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October 21, 2017

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New and Notable Toys: Halloween Merchandise

By TDmonthly Staff

Check out these noteworthy toys.

PlayBac: EyeLike Stickers: Halloween by WORKMAN PUBLISHING

PlayBac: EyeLike Stickers: Halloween by WORKMAN PUBLISHINGEyeLike Stickers are the freshest, most vibrant sticker books on the market with 400 high-quality photographic stickers in each book.
— Syd Clarke, owner of Ali-Cat in Carrboro, N.C., told TDmonthly in a December 2014 interview that EyeLike Stickers: Halloween is one of their best-selling Halloween toys. 12/30/2014


Disney Wicked Witch Deluxe Hat by ELOPE INC.

Disney Wicked Witch Deluxe Hat by ELOPE INC.There's no rest for the wicked in this Wicked Witch Deluxe Hat! This sleek and sophisticated witch hat comes with an attached fitted head and neck scarf. Just what you need for causing wicked mayhem in the land of Oz. Officially licensed by Disney.
— Emily Bieritz, manager of The Toy Box in Amherst, Mass., told TDmonthly in a December 2014 interview that witch hats from Elope are one of their best-selling Halloween toys. 12/30/2014


Spider Dress by CREATIVE EDUCATION OF CANADA

Spider Dress by CREATIVE EDUCATION OF CANADASpider Dress is a black and red spider web print full-length dress. Unique open sleeve design shows the spider web print inner sleeve. Versatile dress can be used as a witch, vampire, or other spooky costume.
— Melissa Pennille, co-owner of Teaching Toys & Books in Tacoma, Wash., told TDmonthly that this dress was one of their top-2 Halloween toys. 12/5/2012 (MSRP: $30.75)


Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson by PENGUIN GROUP USA

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson by PENGUIN GROUP USAThe witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch's hat, then her bow, and then her wand. Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom.  But is there room on the broom for so many friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?
— As of 12/5/2012 this product had 4.9 out of 5 stars from 128 reviews on Amazon.com
— Pat Siegfried, co-owner of Black Forest Books & Toys in Charlotte, N.C., told TDmonthly in a Winter 2012 survey that Room on the Broom was their bestselling Halloween book. 12/5/2012 (MSRP: $6.99; Age: 4 and up)


Frankenstein by Rick Walton by MACMILLAN

Frankenstein by Rick Walton by MACMILLANThis laugh-out-loud funny and devilish send-up of Ludwig Bemelmans's Madeline is for little monsters everywhere. Frankenstein is the scariest of all the monsters in Miss Devel's castle. He can frighten anything-animals, parents, even rocks. Until one night, Miss Devel wakes up and runs downstairs to find that Frankenstein has lost his head.
— As of 12/5/2012 this product had 4.9 out of 5 stars from 8 reviews on Amazon.com
— In a Winter 2012 survey Jessica Wood from Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vt., told TDmonthly that this was their bestselling Halloween book. 12/5/2012 (MSRP: $14.99; Age: 4 and up)


Bop 'n' Glo Halloween Pen by RAYMOND GEDDES & CO., INC.

Bop Bop pen on hard surface to activate light up feature. Assortment contains pumpkin, witch and skeleton light up pens. Black ink; approximately 7" long.
— In a Winter 2012 survey one retailer told TDmonthly that novelty pens from Raymond Geddes were their bestselling Halloween toy. 12/5/2012 (MSRP: $1.45)


Silly Monster Stickers by PEACEABLE KINGDOM

Silly Monster Stickers by PEACEABLE KINGDOMKids can never have too many stickers. Make sure to have lots on hand for fun little projects – decorate, embellish, give them as gifts. 2 sheets of 44 permanent acid-free stickers. More than 90 designs to choose from.
— In a Winter 2012 survey Julie Steinbach, owner of Rainbow Toys in Falmouth, Maine, told TDmonthly that they sold 65 packs of stickers from Peaceable Kingdom this Halloween season. 12/5/2012 (MSRP: $2.00; Age: 3 and up)


Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Designer TOOB® by SAFARI LTD.®

