Over the weekend, we received our first Hallowe'en catalogue of the 2009 season!
The Oriental Trading Co. is always good for at least $39 worth of fun in the form of treats, knick-knacks, and some very interesting new items.
See, those masks on the cover page double as lollipops, which is a pretty great idea... unless they taste lousy, in which case, the blurb ought to read:
Helpfully, the catalogue notes that:
It helps if you say it the way Homer says 'Moe is their leader' to himself while watching the Three Stooges.
How can you not be excited and inspired when you ogle pages filled to overflowing with Hallowe'en stuff?:
One of the coolest things I've seen in a Hallowe'en catalogue in years:
Seriously,we'll have them on our livingroom lamps year 'round! I will rate this higher in coolness and applicability than almost every $5,000 prop in existence. Simple, elegant, and says 'Hallowe'en' more clearly than anything else in the catalogue.
I thought this next bit was kind of odd:
I assume they're supposed to be reacting to the big fake spider, but every time I look at this image, I think the kids are screaming about the big cardboard dock, as if it just appeared out of the mist. "Aaaghh! A dooooock! Save yourself little screaming girl, I'll distract it with my mincing hands and mock-terrified expression!"
Another weird idea:
Why does it have to be 'fangs', especially? You can't see that they're fangs, as used. I guess, though, that some kids wouldn't buy just a flashing mouthlight if it didn't have some kind of monsterish association.
But what kid wouldn't want this?:
What do you suppose a Jack O'Lantern whoopee cushion should sound like?
I love this type of thing... nothing says 'I'm a vampire' like a sticker of a cartoon vampire on your cheek. Other than the green teeth and the whole Little Ricky vibe, that is. Hallowee'en makes it all work out right.
Another questionable costume choice:
Zombie Convict. That's the name of the costume. How did it happen? I mean... he was in jail, away from the big scary outside world, but turned into a zombie anyway. And was apparently able, as a mindless flesheater, to escape, where the non-zombified convict could not. So, downside, you're undead. Upside, you're out of the pokey. But a strange mix of themes.
Can Ballerina Pirate be far behind?
You know, if they did make a Ballerina Pirate costume, they'd have to use this girl to model it:
Wow. Why is it that not-very-old people pretending to be old suddenly become this? Finger to chin, head cocked daintily... if this were video, we'd surely be seeing the batting eyelashes and eyes rolling skyward.
Also, 'styled with a bun' is unnecessary... we all know there's a big Sybil's Mother-styled bun behind that grey do, no need to mention it.
A very cute game, I love it! But really, it's not a spider, it's an octopus. Come on. It screams OCTOPUS, big goofy cartoon octopus.
But it's still cool because OCTOpus and OCTOber are both OCTO's.
Plus, you put anything in orange and black and you know I'm going to love it.
Finally, for my classic monster-lovin' pals:
Sweeeet! Frank, Bride & Drac, in convenient, delicious 'jelly sucker' form.
I imagine many of you have gotten this catalogue, or will soon. It's a blast, as always; I just wanted to highlight some of the things that stood out when I first leafed through it.