Wednesday, November 25, 2009

40-75% OFF Sale Starts Thanksgiving!

Thanks to all of our customers for a busy Halloween season! We're already busy at work making decision on what to buy for next year... it just never ends!

As we move into the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, we're launching another fantastic sale - 40% Off storewide AND over Thanksgiving weekend ONLY, an additional 35% off nearly 100 select products. This is the largest discount we've ever offered! Help us clear out the old inventory so we can make room for all the great new products coming for 2010! Sale runs from November 26 - December 31st.

Saturday, October 31, 2009


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! I hope everyone has a great day today! I know I will enjoy setting up the rest of my decorations at home and then passing out the candy tonight... and of course scaring the hell out of some trick or treaters!

Today starts our annual 50% OFF CLEARANCE SALE! Stop in by November 9th and enjoy spooktacular savings on everything in stock. Valid on new orders only.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


More big savings at - All Creature Reacher Costumes, Night Terror Costumes, and the Peter Rottentail Costume are now 20% OFF! We have these costumes in stock and ready for immediate shipment. Delivery everywhere in time for Halloween! Don't miss out on these amazing costumes while supplies last!

Monday, October 19, 2009


We've started a 20% off sale on ALL Halloween props on our site. Supplies are limited to in stock items only. Plenty of Rocking Granny, Face Ripper Clowns, Count Drac, tombstones, body parts, etc. still available! Order soon and you can still get in time for Halloween delivery.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

25% OFF Storewide at

Our sister site,, is having a storewide sale - everything is 25% off now through Halloween. All sexy women's costumes, shoes, hosiery, accessories - if we sell it, it's on sale! Stop by for incredible savings on excellent quality ladies costumes.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Halloween Asylum on New England Dreamhouse TV Show

Just over a week ago I got a phone call from a producer at New England Cable News (NECN) out of Boston, MA. They have a program called New England Dream House where they highlight interesting homes throughout the New England area. They wanted to do a segment on decorating for Halloween and they asked if Halloween Asylum would like to display props in the studio and if I'd like to come out and talk about them. Of course I said yes! It was great fun, everyone in the studio was fantastic to work with. To see the video clip of our portion of the episode, featuring yours truly and host Jenny Johnson, click on the photo below. If you're in New England, you can also see the full episode Sunday, October 4th at 10:30 AM and 7:30 PM. It will also air several times throughout the month.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Free Shipping at

For this week only, orders over $50 on qualify for free shipping! This applies to orders shipping within the U.S. via UPS Ground. You must enter the coupon code: FREESHIP50 during checkout. Coupon is valid until 9/26/09.

New Site -

Sorry it's taken so long to update the blog, I've been crazy busy preparing for this Halloween season. I wanted to take a minute to tell you about one of things that has kept me busy all summer - launching our new sister site - - this site features all women's costumes. We hope you have a chance to check it out. We stock everything on the site at our same warehouse for Halloween Asylum, so you'll get the same great service and fast shipping.

Monday, June 29, 2009

July 4th Sale

July 4th Sale starts after midnight on June 30th (eastern time) and runs through July 6th. This is our LAST pre-Halloween sale!! Don't miss out on a great discount! You must enter discount code FIREWORKS during checkout.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

25% OFF Memorial Day Sale

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick note to say we're having a 5-day sale starting today, May 21st through Monday May 25th. Everything on the website is 25% OFF - all Halloween props, masks, and costumes.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Halloween Mask Maintenance

Have you ever gotten a Halloween mask that has a bent nose, a creased face, or some other issue that shouldn't be there? Well, with 15 minutes and a hairdryer, you can fix it!

At Halloween Asylum, almost all of the masks we carry come right out of the box looking absolutely perfect. They were packed with care when they left the factory, so they hold their shapes and look just like you expect them to. Occasionally, however, some masks arrive at our warehouse flat as pancakes - this is more typical of those made in China as opposed to Mexico. My favorite masks are from Ghoulish Productions out of Mexico - they are of the highest quality. Opening a shipment from them is like opening presents on Christmas; it's always exciting to see how cool they are!

But I digress... today we're talking about problem masks. Most Halloween masks are made of latex, which is a material that can be molded to take on various shapes. A good and bad property. It's good because when the masks are made, latex in liquid form is poured into a mask mold and when the latex dries, it has perfectly formed into the design of the mask. The bad part comes when that mask is packed for shipment into a box with a bunch of other masks piled on top of it. It then has to travel for an extended period of time, probably via container to the U.S., then sit in a distributor's warehouse for who knows how long, before ultimately getting shipped to a retailer, such as us. During that process, if the mask has not been packed with paper to hold its original shape, or even worse, if it's been folded down the center so it lies flat, the latex takes on that new bent shape. And it will stay like that unless it is reformed... here comes the fun part with the hairdryer!

My first photo shows the worst example of a mask bent in shipping that I could find in our warehouse. This is the Pit Witch mask. I have placed the mask on a styrofoam head so it will sit upright - the mask is quite oversized so the head doesn't fill the interior fully. You can see that the front of the face is squished and completely bent to the left.

