Sunday, September 12, 2010

Zombie by the Carload!

Stop by and check out our amazing new line of life-size Zombie Props.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

$5 Flat Rate Shipping!

Today through the end of August, 2010, we are running a $5 Flat Rate Shipping special on all orders over $50 that ship via ground service. This applies to orders shipping within the 50 contiguous United States (not available to Alaska, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico).  No coupon needed, simply select the Flat Rate upon checkout.

So stop by and place your order today to take advantage of these great savings!

Friday, July 30, 2010


Fans of our Facebook Page are eligible to win 13 Weeks of Prizes! Each Saturday from August 7th - October 30, 2010, we will draw one lucky winner from the people who "LIKE" our page on Facebook. Please watch the video for more info or visit our LUCKY 13 CONTEST INFO page for details. See you on Facebook!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Videos of All of Our Halloween Masks

In an effort to get one step closer to making online shopping as close to shopping in person, at Halloween Asylum we've decided to video tape all of our masks rotating a full 360 degrees so you can see them from every angle - front, back and sides. We've posted one sample (Clowning Around) so far to our site.

At this point, we have created videos for about 75 of our Halloween masks and we will have these posted to our site next week. The rest of the videos will have to wait until our big mask shipment arrives later this month. But all videos should be completed by early August.

We'd love hear your opinions! We think this will make mask shopping better than ever... what do you think?

Here's the actual video for this mask:

Friday, July 2, 2010

4th of July Sale Starts Today!

You've asked for it, so we're doing it! 15% OFF Storewide July 2-5th!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Customer Service So Good, It's Scary!!

At Halloween Asylum, we really care about customer service and today I want to share a story with you about the cooperation of manufacturers, distributors, and retailers that goes on behind the scenes that hopefully leads to greater customer satisfaction.

Last week we received a large shipment from one of our suppliers, Morris Costumes. We have a great relationship with this company and I always deal with Scott Morris, who has always treated me well and is just a really nice guy. In this particular shipment there were many Frightronics animated props that we had ordered. This line of props is distributed by Morris, but made by Distortions Unlimited in Colorado… good old American made products! The props in this group include Rocking Granny, who was very popular last year, along with seven new characters – Crotchety Grandpa, Bones, Twitch, Psycho Sam, Buzz, Creepy Cathy, and Twisted.

We started opening up these props, setting them up one by one, to test them. We wanted to see what they actually do as opposed to what we saw them doing when we ordered them at a tradeshow months ago. All of these props are accompanied by a cd soundtrack that goes along with the movements of the prop. So we set each one up and prepared to video tape it with the sound so our customers can see what they are actually getting when ordering from us (if different than the video already supplied by Distortions).

Right out of the box the prop Buzz was quite different than expected. At the show and in the video provided to us, he gently rocked back and forth during the “electrocution” sequence on the cd. I set him up on a table (mind you he weighs 33 lbs.), plug him in, reach around his back and turn the knob. Well, I nearly got head butted into unconsciousness when Buzz started to violently flail back and forth! Gone was the gentle rocking I’d seen at the show! If only the video were rolling right then, we’d all have a good laugh today. Believe me, trying to restrain a full size human prop that is violently thrashing around while you let go with one hand in order to reach for that knob again is not an easy task!

After reading the instructions, I realized that Buzz is sound activated and the knob that I turned was meant to be adjusted slowly until he responds to the electrocution sound, not just cranked full blast. Armed with this new knowledge, I set out to get Buzz to respond only when needed. But I had a really hard time… his soundtrack was not the same as I heard at the show – instead of speaking with a soft southern drawl, he now had a gruffer, meaner voice. In my opinion, that was a good improvement (he is a prisoner after all), but it seemed the volume of his voice was too similar to the volume of the electrocution and he was moving when he shouldn’t be. I’d turn the knob a hair in one direction and he would do nothing, turn it a hair in the other and he moved non-stop. I futzed with the prop for about an hour and got it to the point where he moved only a little while talking and then did his violent thrashing when getting zapped.

The video of Buzz as received last week:

I sent a quick email off to Scott to tell him what a pain it was to work with this prop. I knew my customers would be as frustrated as I was in trying to get it to work correctly. Scott then forwarded my email off to the good folks at Distortions. A day and a half later they responded saying they recorded a new soundtrack that will correct the problem and they’d send it right out. WOW! They listened and responded, fixing the problem faster than I could have imagined!

