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We dream about Halloween all the time, really we do, and there’s actually only 260 days left until it’s here!  We are always looking for new & unique items to bring to you to enhance your Halloween decorating and enlarge your prop collection. 

We are proud to announce our new Cement Skulls for Halloween that you can use in your own “Home Haunt” or hang them on your walls in your home.  No matter where you decide to place them, these skulls will definitely become a conversation piece! 

Skull is darker in color while it's drying - Once dried it will be a light gray

Skull weighs in at a little over 3 pounds 11 ounces and is approximately 7 1/2″ x 5″ x 2 1/2″ and comes with a hook attached to the back.  Each skull that is made will be slightly different from the photo shown due to how the cement dries & sets, but these slight differences actually make the skulls more realistic looking.  When you place your order for one of these skulls, we will go to work and start your mold right away, but it takes about a week for the skulls to completely dry & set before they can be shipped.  And, for an example, you can even add some “eyes” to your skull, but they are not included in your order, as this is just an example of what you can do to your skull for a more eerie look.

SAMPLE: Skull with Eyes

We are here to enhance your scare factor for Halloween, so keep checking back on our website to see what we’re up to!  www.themesnthings.com


There’s only 51 days left now to Halloween, and the panic time starts to set in.  We definitely recommend that you start shopping for your decorations and Halloween props now before all the good stuff is gone.  All of the stores, from craft stores to KMart, are now starting to stock their shelves with all sorts of items to enhance your Halloween, but their quantities are limited.  Did you know that what you see on their shelves is it?  They don’t have stock in the back to fill the shelves back up, so once an item you are watching is sold out, it’s gone.  That is why we are encouraging you to start your Halloween shopping now so you can actually purchase what you want.  Don’t say we didn’t warn you! 

Anyhow, we’re stocking our inventory of some great items too, and we have some gruesome fog machine accessory props that we wanted to share with you. 

First, we have the BRIMSTONE DEMON, who like all the rest, actually moves from side to side while they pour out the fog from your own fog machine!  Pretty cool, eh?  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! 

Next, we have the GASEOUS ZOMBIE that will scare the pants off your trick-or-treaters for sure!  And, if you add a black light in front of him, his clothing will glow for a great eerie effect!  Standing 2ft tall, the Gaseous Zombie looks like he is pulling himself out of the ground – and then sprays the whole area with fog! Hard plastic frame is under his poly-fabric shirt and 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 on most standard 400w, 700w, and 1000w fog machines. (Fog machine not included. Connector is not compatible with Ground or Low Lying Fog Machines). Just stuff the sleeves of the shirt yourself with crumpled newspaper, hook up the hose to your fog machine and let the creepiness begin!

And we don’t want to leave out the WRETCHED REAPER as he is sure to enhance your scare factor in your graveyard!  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!

Don’t turn your back on this animated SPEWING CORPSE as you never know when he will shoot off his mouth with fog!  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.

Although this girl is not a fogger accessory, you don’t want to turn your back on her either or she’ll bite off your finger!  She’s one of our favorites, the ANIMATED GROUNDBREAKER ZOMBIE and she’s 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).

Don’t know where to start?  Well, this DVD can help you out with some ideas!  Best of all, you can use items that you already have just lying around the house.  DVD – X-TREME HAUNTED HOUSE MAKE OVER – HOW TO VIDEO  From the special visual effects expert who created effects for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and Showtime’s “Outer Limits”

An easy “How To” video to haunt your home.  From how to lighting, to make your own fake blood, to making your scene glow with a black light and much more! 

Learn from the best!
Our experts have done visual effects, costumes, and set decorations for television shows and movies, but you do not need to be an expert.  Unlike some Halloween How-To programs, all of these projects are easy to understand and execute, yet the results will make everyone green with envy!  You will learn how to do thrilling effects and decorations for the home.  Many of the “scares” use items found around your own home. 

A haunted How-To program that shows you simple ways to create Hollywood and Transylvania quality decorations, gags, tricks, treats, and effects for your home. 

Learn How to:
*Create realistic lightning
*Make a hand-grabber candy bowl
*Make fog hover near the ground
*Use black lights to set the place a glow
*Create dummies and illuminated props
*Make your own fake blood
*Use fans, leaf blowers, gloves, old clothes and other common items to create effects

Halloween is just not for kids anymore, so why not join the rest of us and do something different this year and create an eerie graveyard of your own?  It’s easy to do, not to mention a lot of fun too!  Check out the rest of our Halloween props & accessories at www.themesnthings.com  We are sure to have something to fit your needs this year!


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


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! 


With Halloween only 110 days away, we are gearing up to help you with your home haunt!  If you are getting tired of having your current styrofoam tombstones fall down due to the strong winds around the witching hour, or how the styrofoam rips and tears apart from the stake in the bottom, we have decided to assist with our own creations of wood tombstones. 

