the party and I shared a photo of those . This year, I'll place this year's map here in my diary to remember what things looked like and where the trick-or-treat locations were located. You can see those below. This isn't the first Parks map that I've posted. You can see more from Disneyland/Sea Tokyo here . And the full archive of maps-specific posts here . Boo to you!
Or...at least with some ridiculous inflatables on the front porch. For record-keeping purposes, here's the annual (or some-what-annual) photo of our house decorated for Halloween. You can see the Big Pumpkin (or "Big Pump" as the kids call him) along with Frankenstein on our front porch. You'll also note that the mums at the bottom of the steps are the very same ones I 'tied up' with my pro-tip earlier this fall . There are also a couple of cinderella pumpkins stashed on the stairs near the right railing that you can - if you look closely - see peeking out. This is the first holiday in our #newoldfarmhouse, so we're starting from scratch decorations-wise. We've come a long way from last year when we were living in Equation Boy/Man and Vic's house (thanks to their generosity!). Here's a photo from last year that shows the decorations . Frankenstein is the only survivor from this whole setup! To be fair, the line of pumpkin infla
It is no secret that I have a soft spot for two holiday-related items that are, umm, not super cool. The first is Christmas Village structures . Have you met Mantleburg ? The other? Holiday-themed inflatables . Most recently, I've covered how we picked up this blinking eye owl Halloween inflatable . And I've posted some photos and videos of other Christmas and Halloween inflatables at Menards over the years. I even have a playlist on my YouTube Channel showing some of these Menards inflatables. The spark for this whole thing around inflatables can be traced back to this post in December of 2013 . That's when I finally caved and bought our first inflatable . You'll note that the Christmas of 2013 lines up with the Babe growing up and having some holiday-related awareness. She and now her sister and brother have certainly influenced my purchase behavior. And, to be fair, I think Nat isn't sold on them. Scratch that....I *know* she isn't sold o
Here's another 'new' structure from the Spooky Town collection out of Lemax that Menards is carrying this year. I posted photos/details on the Ghostly Manor and the Grim Reaper's Department Store already here on the blog. This one - Creepy Crawlies Pet Sitting - is priced much lower at $39.99 and isn't animated/doesn't move in any way. But it is pretty cute anyway. Lots of colors and a nice idea to add to Spooky Town. You know...Mantleburg doesn't have a pet sitter... Maybe the Mayor of Mantleburg will convince the powers that be to annex this one? Seems doubtful being a one-off, but if other Spooky Town structures join Mantleburg's city limits, I would think this one would follow. But, that's all wishing/hoping for now. The City Council isn't meeting for weeks and by then, perhaps these will be on sale at Menards? *That* might weigh on the council's decision, right?
Just yesterday, I posted another photo of Menards Halloween setup with two of the kids and I've already covered a few of the Spooky Town structures . But, there's a few things that we've bought already that have me giddy with Halloween excitement. I'll share the bigger things in another post, but first, check out the newest inflatable to our crew: He blinks!?! Yeah. And this one is definitely not a budget buster and there was just one box remaining on the shelves, so I *had* to buy it, right? It remains to be seen where Nat will allow me to put up the inflatables at the #newoldfarmhouse. In year's past, we've always kept most of our holiday-related freakiness (aka inflatables!) in the backyard. This one is too cool to be hidden from the public, right? And, say what you want about Halloween Creep , but the fact that this was the last one of these things at Menards tells me that consumers are ok with Halloween stuff despite it being August.
Last week, I posted a photo of part of the Menards Halloween section , but it didn't include the kids. Here's a post with a photo to correct that omission. That's The Bird's "scared face" she says. And yes, that is a 10' tall pumpkin inflatable in the cart. You have a good eye! Here's kids at Menards Halloween 2016 . Here they are in 2012 .
Just yesterday, I posted the first photo of the Menards Halloween setup . I tagged it " Halloween Creep " and put it in that category on the blog here , but I don't think that concept has broken through in a similar way that it has with people talking about the concept of " Christmas Creep " in the media and online. As I've talked about in the past, the topic of Christmas Villages and the associated world of holiday miniature villages isn't something that I'm particularly proud of, but it *is* something that totally fascinates me. I mean...we *do* have a town called Mantleburg after all. But, with the moves and temporary living situations/holidays at my in-laws place in Naperville, Mantleburg hasn't even made an appearance - let alone grow or annex new structures into the community. Historically, the Mayor of Mantleburg has always taken a stand against Spooky Town and said that he's drawing a line at the holiday of Christmas, so w