I have recently developed a serious tendre for Halloween blow molds. Even the Spousal Unit likes them. They are lighthearted fun. I display ours in the foyer (yes, I call it a foyer. I also call the first room the formal parlor) so I see them right when I come downstairs in the morning. It’s a good way to start the day.
Some have lights right now, some don’t, but all are easily fixed, and I’ll light them later.
Back row, left to right:
- General Foam Light Up Skeleton, Gray Cape Edition, early 2000s
- Empire Plastics Cat on a Pumpkin, late 1990s
- Union Products Witch Candle, designed by Don Featherstone, 2006
- Union Products Bela Lugosi, designed by Don Featherstone, early 2000s
- Bayshore Jack-o-Lantern on Cat, 1960s
- Bayshore Haunted House Lamp, 1960s
- Empire Pumpkin Man, 1969
- Empire 22″ Pumpkin, 1990s
- Union Carry Jack, 2000s, on top of two General Foam Big Jacks, 2011
- Haunted House Lamp (see below)
The orange Haunted House Lamp is hard to pin down. Companies sold molds to each other, so this could have been Bayshore, Empire, or General Foam, and manufactured anywhere from 1960 to 2011. Mine has an odd paint job, but those vary.
Why is Don Featherstone important enough to be mentioned? Because in 1957, he designed the iconic pink flamingo. Even if he hadn’t had that distinction, his blow molds designs are unusual enough to catch attention.
I love these things, and could probably fill a house with them. For now, a corner will do.