Most people don’t have the tools needed to cut out their own wood tombstones, nor do they have the time or patience to do so, and we would like to help you out.  We  will be creating some new designs that we’ll share with you when they are done, but for now, we have two different styles for you to choose from.  Don’t worry, we do all the work!  Click here for this tombstone style to purchase.

What you will receive are tombstones cut from pressed wood and sanded when you receive them.  They are approximately 33″ in height and 1/2″ thick, and we will try to adhere to these dimensions, but with every tombstone we cut, there might be a slight difference, but only a slight difference!  You’ll get the tombstone and a base with stakes for the ground – no more will your tombstones fall down when the wind kicks up! 

Our second style of tombstone is a great skinny tomb just perfect for any location.  Click here for this tombstone style to purchase.  

Krylon offers some great spray paint that you can use to paint your own tombstone when it arrives.  “Make it Stone” and “Glowz” are two perfect choices for your tombstones!  The Glowz spray paint actually creates a finish that glows in the dark and recharges when exposed to light – just perfect for any wood letters you may add onto your tombstone, and the Make it Stone spray paint finishes your tombstone with a unique stone like finish. 

Our last tombstone is the same as the first one shown, but you will receive 6″ RIP wood letters that we’ll attach to the tombstone when you order.  Just a little embellishment makes this tombstone stand out!   Click here for this tombstone style to purchase. 

If you have any questions, let us know – we’re here to help you enhance your scare factor this Halloween! 

Have some fun this Halloween! 
The Team @ Themes N Things


One thing for sure is, that holidays are always overwhelming.  The sprucing up of the house for holidays guests, family get togethers, and the decorating.  You always want your house to look its best, but sometimes you may think that you have to be extravagant in your decorations, and you don’t.  Adding something as simple as a porch light cover will welcome your guests and start your holiday cheer flowing. 

You don’t always have to think “big” to impress your guests, even the simpliest decoration will do.  Just by adding a few items to your table, mantel, or front door will do the trick.  Sometimes, less is more! 

Halloween is only 130 days away, and you might be thinking that is enough time to shop – not exactly!  The Witching Season is even bigger than Christmas and the Halloween items are flying off all websites as we speak, only for you to find that what you’re looking for is now “out of stock”.  Shop early, start now, to pick up your Halloween items before they are gone.  And, when the Halloween items start reaching the retail stores near you, just remember that what they put out on the shelves…. is ALL they have.  They do not restock as they only get a limited supply of each item.  Once it’s gone, it’s gone, so when you are out and about and find that one truly gruesome item that turns your head, purchase it immediately.  If you leave the store, go home and “think about it”, it will normally not be there when you go back.  Just some good advice from someone who has experienced it! 

As always, we are here to help and love bringing you some of the most creative seasonal items to enhance your holidays.  Stop by our website to see if you can find yourself something unique!  www.themesnthings.com


Do you find yourself struggling with trying to make either a website button or a blog button?  We know that it can be compliated if you don’t know how to use HTML code, so we are going to make it easy for you!  We will work with you and create you a button that links to your website or blog.  Most buttons are usually 125 x 125 in size, but we can make one to your specifications.  You can choose between either a simple button with a solid background, or send us (via email) your own photograph to use, or even use your company logo.  It’s your choice! 

A button helps draw attention to a sale on your website, new product arrivals, or can gain you more traffic to your blog.  Use them wisely and let us create a button for you today!   To purchase our service for a button creation, click here.


As we approach the end of yet another year, we at Themes N Things would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season & to express our appreciation for your continued confidence in our services during this year.  We value you as our customer and hope that we see you again in the coming year as we stock our shelves with more great seasonal items to make your holidays bright. 

Happy Holidays to you & your family and we wish you a prosperous new year! 

Sincerely,
Roy, Valerie & Nikita too
THEMES N THINGS
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17" Double Lighted Heart

Find some great ways to light up your holidays with these items from THEMES N THINGS! 

17″ LIGHTED VALENTINE DOUBLE HEART
Dimensions:  17″ x 14″

Doubling the Valentine’s Day fun, this double heart light sparkles with the magic of two dazzling hearts.  Lights up your home indoors or out, it shines with 43 miniature lights (outer heart has 27 red lights, inside heart has 16 pink lights). Includes 2 replacement bulbs (one red and one pink), one fuse and 2 suction cups for easy window hanging.

15-1/2" Lighted Shamrock

15-1/2″ LIGHTED SHAMROCK
Dimensions:  15-1/2″  x 14″

Enhance your St. Patrick’s Day fun with this lighted Shamrock! Lights up your home indoors or out, it shines with 43 miniature lights. Includes 2 replacement bulbs, one fuse and 1 suction cup for easy window hanging.

Great for hanging in window, front door, or your office door!

You can find these items at www.themesnthings.com under the “Other Holidays” tab.  We’re your one-stop shop for all your seasonal needs.