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Designer TOOB® by SAFARI LTD.®Trick or treat all year round with the Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Designer TOOB® from Safari Ltd®. Eerie Halloween figures will help to celebrate All-Hallows’-Eve even when the holiday has come and gone. Packaged in a reusable acetate tube, this set contains eight glow-in-the-dark figures, including a Cat, Bat, Skeleton, Ghost, Witch, Cauldron, Spider & Web and Pumpkin. Hand painted figures measure 2” H (5 cm) and are suitable for ages 3 and up. All Safari Ltd® products are 100% guaranteed and lead free to ensure children’s safety. Launch date: 2013. 11/8/2012 (Age: 3 and up)


Lego Monster Fighters Vampyre Castle by LEGO

Lego Monster Fighters Vampyre Castle by LEGOIt's time for the final showdown with the Vampyre. He has gathered all 6 moonstones at his castle and is about to cloak the world in darkness forever so that his followers can roam free for the rest of eternity. Will our heroes Dr. Rodney Rathbone and Jack McHammer survive the castle's hidden spikes and traps to disable the moonstone device? Or will the Vampyre's bride and the manbats throw them into the castle dungeon? You decide. Includes 6 minifigures: Rodney Rathbone, Jack McHammer, the Vampyre, the Vampyre's bride and 2 manbats.
— As of 10/26/2012 this product has 4.5 out of 5 stars from 12 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros: Lots of pieces (949); detailed minifigures, including some that glow in the dark; lots of details. Cons: Some reviews said this set was not as sturdy as other LEGO building sets. 10/26/2012 (MSRP: $149.99; Age: 9 to 14)


Nano Mutant Glow in the Dark Skeleton Zombie by INNOVATION FIRST LABS, INC.

Nano Mutant Glow in the Dark Skeleton Zombie by INNOVATION FIRST LABS, INC.Get a robotic creature that behaves just as a real bug would. This robotic HEXBUG Halloween Nano speeds around in random patterns, finds its way around obstacles and more all by using vibration-propelled movements. Each one comes with a unique registration number too, so kids can register their HEXBUG online and earn points, play games and learn scientific facts.
— Jessica Wood from Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vt., told TDmonthly in a Winter 2012 survey that Halloweeen Hexbugs were their top-selling Halloween toy. 10/24/2012 (MSRP: $8.99)


Spot It! Halloween by BLUE ORANGE GAMES

Spot It! Halloween by BLUE ORANGE GAMESSpot it! Halloween is a party card game consisting of 55 cards, each featuring an assortment of 8 symbols. This special Halloween edition features images such as jack-o'-lanterns, cobwebs, ghouls and other spooky creatures and objects to surprise even the bravest player. Spot It! reinforces visual perception and matching skills. It sharpens reaction time while exercising motor skills and quick cognition in a fun, fast-paced atmosphere.  As with all Spot it! editions, there is always one, and only one, matching symbol between any two cards. This game can be played five different ways. 8/23/2012 (MSRP: $12.99; Age: 7 and up)


Latex Ram Mask by DILLON IMPORTING CO.

Latex Ram Mask by DILLON IMPORTING CO.This latex Ram mask is hand painted. Features curling horns and curly white hair. (Watch the Latex Ram Mask Video Watch Video) 3/26/2012 (MSRP: $12.00)


Happy Halloween! by Liesbet Slegers by CLAVIS PUBLISHING

Happy Halloween! by Liesbet Slegers by CLAVIS PUBLISHINGThe fun traditions of Halloween are celebrated in this engaging picture book in which the whole family prepares for the big day. Daddy carves the pumpkin into a scary monster face, while Mommy makes pumpkin soup and pumpkin cakes with the trimmings. Everyone makes scary costumes for the neighborhood Halloween party. After bobbing for apples, the children travel door to door collecting sweets and singing scary songs. When the excitement is over, the makeup and costumes come off, and it is time to crawl into bed, forget about the ghosts and goblins, and dream of next year's celebration. Simple shapes and just the right amount of spooky suspense introduce youngsters to a favorite holiday. Launch date: Fall 2011. 11/23/2011 (MSRP: $15.95; Age: 3 and up)


