Archive for August, 2011


Take your Halloween decorating to the next scare factor level with an Animatronic Prop! 

5′ Animatronic Crawling Girl Prop
Is she crawling to get you or get away from something even worse? This lifesize animated Crawling Girl is most likely out to get you, as she twitches, moans and groans through a mouth stitched shut for all time, crawling ever closer and ever more creepily, dragging her lifeless body along the ground.

Crawling Girl is a full five feet in height, dressed in tattered black and gray garb that suggest an escape from prison, the grave or worse.

Her pale complexion is accented with red blood; she crawls, mutters and moans in a futile effort to escape or capture – you decide!  Motion sensor, sound sensor and pushbutton on/off.  AC Adaptor included.

SCARE THE PANTS OFF YOUR TRICK-OR-TREATERS WITH JASON!

6′ LIFESIZE JASON VOORHEES ANIMATRONIC PROP

This hockey-masked, knife-wielding impaler of teenagers, has become as much a part of Halloween as pumpkins and ghosts. Invest in a classic – a Halloween decoration that will really scare the neighbors, a giant (over six feet tall) animatronic Jason! He moves his machete menacingly and looks great on a porch, outside or as a haunted house decoration. Really spook folks when you put him just inside the front door.  Motion activated!  This is a life-size Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th prop!  (NOTE: This is the ORIGINAL Jason Voorhees Animatronic Prop.  Most of the props for Jason that are in stores now are not the original prop, they are a re-make of him)
 
Detailed accessories & hockey mask comes off to reveal his face 
Includes instruction sheet
Plays sounds – “Kill, Kill, Kill”
Collapses for easy storage
AC adapter included

5′ LIFE SIZED ANIMATED WITCH WITH MISTING CAULDRON
Dimensions:  70.86″ x 35″ x 21″
AC Adapter Included

This life sized animated witch will add some mystery to your Halloween decor!  With detailed clothes and accessories, she springs to life, speaking and swaying back and forth while stirring her witch’s brew.  Her cauldron acts as mister to add just the right touch of Halloween magic around her!

Eyes light up and move, Hips sway from side to side, The cauldron actually mists!  Great for parties or trick-or-treaters.  Collapses down for easy storage
Sound and motion activated.
 
Speaks spooky Halloween phrases:
“Eye of newt, toe of bat, nose of frog, tail of cat. Boil, boil, boil, boil!”
“Double double, cauldron bubble. Come in here and you’re in trouble!”
“Ah, just in time…for dinner”
“Hm, what a delicious looking person”
“Yes, that’s right.  Closer, closer”

You can find these animatronic props & more at www.themesnthings.com!  Shop now before the prop you have been watching is gone!


Thank God it’s Friday, eh?  We wanted to share with you something to inspire your mind with some great seasonal decorating tips from Themes N Things.  We all need a little inpiration sometimes, so we put together this 4-Page PDF of some of our favorite & simple decorating tips for the holidays from Halloween to Christmas.  Enjoy! 

Click TIPS AND TRICKS FOR ALL SEASONS 2 for PDF.  We love bringing you new products and creative ideas for all your Seasons!  We hope that you will think of us when it comes time to haunt your home or deck the halls, we’ve got you covered! 

Thank You!
Themes N Things


I would not point at this Zombie because you might lose a finger!  Now available, this Animated Groundbreaker Zombie has come to rule your graveyard! 

GROUNDBREAKER ZOMBIE OUT FOR BLOOD
This animated groundbreaker zombie is definitely Out For Blood!  Holding a bloody hand, and with a chewed off finger in her mouth, her head turns side to side and her eyes light up.  Fabulous for many haunted house or graveyard scenes.  Height is 27″.  Requires 3 AA batteries (not included).

You can find this Zombie and other great Halloween props at www.themesnthings.com – We’re your one-stop shop for all your seasonal needs!


For all you Halloween enthusiasts out there, we are proud to announce that we have a HUGE Halloween Shipment coming in next week. 

This is just a sneak peek at what’s coming….