As we continued to test the rest of the props, we thought they were all great, but if their soundtracks had slight improvements, they’d be even better. There were long lag times between the tracks and the tracks themselves were fairly short. Most of these props are not sound activated… they just keep moving, pausing here and there, and the soundtrack runs in the background. It just seemed a little odd to me to have the prop moving and not saying anything and you could hear the motor humming along making some clicking sounds as the prop went through its various motions. So I dashed off another email to Scott. Once again, there was a super fast response from Marsha at Distortions that said after reading my suggestions they looked at all of the soundtracks again and are now reworking them. They should have them completed in about a week. They are making the tracks longer and adding continuous background noise to cover any motor sounds. For example, Crotchety Grandpa is made to sit in a rocker and rock back and forth, so he will have creaky rocking chair sounds running continuously that can be heard between his spoken phrases. This will add to his overall effect and hide any motor sounds. There will be a similar change for many of the Frightronics props. The Psycho Sam soundtrack was already set up like this with breathing and heartbeat sounds running continuously on his cd – I think it makes an incredible difference.

We also passed along suggestions to change the box size for a couple of the props. If you’ve ever shipped anything with UPS, you probably know that the bigger the box is the higher the price is. Once you get over a certain size box, UPS has a formula to calculate the dimensional weight of an item and that’s what they base their charge on, not the actual weight of the box. For example, Buzz weighs 33 lbs. but due to his box size, UPS is charging as if he weighs 80 lbs. We found it would cost about $108 for us to ship one Buzz prop to the west coast – we’re in Massachusetts. But we also found that there was a lot of excess space in Buzz’s box and that if we just trimmed it down a few inches, the shipping cost dropped to $58. So for a little bit of effort, we can save our customers a lot of money and in this economy, who wouldn’t appreciate that?? Customers that live closer will still see significant savings in the neighborhood of $35. We also repacked all of the Creepy Cathy props for the same reason. She’s a lot smaller than Buzz, but by buying smaller boxes and simply repacking her in these, we will save our customers about $20 on each one sent out. We spend $2 on a smaller box, you save $20 on shipping… not a bad deal, right? I believe Distortions will be packing both of these props similar to this when they leave their factory in the future.

So kudos to Scott Morris for caring enough about my concerns to tell the manufacturer. And kudos to Distortions Unlimited for listening and taking amazingly quick action to improve their products. Their efforts are much appreciated.

I just thought you might be interested to know that some retailers and manufacturers really do care about customer satisfaction… Halloween Asylum is proud to be one of them!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

It's Official, Halloween Asylum is on Facebook!

It's official, Halloween Asylum is on Facebook!  I see this as a great opportunity to be more interactive with our customers on a regular basis.  We will use facebook for more than just plugging our great merchandise, we want to hear from you!  Tell us what you like, what you don't like.  Share your photos and videos of your Halloween displays with us and we'll feature them on the page.  I am hoping through your suggestions, that we can make Halloween Asylum bigger and better than ever.  Your feedback is crucial for this to happen.

So stop by our page (just click the facebook link at the top of this post), click that you "like" the page, and we can stay in touch.  Be among the first to know about new products, upcoming sales, enjoy the camaraderie of others who love Halloween, strike up a conversation and give and get great ideas. 

See you on Facebook!

Monday, March 29, 2010


Alright, it's time to take a look at a few of my favorite new masks that will be available for the 2010 Halloween season on our website at  I expect to see these coming in during mid June.  First up, and shown at the top of the page, is Mega Franky - an awesome full over the head latex mask that extends fully down onto the chest.  I absolutely love this mask!  The details are amazing - the jaw actually looks like steel.  The muscles and veins all over the creature look extremely realistic as well.  Definitely in my top five favorites for this year.

This old soul is called Wicce.  This is another superbly detailed mask with fine wrinkles, coloring, and I especially love the blind eyeball!  This ol' gal should give all the neighborhood trick-or-treaters the heebie jeebies!  I think this makes for a fantastic mask, but also for those of you who use masks for the heads of full-body props, this would make an incredible witch!  I can just picture her sitting at her cauldron stirring slowly... eye of newt, wing of bat... and just cackling the night away!

Now for you fans of clowns, or especially for those who hate clowns, I bring you Pennywise!  The classic killer clown that has scared both kids and adults for years!!  This clown will bring nightmares to life for both young and old.  Simple, yet oh so evil.  Again, nothing but the best painting details on these masks.  You can't go wrong with Pennywise!  Click here to see all of our Halloween masks.

