Archive for May, 2010

Making Halloween props does not have to be hard.  We actually make it harder than what it truthfully is, think too hard on the subject, invest a lot of time trying to come up with an idea to only fail again, and spend tons of money purchasing things that don’t work.  Just look around your house, basement or garage and you will find things that you never knew you could use to make props.  One for instance, is how to make a chain for your Halloween props.  Here’s what you will need: 

  • Foam pipe insulation
  • Sharp utility knife
  • Glue or hot glue gun

Start with your utility knife fully extended, cut about a 1/4″ section of the pipe all the way through.  Once you have cut enough pieces, cut a slit through your pieces, now link them together to create a chain.  Now take your glue or hot glue gun (the glue gun works best) and glue the slits together to hold your chain firmer.  Whala, instant prop chain!  You can even spray paint your chain!  Never knew something that could insulate your pipes, could be used as a Halloween prop, eh?



Here Kitty Kitty…

Just in time for Halloween, add this adorable inflatable black cat to your mailbox to scare the pants off your Postman! 

Dimensions:  30″ long

Arched back and ready to pounce, our spooky black cat will drive
your mail carrier insane!  Just inflate and attach to your post and
beam mailbox with the included straps.  Made of durable vinyl.  Never thought picking up your mail could be so scary! 

Now available on our website at

Look no further!

Themes N Things has been in business for over ten years and started selling on eBay in 2000 and we quickly learned what the customer wants for their Seasonal and holidays displays and decorations.  We have taken our product line to the next level of excitement, by providing you with a great line up of unique and hard to find animatronics like Jason Voorhees, inflatables, props, and seasonal decorations to enhance your holidays. 

Our eBay store is filled with over 500+ unique items including holiday candles to awesome stocking stuffers like a Deluxe TV Etch-a-Sketch where you can draw directly on your TV screen.  We also carry a great line of custom Gift Baskets for your gift giving needs, when you need to find a great way to say “Thanks”.  

Since Themes N Things inception, the focus has always been on courteous, personalized attention.  If you should ever need assistance, simply call us or email us at for a quick resolution.  A dedicated team is available to answer your merchandise questions, take special orders, and assist you after your purchase with your product.  We pride ourselves in excellent customer service, fast communication to our buyers and rocket shipping which has grown our success, one customer at a time.  We also provide our customers with long-term value in every product they purchase.  

Thank you for your interest, and if there is anything that we can do to assist you, please do not hesitate to contact us.  

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Time to serve up some “Black Magic” (Adults Only – LOL) in the form of eye-catching cocktails at your Halloween party!

Berry Scary Martini:
(Serves 1)
1 Cup Ice
1 Ounce Black Vodka
2 Ounces Cherry Juice
Fresh raspberries and blueberries, for garnish

Combine ice, vodka, and cherry juice in a cocktail shaker; shake vigorously.  Pour into a martini glass.  Thread raspberries and blueberries onto a cocktail skewer, and place in drink.  Serve immediately. 

Screwed-Up Screwdriver:
(Serves 1)
1/4 Cup Ice
1/2 Cup Freshly Squeezed Tangerine Juice
1-1/2 Ounces Black Vodka
1 Black Licorice Twist, for serving

Place ice in a tall glass.  Pour juice into glass.  Pour Vodka over the back of a cocktail spoon into glass so it sits on top of juice and creates a layer of black.  Slice 1/4 inch off each end of licorice, and use as a straw.  Serve immediately.

Ghost in the Graveyard:
(Serves 1)
2 Ounces Black Vodka
2 Ounces Creme de Cacao or Coffee-Flavored Liqueur
1 Scoop Vanilla Ice Cream
Pince of finely grated nutmeg, for garnish

In a glass, combine vodka and creme de cacao, and set aside.  Place a scoop of ice cream in a highball glass, and slowly pour vodka mixture over ice cream.  Garnish with nutmeg; serve immediately.


Add this adorable Frankenstein Lighted Glass Block to your Halloween decor this year!  This 5 lb. glass block is filled with lime green tulle and 20 white Christmas lights to illuminate the whimsical grin on Frankie!  Great gift idea, place on your mantel,  on your kitchen counter, or use as a nightlight – anywhere you place this guy it will sure to start a conversation!

Available on our website:

As day fades aways and turns to night, pull out your candles to cast an eerie glow throughout your home haunt.  When spooky silhouettes are propped above them, spectacular shadows dance across the walls. 

How to Get this Effect:  First, printout any of your favorite Halloween templates, the simplier the shape, the better.  Now, trace onto heavyweight black card stock, cut out design with a utility knife.  Straighten a length of 18-gauge wire, and tape one end to the back of the card stock creature. 

Using pliers, shape the other end of the wire into a circle large enough to loop around the bottom of a candleholder.  Bend the wire so the card stock creature is positioned behind the back lip of the glass. 

Be sure to use a candleholder that is taller than the candle, in order to keep the flame away from the cutout.  Adjust distance from wall to create smaller or larger shadows.

Get out your cookie cutters!

Posted: May 12, 2010 in Halloween

Get out your cookie cutters to create the most spectacular carved pumpkins around!  You can carve some warmly lit hearts, luminous stars, glowing clovers, or some twinkling diamonds right into your pumpkin.   You can use smaller pumpkins to line your walkway instead of the luminary bags.  Instead of using a candle in your pumpkin, you can use a large clear Christmas bulb or gather together a bunch of the smaller clear bulbs for more light.

How to use your cookie cutter:  Make sure first that you are using the metal cookie cutters, as these work best, and tap the cookie cutter with a hammer into the pumpkin.  Now, take your plyers out and remove the cookie cutter.  You may need to use a small serrated knife to finish the design in case the cookie cutter does not make it through the width of the pumpkin.    You can also use your household drill with a large drill bit to make unique uniform circles around your pumpkin. 

The more creative you are, the better the results you will achieve!  Don’t forget to use your metal bat cookie cutter for some batty fun!