SPEWING ANIMATED CORPSE FOG MACHINE ACCESSORY PROP

Standing 2′ tall (24″), the Spewing Corpse looks like he is pulling himself out of the ground – and then sprays the whole area with fog!  Spewing Corpse has a hard plastic frame under his poly-fabric shroud with an attached 110 Volt motor that turns his hand-painted plastic head with gaping mouth from side-to-side, and also comes with two creepy hand-painted plastic hands to complete the look.  The 3′ long connector and hose attachment will fit onto standard fog machines.  Just stuff the sleeves of the shirt with crumpled newspaper, hook up the hose to your own fog machine and let the creepiness begin!  NOTE:  Fog Machine not included.


WRETCHED ANIMATED REAPER FOG MACHINE ACCESSORY PROP
Prepare to meet your doom! Standing 2 feet tall, the Wretched Reaper has a hard plastic frame under his poly-fabric shirt and shroud with an attached 110 volt motor that turns his hand-painted plastic head with stringy synthetic hair from side-to-side, and also comes with two creepy hand-painted plastic hands to complete the look. The 3ft long connector and hose attachment will fit most standard 400w, 700w, and 1000w fog machines. (Fog machines and juice sold separately. Connector is not compatible with Low Lying Fog Machines). Just stuff the sleeves of the shirt with crumpled newspaper, hook up the hose to your fog machine, and let the creepiness begin!  (Fog machine not included)

DEMENTED ANIMATED FOG MACHINE ACCESSORY PROP
Standing 2 feet tall, the Brimstone Demon looks to be rising from the pits of the netherworld – and then sprays the whole area with fog! Brimstone Demon has a hard plastic frame under his poly-fabric shirt & shroud with an attached 110 volt motor that turns his hand-painted plastic head with gaping mouth from side-to-side, and also comes with two creepy hand-painted plastic hands to complete the look. The 3ft long connector and hose attachment will fit onto most standard 400w, 700w and 1000w fog machines (Fog machines and juice sold separately. Connector hose is not compatible with Low Lying fog machines). Just stuff the sleeves of the shirt with crumpled newspaper, hook up the hose to your fog machine and let the creepiness begin!  (Fog machine not included)


PROFESSIONAL COBWEB MAKER
This machine has been designed and created for use by professionals in stage, TV, and Screen productions where special effects are required.  We are not responsible for misuse of this product.  This product needs a drill to apply the cobwebs.  (drill not included)

Includes the following:
Fan Unit
Cobweb Fluid
Cobweb Solvent

Directions on Use:  Secure fan unit in drill chuck. (Tighten securely)  Leave drill unplugged until cobwebber is ready to use.  Place fan unit in upright position, unscrew wing nut and remove cover.  Fill can one half full with fluid.  Replace cover, then the wing nut.  Plug in the drill and use with a sweeping motion to make webs.  With a little practice you will be able to control the direction and volume of webs and create effects just as you have seen in many major Hollywood Motion Pictures.  Drill must be set in reverse to send webs out from the fan blade!

Notice:  The webs may be difficult to remove from painted surfaces and synthetic materials.  You may experiment with various surfaces for removal of dried webs.  Also the liquid will mar aluminum, causing it to dull.  This is the reason to avoid contact with aluminum.

Caution:  Keep away from fan blade when in use.  Do not aim in the direction of people or animals!

Photo shows fluids in tin cans – product will arrive in plastic bottles.  The photo used is a manufacturers stock photo.

All of these items will be available next week, along with many more Halloween props & accessories!  You can find them at www.themesnthings.com – We’re Your One-Stop Shop for all Your Seasonal Needs!


So you are working on setting up your graveyard, you’ve got tombstones, you picked out your flood lights, some props, now it’s time to add some ghosts to your graveyard! 

We wanted to show you our 6′ LED Slender Ghost that we ran across last year and snagged this guy really quick, because the vendor only had a few on hand.  This slender ghost goes together quite easily even though it is in a few pieces and it stakes into the ground well too.  We were worried that he would sway back and forth from the strong winds we had last Halloween, but the stakes held him in the ground securely.  The ghost plugs into a standard AC outlet too.  But the best feature of the ghost is how “bright” the LED lights glow.  Your trick-or-treaters will be able to see him glowing from the sidewalk for sure!  

Don’t want to use the ghost outside, you don’t have to!  Since the bottom diameter of the ghost is quite wide, you can just put him together and stand him up in your house for an awesome Halloween decoration! 

We have a few extra of these ghosts in stock just in case you want one for yourself, but we’re not giving up our ghosts!  Check out this awesome Halloween prop at www.themesnthings.com and pick one up for yourself! 