GIANTmicrobes® Halloween Gift Box by GIANTMICROBES

GIANTmicrobes® Halloween Gift Box by GIANTMICROBESTrick or Treat with Anthrax adorning a witch's hat, Flesh Eating with spooky, fake fangs, orange Amoeba with black mask, Black Death embroidered with a skull and crossbones, and Ebola costumed as Frankenstein with stitched mouth and neck bolts. Launch date: October 2011. 10/4/2011 (MSRP: $24.95; Age: All Ages)


And Then Comes Halloween by CANDLEWICK PRESS

And Then Comes Halloween by CANDLEWICK PRESSAs soon as geese fly south, children take autumn's cue to start their preparations: it’s almost Halloween. With poetic language and vivid collage illustrations, Tom Brenner and Holly Meade follow all the familiar rituals, from hanging paper skeletons to carving pumpkins, from costume-making to trick-or-treating. Halloween lovers will be eager to grab a bag or bucket and join them on this lively and lyrical journey. When nighttime creeps closer to suppertime, And red and gold seep into green leaves...Then it’s time to decide what to be. 9/7/2011 (MSRP: $16.99; Age: 4 to 7)


Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway: Trick or Treat On Sodor by LEARNING CURVE

Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway: Trick or Treat On Sodor by LEARNING CURVEIt's Halloween on Sodor and Thomas is ready to trick and treat. This exclusive new 2-pack features Thomas with a Halloween banner and Halloween decorated caboose. 9/7/2011 (MSRP: $10.99; Age: 2 and up)


Skeleton Foam Floor Puzzle by LEARNING RESOURCES INC.

Skeleton Foam Floor Puzzle by LEARNING RESOURCES INC.Encourages kids to explore the human body by piecing together a life-size puzzle. Invites children to make comparisons to their own bodies as they lie on top of the completed puzzle. Features 15 illustrated pieces with both formal and common bone names printed on the reverse side. Provides a fun activity for spooky-themed parties. Soft foam puzzle measures 4'H when assembled. 9/7/2011 (MSRP: $26.99; Age: 3 and up)


Shrinky Dinks Monster Lab by CREATIVITY FOR KIDS

Shrinky Dinks Monster Lab by CREATIVITY FOR KIDSThe Shrinky Dinks Monster Lab includes 50+ pre-cut Shrinky Dinks, Faber-Castell color EcoPencils, brads, chenille stems, wiggly eyes and more. When you are finished, place them inside the 3-D pop-up laboratory. This craft kit is perfect for play and display. The Laboratory measures 16" x 7 3/4" x 6". This is a spook-tacular kit for Halloween too. 9/7/2011 (MSRP: $19.99; Age: 7 and up)


Grim Reaper by WOWindows, LLC

Grim Reaper by WOWindows, LLCPackage Contents: Two (2) 3’x5’ Posters, Eight (8) removable adhesive squares. Stick over a window and illuminate by turning on the lights in the room. 8/23/2011 (Age: All Ages)


Paul Frank Pirate Skurvy by FIESTA

Paul Frank Pirate Skurvy by FIESTA12" Pirate Skurvy.  Perfect for Halloween and the "collect them all" Julius Paul Frank fan. The modern design aesthetic of Paul Frank Industries.™ & © 2009 Paul Frank Industries LLC. All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization. 4/28/2011 (MSRP: $16.00; Age: 3 and up)


Magic Pumpkin Costume by ELF MAGIC LLC

Magic Pumpkin Costume by ELF MAGIC LLCThis festive Pumpkin costume comes with a green and orange felt hat with stem, black leggings and an Elf-size trick or treat bag. 1/27/2011 (MSRP: $15.00; Age: 3 to 12)


31 Day Halloween Countdown by BABALU INC.

31 Day Halloween Countdown by BABALU INC.This spooktacular calendar counts down the days until Halloween - from the 1st of October to the 31st. Upon opening the accompanying "casket" children find a hint, in the form of a question, for each day to help them guess what fun and mildy-spooky, illustration awaits them underneath the corresponding window on the calendar. 11" x 15" Shrinkwrapped.
— "I started carrying [Halloween advent calendars] five years ago, and I would only bring in 6 or 12, and this year, I brought in two or three different styles, and they sold out right away," said Mary Walsh Martel, owner of Magical Child in Greenfield, Mass., in 4Q 2010. 12/22/2010 (MSRP: $8.00)


