I did it last year, so it would have been rude not to do it again this time round. Here is my breakdown of what Asda has on offer for Halloween this year. The big question is, will it top last year’s amazing selection of products?
After weeks of waiting, my local store finally filled its ‘seasonal’ area with the Halloween stock. It was a little less noticeable than last time around, maybe a result of the economy driven belt tightening. But there were still two isles stuffed with great spooky products, and lots of it new and exclusive to Asda.
There was lots to choose from. A whole set of shelves just for halloween costumes and a massive amount of halloween decorations and props to fill you home with. The only problem being deicing what to buy!
A majority of the products are resonably priced, with a majority of the stock being just £10 or under. There are also a few deals going on where you can get 3 products for £5 and so on. Along with plenty of small bits that would be great for a Halloween lucky dip (an idea that I have had for this year’s party).
Man in chains
The most immediately noticeable products were the ones that made noise. And the best of these (Wanda the Witch not included) was the man hanging in chains:
He’s excellent. Smaller than life size, but still pretty big for the £15 price tag (from what I remember). As you can see, his eyes flash and he has a bunch of phrases. All activated by a motion sensor.
As shoppers passed him by, he was moaning away, getting lots of smiles and the odd fright. He’s well built too. Although I didn’t buy one, he’s on the top of my list when I go back. The only problem being that he freaked out my three year old a bit. Going to have to find a good hiding place to store him after the big event is over!
Talking door knocker
If you’re expecting trick or treaters, this is a perfect feature for your front door.
Loved this too. Again, he had lots of phrases. Plus his eyes light up and move, which is all pretty impressive for such a small and reasonably priced prop.
The only slight problem that I have with this and other similar products is that they’re fine if you live in a nice area, but might not last too long if you live in an average UK town and intend to leave it on your front door.
Sorry, that’s a bit of a negative way to look at it, but it’s what has always put me off getting this sort of thing.
It’s still a fun product and could be put to good use inside the home as well as out. What better way to decorate your toilet door? 😀
Asda always have a few novelty singing halloween toys/decorations. This time round, the Singing Witch caught my eye.
She sings and rises up and down (on what is supposed to be a broomstick I’m guessing?). She has a few different phrases and throws in the odd cackle. What more can you ask for from a cute little witch? And cute she is, reminiscent of a mupped, I have never felt so much affection towards and elderly wicked woman.
It’s a nice novetly item, and one that the kids will love and not find too terrifying.
I was a little let down by how similar the song was to Bangin Bones DJ (featured here) from last year. But then, I’m guessing that a lot of people will be leaving last year’s gear in the wardrobe with all this new stuff about.
A few items did look somewhat familiar. Locked-up Lenny is back on the shelves, which is pretty good as he ranked pretty highly out of last year’s stock. The Hanging Ghost is also available again, along with some similar looking spooky buddies. They make great low priced potential scarers.
Other favourite small items are back too, with the skull mugs and skeleton glasses available, along with some test tube shot glasses which look good fun.
I ended up buying one of the glittery skulls (pictured right). They will look excellent with the finger bone candles as a centre-piece on the dinner table.
Before I go on too long and bore you completely, I wanted to give a mention to the costumes. I don’t often pay them much attention myself, but a full vampire kit with cape and waistcoat for £10 was too good for me to turn down.
I also picked up a funny looking wig which was a steal at £3. If you want a fun costume which is of good quality but fits a tight budget, you’d be hard pressed to do better. AND you can buy a bunch of them online here: Asda costumes online
If you want a less conventional halloween costume, how about an inflatable hat? They have a nicer variety of designs from pumpkin to frankenstein and will no doubt cause lots of laughs. You can just about make out my skull hat in the photo of today’s Asda booty here:
That’s probably enough for now. Although I will soon be posting a review of the most talked about product this year – Wanda the Witch.