Halloween Countdown 2017: A Boatload o’ Target Pics!

 

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You can “BOOP”!

Friends, I go to one of two Targets in my area EVERY day. No, I’m not driving there on a special trip; it’s simply that my daily morning errands always end right at a Target. So,I’m able to really keep up with what’s shakin’ in their Halloween department, or “Booporium”, this year.

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Christmas Stockings Past and Present.

I thought i would share(this is gonna go LONG, folks, so strap in) some great images and thoughts on items I used to receive in my Christmas stocking as a kid and teen in the 70s and then 80s. Then I’ll go into my still favorite things for stocking fun, because for me, Christmas stockings have been probably the most fun and full of surprises in my 45 holiday seasons.

First, items I used to find in my stocking. When I was very small, my stocking was too, and had an applique’d Santa on the front. I still have it; wish it was handy so I could take a pic.

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Halloween Countdown 2016: My Kitchen!

This past year I finally did some redecorating in my kitchen that I had always wanted to try, but hadn’t had the nerve. Then, when Steve went out of town I did it! That was a few months back, and the kitchen has settled into being a room that I just love being in instead of only being the room where food-makin’s is accomplished.
Since we collect Halloween, the holiday decor stays out all year round. A few special items are put away each year–generally, what goes on the kitchen table–but to properly show off all my favorite Halloween pieces, most of which were something to do with black cats,I knew I needed new color on the walls. I chose yellow, as I grew up with a yellow kitchen and always liked it.

I don’t know why all the captions came out in italic.

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Next to my counter is my rack of cat mugs, most with a black cat theme and many were presents. The pumpkin mug was just too silly to pass up. Although I generally get tired of “Crazy Cat Lady” jokes, the mug was a gift from a special friend and therefore she gets a pass. 🙂 The ghosts are candy containers and currently hold aspirin and mints. The Kit-Kat Klock was a gift from my dad, and another friend made and gave me the “Fork You” cross stitch. 😀

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Halloween Countdown 2016:Visit to Queen of Hearts.

4XXQueen of Hearts is one of my favorite vintage stores to visit, with aisles and aisles of booths inside what was once a supermarket. I wait on pins and needles for their dealers to bring out their Halloween goods each year, not just to be able to purchase something cool and old but also to see their displays. Although some years have been better, this time around they still did not disappoint. Step in for a look!

Home Photos: Mantelpiece!

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I thought I would give you a peek into our living room—we collect Halloween and other creepy things, so our home is Halloween year-round. The Halloween section appearing in stores is not holiday decor for us; it’s regular home decor!
We have a small collection of beloved Rinconada animals,but they may be moving to another shelf soon. You can see them all along the front of the mantel.
At the far left is a large Jack Sparrow figure–I am normally not a big “action figure” person but Jack fits well with the Pirates of the Caribbean poster that is just out of sight–it has Jack’s skull featured in the center of it. To further the pirate theme, above the mantel is a framed map of Florida showing all the known shipwrecks around its coast. Our Rinconada parrot is at Jack’s feet .
On either side of the map are two new acquisitions from Target!

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After Jack is a bottle with a skull cork labelled “Trick or Treat Potion”. It makes a delightful “PORP!” when you pull the cork out. 🙂
Next is a crow that suffers slightly from the new craze of putting glitter on Halloween ornaments. He is looking backward at a ceramic unicorn that is also looking backward. I thought they were a nice pair.There is also a just-added winged horse figure by the Rinconada fox, adding more glitter to the spectacle.

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Right after the unicorn is a marvelous pumpkin-headed girl(I love characters with pumpkin heads) given to me recently by a cherished friend from high school.
The large doglike gargoyle in the center of the mantel was found at a flea market for so cheap it was insane. In front of it are two darling little Goodwill-gotten ghost figures with pumpkin heads–did I mention I love characters with pumpkin heads?–and another wee ghost I got recently at a craft fair. This ghost is from the Nippers collection.
On the other side of the gargoyle is a Japanese shisa. I found the lone shisa at a flea market; the other one must have been broken.

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Moving on down the mantel, you can see a very dynamic Headless Horseman(another favorite character of mine to collect) statue found at Marshall’s, and another pumpkinhead. The pumpkinhead’s hat wiggles around on a spring atop his head.
Behind him is a small porcelain tray that has been in my family for many years and passed on to me; on it is a fine Chinese dragon.
The green thing at the end is one of my most magnificent Goodwill finds. It seems to be a guardian figure like a foo lion or shisa, but not quite. It has almost an Atec quality to it, heightened by the green paint. On its underside is a written date of 1965.
The blue-footed booby at the very end of the mantel is a Rinconada look-alike and was so adorable it had to come home with me from another Goodwill trip. 🙂