Witch Hat by JACOBSON HAT CO INC

Witch Hat by JACOBSON HAT CO INCThis satiny witch hat gives any hag a touch of class.
—  "We have a store now in Salem, which is the Halloween capital of the world," said Kristen Pollard, owner of Mud Puddle in Marblehead, Mass. "It's very local, market-driven. It's all visitors to Salem. Everyone walks around here in costume or wearing hats. People that come here, if they don't have something, they want something to fit in...to be festive, to join in the fun." 12/22/2010


Gnarly Teeth by ACCOUTREMENTS

Gnarly Teeth by ACCOUTREMENTSEach soft vinyl set of teeth fits over real teeth, instantly transforming the wearer into a new creepy character. Nine different styles. Illustrated window box.
— Dean Smith, co-owner of JaZams in Pennington, N.J., says kids liked to spook their neighbors with these teeth during Halloween 2010. 12/22/2010


Halloween Countdown Calendar by GROOVY HOLIDAYS

Halloween Countdown Calendar by GROOVY HOLIDAYSThis Halloween calendar outfitted with a haunted house, ghosts, jack o' lanterns and more, lets families count down to the 31st of October. They can put tricks on treats in the pockets of the calendar for a fun family tradition. The calendar may be personalized (optional). 12/4/2009


Skull Sabers by LIGHTUP TOYS

Skull Sabers by LIGHTUP TOYSThese light-up skull sabers flash with a colorful glow. 11/3/2009 (MSRP: $4.00)


Halloween Spider by CHINA TOYBIZ.CN

Halloween Spider by CHINA TOYBIZ.CNThis spider is made of shiny velvet with polyester fiber stuffing. Different sizes are available. Launch date: August 2009. 8/27/2009 (MSRP: $4.00; Age: All Ages)


Minor Misfits - Gaston Le Boo by BLEEDING EDGE

Minor Misfits - Gaston Le Boo by BLEEDING EDGEThe skulls that freckle Gast Le Boo actually glow in the dark. This plush toy likes going through walls, white noise, para-psychologists, haunting San Quentin, vinegar chips & root beer floats. He dislikes hostbusters, demons, worms, chains and infomercial psychics.
  (Watch the Minor Misfits - Gaston Le Boo Video Watch Video) 4/22/2009 (MSRP: $12.99; Age: 12 and up)


Black Cat Peeking Out of Pumpkin by CHERYL'S LITTLE CREATIONS

Black Cat Peeking Out of Pumpkin by CHERYLThis small collectible is handmade out of polymer clay and even features a tiny spider on the base. It measures 2" to 3" tall, and no two are alike. 3/13/2009 (MSRP: $10.95)


Custom Designer Dracula Fangs by FOOTHILLS CREATIONS, LTD.

Custom Designer Dracula Fangs by FOOTHILLS CREATIONS, LTD.These fangs are the best engineered fangs on the market. It will not fall out! The unique custom partial plate application is designed to fit your bite perfectly. It will not fall out! It is removable and reusable without adhesives. 12/23/2008


Frighty Night Halloween Zip Alongs by GUND INC.

Frighty Night Halloween Zip Alongs by GUND INC.This set of three frightful characters move along when their string is pulled. Each is between 4.5” and 5.5” tall.
— Three of 52 retailers told TDmonthly in fall 2008 that Gund items sell well for Halloween in their stores. 12/10/2008


Small Miracles Construction Worker Dress Up by SCHYLLING

Small Miracles Construction Worker Dress Up by SCHYLLINGComplete with a bright construction vest and hard hat, this dress-up set also includes a screwdriver, hammer and construction flag.
— Nearly 10 percent of 52 specialty retailers named Small Miracles when asked in fall 2008 about brands that sell well for them in terms of Halloween merchandise. 12/10/2008 (MSRP: $29.99; Age: 3 and up)


