Best Party Supplies, October 2009
Right about now, Stats Home Decorative Center
will have transformed itself into something positively ghoulish. Giant spiders, stuffed black cats with glowing red eyes, myriad skeletons: All the elements of a well-appointed haunted house are not just for sale but jump out at every corner. As Thanksgiving approaches, the macabre yields to cardboard turkeys, pilgrim figurines, and silk autumnal garlands. Then comes the march of the Santas and Christmas elves, ranging in size from thumbnail to human scale. Many goods have quaint folk art touches, which means that the $12.95 carved-wood Mrs. Claus will look like you found it for $40 at a weekend crafts fair.