I’m a big fan of Halloween items. I’ve been a collector since I was a child and I have a special fondness for anything vampire or related to Universal Monsters.
Our Boris Basement eBay store has always had a section called “Spooky Stuff” but this week we added a Halloween category for holiday specific items.
The first thing we listed was this Disney Halloween Minnie Ears Witch’s Hat Headband. I love how the ends of the vines are Mickey heads. And the ears are fluffy and there’s a gold overlay. . . just love it. This was a garage sale find and it’s in excellent condition so I couldn’t pass it up. We also found a sexy sailor girl costume at the same garage sale, so check that out, too.
I want to load the store up with retro or retro-style items. Like we have a Chiller Promo which is jointed skeleton like the ones I had as a child. Real retro cardboard cutouts go for big bucks. I remember taping them to the windows at home and at school – black cats and pumpkins. Man, I loved those days.
I’m also on the hunt for my favorite old Halloween books. I used to have quite a collection. This week I picked up two Gus the Friendly Ghost books. I might list those together or I might create a bigger collection.
I found this Gus book at a church thrift store that I just found near my home. It’s a place I drive by all the time and I had no idea that they ran a huge sale three times a week. It’s in excellent condition and only a $1.
I found the companion book, “What’s a Ghost Going to Do” at a place called Bookman in Orange.
Another book I’m looking for is a chapter book called “Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth.” Crazy title, but this book fascinated me when I was a kid Elizabeth meets a new friend on the way to school – a girl who claims she’s a witch. Is she or isn’t she? you’ll change your mind a dozen times as you read each chapter.
The one item I wish I had was a Green Ghost game. This game had a glow in the dark, elevated game board. There were holes in the board and you had to stick your hands in to find the treasures. Of course, the holes were filled with crazy things like feathers and rubber bands so it felt like you were touching worms or body parts or other creepy goodies. The ghost was the spinner and he was huge. So fun.
I also have a vague memory of a haunted house game. It was a plastic stand-up but thinner than a full doll house. There were dozens of doors in the board and you opened them to get your instructions or prizes. Does anyone know the game I’m talking about? I need a name so I can search for one on eBay.
What’s your favorite Halloween item? Tell me about the books you loved as a child. The games, toys, decorations or costumes that make you stop and go – hey, I remember that!
And don’t forget to visit us at Boris’ Basement.