The first step to fix this problem is to stuff the mask with something so that it will fill out. You want to get the mask to look like you want as the end result. I'm just shooting for fixing the bent face so I stuffed the whole head with paper to give it a fuller, round shape. For about 15 minutes I heat up the latex in various places with the hairdryer, focusing on each problem area a few minutes at a time. Be careful when doing this - the mask gets quite hot to the touch. Never try to do this while wearing the mask!

On this mask, the problem areas were around the nose and mouth and the crease on the top of the head. I hoped that if I could soften the crease, the mask might resist trying to fold flat which effects the whole face. As you warm up the latex, you can feel it get softer and it becomes more willing to bend to the new shape. I used a ruler at times to keep the nose straight while I kept the hairdryer on it because it was too hot to the touch with my bare hands.

After a total of about 15 minutes I turned the hairdryer off. I let the mask cool while it remained stuffed. This took another 10 minutes or so. I did hold the ruler against the nose for the first few minutes of cooling to be sure it remained straight. It is while the mask cools after being heated that it takes on it's new shape.

Once cool, the mask definitely looks much better. My final picture shows the mask with only the styrofoam head in it, the same conditions as the fist photo, and you can see the dramatic difference. The face is no longer squished and the awful bend to the left is gone! All of these principles would apply to fixing any small crease or dent in a mask. I just picked a worst-case scenario for demonstration.

When you're not wearing your mask, it's important to keep it stuffed to hold the shape. Also, try not to store it where it will be exposed to direct sun or extreme temperatures, such as in an attic. This can decrease the life of the latex making it brittle. It's also a good idea to lightly dust the inside of the mask with baby powder after wearing to absorb any moisture.

I hope you have found this information helpful! Please stop by our Halloween Masks section on our website to see a great selection of some amazing masks!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

New Animated Halloween Props for 2009

I am still in sneak preview mode and this week I have set up some short videos of some new animated Halloween props we'll have this year on our website at There will be more than these of course... this is just a sampling of some videos I took at a trade show earlier this year.

First up are two new motion-activated Face Ripper props. The first is a bride who pulls her lovely face off to reveal a bloody face with flashing eyes and she says -I'll make him suffer for what he did to me!

The second face ripper is a clown who after removing his face with his eyes flashing and laughing he says "I feel so much better without my makeup!" These are great animated props and will be priced at only $149.99.

Next up is an awesome prop that I just had to add to our selection - Rocking Grandma. Using your own rocking chair, you add Grandma into the seat and she'll make the chair rock back and forth. She's creepy looking and comes with a cd which plays in the background with her laughing and saying things like "you kids better get off my porch!" I'll think she'll be great fun to put out on Halloween night! This lovely ol' gal will retail at about $359.

Lastly are two more animated props shown in one video - Uncle Ralph and the Spinning Head Baby. Uncle Ralph is a great looking grave buster whose head rocks back and forth while he makes moaning sounds. The baby's head spins with flashing eyes and I believe it also makes crying noises. Uncle Ralph will retail around $239, while the baby will be $79.99.

We already have Grandma in stock. She is not on the website just yet, but will be shortly. The other props are expected to arrive June-August. I hope you enjoyed a look at some upcoming items. Be sure to stop by to check out our website at - thanks!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

New Clown Halloween Masks for 2009

Welcome to my first blog! As the owner of the retail internet site, I attend a few Halloween trade shows and get to see tons of new products that will be coming out later in the year. I thought I would create a blog to offer a sneak preview of some of the hot, new products that we will be carrying this year. This is the first post of many to come... weekly at least I hope! In the future, I would also like to use this space to offer how-to info such as mask care, makeup tips, etc.

At we specialize in everything scary - no cute products on the site whatsoever! In this first post, I want to highlight just a few of the new killer clown halloween masks. What I'm showing here today has not even been added to the site yet! This is definitely an advance preview.
In the first picture you will see several masks - we have purchased all but one (the one that looks more like a mime than an evil clown). We already carry a few in the photo as well, so I will outline each here. Far left is Lust Clown, in the top row from the left is the new Buffoon, Craky, and Bobous who is also new. Bottom row from the left is the mime (not carrying), then Booba and Vago - both new, and at the far right is one more new one - Rico the Clown. Rico will be available with the costume shown as well.

This next photo shows Buffoon and the matching costume for that as well. All of these masks are of the absolute highest quality. I am certain that you will be very impressed with the amazing detail on them - nothing is overlooked - paint is perfect, eye detail is awesome, teeth have creepy discoloring, skin has wrinkles and texture, mouth and teeth look wet - these masks have it all! They are all also made of a thick latex and hold their shapes perfectly!

There will be several other new scary clown masks available, this has been a highlight of only a few. We will be adding all of them to our website in the next couple months. For the most part, these masks will start arriving in June and July.

Thanks for stopping by!