 


Are you ready for Fall?  Most of us aren’t, because we know what follows, that bad four-letter word called SNOW!  Brrrr!  We can’t avoid it, it’s coming, but we can still enjoy our Fall and all the fun decorating that you can do. 

Here is a fun outdoor decorating idea that you can create to light up your front porch, or use next to your fire pit on those cold Fall nights.  Start saving some metal cans from coffee or beans to create these adorable metal Jack-O-Lantern Luminaries! 

Here’s what you will need to start your project:

MATERIALS:
Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Primer – Gray (#51318)
Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint – Black (#51601)
Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint – Pumpkin Orange (#52411)
Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint – Tuscan Sunset (#53535)
Krylon Fluorescent Paint – Yellow-Orange (#3102)
Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic – Clear (#1303)
Assorted clean metal cans (models made using 1–2 lb. coffee cans)
Awl and wooden mallet
One ½” flat brush
Votive candle (one per pumpkin)
19 gauge steel wire, darkened anneated (approx. 1½–2½ ft. per pumpkin)
*Please Note: Inside of can has rough edges. Do not let children play with these.

GENERAL SUPPLIES:
Sponges (slightly dampen before use)
Paper plate
Drop cloth
Marker
Pencil
Pliers

INSTRUCTIONS:
Fill can to ¾” from top with water. Freeze.
 
Use a permanent marker to draw pumpkin face on can. Carefully punch holes along marked line, 1/8″– ¼” apart, using awl and mallet. Punch two holes for handle at top. NOTE:  The ice inside the can helps to hold it’s shape while you punch holes.

Thaw ice and remove from can. Wipe dry.

Spray inside and outside of can with Gray Primer. Let dry.

Spray inside of can with Gloss Black. Let dry.

Spray outside of can with desired orange base color. Let dry.

Spray a puddle of Fluorescent paint on paper plate. Sponge paint randomly over outside of can. Let dry.

Spray a puddle of Tuscan Sunset paint on paper plate. Sponge onto cheek area at corners of mouth. Let dry.

Spray a puddle of Gloss Black paint on paper plate. Use brush to apply paint to eyes, nose, and mouth. Let dry.

Spray two coats of Crystal Clear, allowing to dry between coats.

Cut a length of wire 6–8″ longer than desired size. Create loops by coiling wire around pencil. Attach wire through handle holes. Wrap ends to secure; trim off excess wire.

Place candle inside can and light. Let these adorable metal Jack-O-Lantern Luminaries welcome your guests!


 

Are you looking for something different to add pizzazz to your Halloween?  Then, take your scare factor to the next level with this Gemmy Specter Projector!  The Specter Projector comes with sound & six different slides!  (all six slides are shown)  Just plug it in, add your selected slide (insert it upside down into the projector) and turn up the volume on the back of the projector – now watch your image ripple on your wall or ceiling.  The sound is built in to the projector. 

Inside the Box:
Projector & six different slides

Technical Specifications:
Input power 120V, 60HZ, 400W
Fuse 125V/3A
Length of AC Cord 5′

You can pick up your projector at Themes N Things!
www.themesnthings.com


Halloween is definitely on the minds of all Halloween enthusiasts.  With only 74 days left until Halloween, you all know that if you don’t get your props now, they will be gone!  Most vendors inventories are quickly depleting, and they will not be restocking, so that makes it harder to find that one of a kind prop to enhance your own home haunts. 

This is one of many of our items we have in stock.  It’s a 6′ Nightmare Screaming Latex Ghoul.  It is not a full-bodied prop, but it will do the trick when trying to scare the pants off someone!  This life sized Ghoul’s eyes light up red and is decorated in black tattered material with hood.

Prop does not move, but if you add a “Spinning Motor” (sold separately) you can make this prop spin!

Halloween is not all about the candy and it’s just not for kids anymore, as we know more adults now more than ever are getting into the Witching Hour and having a blast! 

Stop by our website at www.themesnthings.com and see if we have something to enhance your scare factor! 

Happy Hauntings!

 


Mother Nature may not always be good to us around the Witching Hour, high winds usually creep up on us, rain falls, and ruins the hours of preparation to decorate your yard for Halloween.  You are not alone, as we have been dealing with these weather conditions for the past few years and finally have decided to do something about it. 