Glitter by WOLFE FACE ART & FX

Glitter by WOLFE FACE ART & FXThis hexagon-cut, polyester glitter can be used to add detail to face paint used on Halloween and other occasions. It is available in 8ml containers in the following shades: black, red, green, turquoise, iridescent, iridescent green, iridescent pink, iridescent blue, laser blue hologram, green hologram, lavender hologram, orange hologram, gold hologram and silver hologram. 9/30/2008 (MSRP: $3.00)


Removable Adhesive Creature Silhouettes - Bag of Rats by HOUSEHAUNTERS

Removable Adhesive Creature Silhouettes - Bag of Rats by HOUSEHAUNTERSPrinted on soft, green vinyl, these removable rat stickers can be placed in the home to add a bit of decorative fright. Bags of bats and spiders are also available. 9/22/2008 (MSRP: $6.99; Age: All Ages)


Halloween Howler-Home™ by CHIPS INTERNATIONAL INC.

Halloween Howler-Home™ by CHIPS INTERNATIONAL INC.Halloween Howler-Home™ detects motion and plays a message the user has recorded. Great for Halloween fun, announcements, instructions, parties and pranksters. It is Self-contained, battery-operated and has a 10 second message capacity. There is a line-out for external amplification, and the message is retained indefinitely with no power. 7/29/2008 (MSRP: $19.95)


The Webcaster Gun™ by DAVID M. MANGELSEN GROUP

The Webcaster Gun™ by DAVID M. MANGELSEN GROUPThe Webcaster Gun™ is the only UL listed, patent pending designed gun available for the amateur halloween decorator. Create Unique Halloween Displays, In Homes, Outdoors, Schools, Haunted Houses, Theaters, and Retail Stores Choose from a variety of colored Websticks to make your haunted scene into an extraordinary scene! 7/11/2008


Original Trick or Treat Safety Pouch by Howler Brands LLC

Original Trick or Treat Safety Pouch by Howler Brands LLCThe first ever hands free trick or treat bag worn like a mailman's sack, so the kid's hands are free to help balance and keep from falling, all with a safety light on the shoulder strap for better visibility of the kids. Available in 4 Styles: Black Cat, Ghost, Skeleton and Pumpkin. 7/3/2008


Nitefall Kids Tattoos by SAVVI

Nitefall Kids Tattoos by SAVVIEach package contains 40 tattoos and comes in different themes, such as Glitter and Glow-in-the-Dark. The temporary tattoos are safe for skin and designed to last long. 11/15/2007 (MSRP: $2.99; Age: 3 and up)


Kreepy KLIK by AU´SOME CANDIES

Kreepy KLIK by AU´SOME CANDIESEach collectible dispenser comes complete with a roll of Au’some Bubble Gum and a roll of Smarties Candies. The dispensers are available in mummy, skeleton and pumpkin designs, each with moveable faces. Launch date: 2006. 11/14/2007 (MSRP: $0.99; Age: 4 and up)


Briney Deep by LUBATTI DESIGNS UNLIMITED

Briney Deep by LUBATTI DESIGNS UNLIMITEDThis face is the result of walking the plank. He's back from the briney deep to exact his revenge on those who did him wrong. “All of our masks are made by hand by the artists who sculpt them,” Erich Lubatti of Lubatti Designs Unlimited told TDmonthly. 11/14/2007 (MSRP: $85.00; Age: 10 and up)


Halloween Hounted House by FASHION FUN STORE

Halloween Hounted House by FASHION FUN STOREThe stylish and fitted shirts are made of 100% baby rib cotton, combed for softness and comfort. Create designs easily with the appliqués and rhinestones included. Simply design, iron and wear. 10/11/2007 (MSRP: $19.99)


Aunt Sarah by HAUNTED MEMORIES CHANGING PORTRAITS

(Watch the Aunt Sarah Video Watch Video) 8/13/2007


Freddy by KAKU LAB CORP.

Freddy by KAKU LAB CORP.Have someone that is getting to you? Freddy here can infiltrate their dreams and make them wet their pants. What better retribution than a little dreamland fun? Freddy is 100% handmade from highly durable cotton strings, 2.5" height and 1.5" wide. 8/1/2007 (MSRP: $9.95)






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