Yes, just like you, we have purchased numerous styrofoam tombstones over the years to decorate our yard for Halloween, only to notice that with each year and with each storm & high winds that come, our styrofoam tombstone have taken a beating.  The always too short stakes that usually come with these styrofoam tombstones are never long enough to hold the tombstones in the ground when a strong wind arises, so you find yourself chasing your tombs down the street.  And, because the winds rock your tombstones back & forth before it actually flies away, the winds are actually breaking the styrofoam away around the stakes.  Yes, you think you have found the solution to fix this by just removing the stake and pushing it into the bottom of the tombstone in another place, but that is just a temporary fix, as the wind will come again, rock your tombstone back & forth, and you’re back to broken styrofoam again.  Now you are left with awesome looking tombstones, with bottoms all broken & torn, and no good place to insert the stakes.  Now what?

We have thought long and hard on this problem and how to correct it, and finally have come up with a solution!  We want to help you!  We have designed three styles of wood tombstones that we are now selling on eBay.  We have spent numerous hours, days, and weeks cutting & sanding these tombstones, getting them ready for you – ready for you to paint the way you want, just in time for Halloween.  Not everyone has the tools, time, or patience to start a project like this, so that is why we are here to help – we love Halloween, and we want to make your Halloween decorating easy.  Each tombstone comes with a wood base, wood screws to attach the base to tombstone, and 7″ metal spikes to hold your tombstone in the ground.

Here is how you can order one or more for yourself:
Visit us on our eBay store and pick out a tombstone for yourself!
TOMBSTONE #1 – View Listing
TOMBSTONE #2 – View Listing
TOMBSTONE #3 – View Listing

Now, you will never have to wory about chasing your styrofoam tombstone down the street again!  Take a peek and see if you can find something to fit your needs for Halloween! 

TIPS FOR DECORATING & PAINTING YOUR TOMBSTONES
Krylon has many spray paints that can assist you in making your tombstones go from unfinished wood to looking great, from “Make it Stone” spray paint to “Glowz” spray paint that actually glows in the dark!  Glowz actually charges with light!  You can, like we are going to do, also take one of these tombstones and put it in your yard by your mailbox and just simply add your “house numbers” to the tombstone with wood glue and then spray the numbers with Krylon Glowz so your street address will glow at night!  (Most craft stores carry wood letters & numbers)

Happy Haunting!


Creating a Halloween graveyard is easy & a lot of fun to do.  These are photographs of the props and lighting that we used in our own “Home Haunt”.  You obviously need some tombstones (or it could not be called a graveyard, right?), then you can add some “ground breakers”.  Ground breakers are usually spooky corpses with only half a body so they look like they are crawling out of the ground.  You can also add some “static props” which are, for example, skeletons or skeleton hands, legs and a head that you can stick into the ground, as these props don’t move.  Other good graveyard props are animated ones, which sometimes need batteries to make an arm move.  Even some tombstones have animated reapers that rise from behind the tombstone and those type of props also operate with batteries. 

Proper lighting is important in a graveyard as it can illuminate your props and make them come alive!  By using different colored flood lights, you can create some eerie effects.  Try using colors like red, blue, purple, yellow, orange, and of course, black lights are also good to use as they make anything in your graveyard that is white, glow very nicely. 

When you attempt to setup your graveyard with lights, be prepared to use many many extension cords, preferably the darker colored cords so they blend with your lawn.  And, since you are going to have lots of cords running across your lawn, make sure you use some power strips by your house to plug in all those cords.   

After you setup all of your tombstones, ground breakers, and some static props, there is still another great effect that you can add – – – FOG!  By using a fog machine in your home haunt, it will immediately add spookieness to the witching hour.  If you already use a fog machine and wonder why your fog floats away so quickly into the night, you aren’t using the secret ingredient, which is ice or dry ice.  By running your fog hose through a simple styrofoam cooler filled with either ice or dry ice, it will keep your fog low to the ground. 

Creating a graveyard that is spectacular does take some time to setup, but the results are incredible.  Lighting sets the mood, but when you tie everything together, you can achieve an awesome home haunt that will amaze your trick-or-treaters & neighbors too! 

Check out what we did last year for our home haunt and all of the items we used to create something spectacular.  Click here to view our 2010 Halloween blog post to see for yourself – What it takes to haunt your home

Good luck & have fun!