Another mask that I was really impressed with is the Evil Scarecrow.  There aren't a lot of really good scarecrow masks on the market and I don't know why.  I think scarecrows in general are pretty creepy so why not take them one step further and really bring out the darkness within.  This particular scarecrow mask features a full latex hat with what appears to be a crow's skull on the front.  The eyes are rather unusual - sort of murky, but not blind... oh, definitely not blind.  This scarecrow is watching... and waiting.  Just dare to enter his fields and watch the terror unfold.  Another great mask that has potential as a prop head as well.  Truly terrifying!

And last, but not least, I have selected Fangs as a favorite.  How can you not love an evil creature with so many hideous teeth?  This is the type of beast you'll find hiding in the corners of your darkest dreams... or at the least in the darkest corners of a haunted house!  Sure to make them jump and scream, this is a finely crafted latex mask.  I really like the yellow eyes... very creepy. 

I hope you enjoyed a sneak peak into my favorite masks for 2010.  There will be many other new masks of course, but I wanted to highlight just a few here.  Hopefully these will be on our shelves in about 2 months, so please check back to the website very soon - Halloween Asylum!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


If you liked 2009's Rocking Granny, which was probably the hottest animated prop of the year, then you'll LOVE the expanded product line for 2010! We are expecting Creepy Cathy, Twitch, Buzz, Crotchety Grandpa and Twisted to arrive within the next month!

First up is Creepy Cathy. This little girl was definitely getting the most attention of everyone who walked by her at the tradeshow. Her face is very creepy, she pivots at the waist, and the screams and groans she makes caught everyone off-guard. I plan to take more photos and video of her when she arrives (very soon!). If memory serves me correctly, I'd estimate her height at around 4 feet.

Next up is Twitch.  Although this zombie has been ripped in half, he's not going down without a fight!  He moans and groans while lifting his head up and down and his spine wriggles back and forth... disgusting!  I apologize for the short video... I thought I got a better one, but for now this will have to do!  He does go on for quite a bit longer than shown and growls and groans throughout the whole movement.

Have you ever wanted a great electric chair prop, but at a reasonable price? Where let me introduce you to Buzz. He is a lifesize character, with excellent details - his eyes are bloodshot, his prison outfit is impeccable, and his sarcastic humor is a hit! He says a few phrases before and after the switch is thrown, during which he violently jerks back and forth in the chair.

Now we have Rocking Granny's hubby... Crotchety Grandpa. This is one ornery old man! He says some crotchety old man type phrases and like Granny, put him in your own rocking chair and he'll rock back and forth all night!

Lastly we have Twisted.  A gruesome gal if there ever was one!  While her head spins around, she moans and groans.  She's straight out of the Exorcist movie.

What I like most about these props is their quality. These are not made of plastic tubes and plastic gears that are prone to breaking easily - these are made of heavy duty steel parts. And the bodies are ALL latex, not just the head or hands, but all the way from head to toe... if they have a whole body of course! These are super reliable and will run for hours and hours without fail. We have all the confidence in the world with this line and we are very happy to be able to offer this to our customers.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


As promised, here's our first sneak peak at new products coming soon - this one is a line of standing and seated zombies, or ghouls if you prefer, that we will have for Halloween 2010. Expected arrival date on these is late July. First of all, let me say I was blown away when I saw these! They are full body, gruesome props - more blood and rotting flesh than you typically see in Halloween props, unless specifically made for the high-budget haunted houses. And the quality is fabulous!

There are two main styles for these ghouls - a standing version for women and men, and a seated version for both as well. Different head styles means there will be about 5 women and 3 men available in each configuration.

Both seated and standing have completely posable arms, hands, and fingers! Their fingers curl quite well around a small object, so they can easily hold something light. The only difference in seated or standing is that the legs are not bendable in the standing version. There is a solid rod that runs through the leg. Because the seated style does not have this, it cannot support it's own weight in a standing position.

But as you'll see in one pic, the seated ghoul can also be placed in a crawling position. He or she can also cross their legs. With a few of these, you can create almost any zombie scene imaginable! When I saw these, two zombie guys were seated at a bar holding a cigar, plastic gun, and a beer bottle.

These are amazing props - usually standing ghoul props have only their heads and arms visible, while their bodies are covered by clothing because their body consists only of a long pole and metal base. Not these guys and gals - full latex all around, so dress them as you please, no wires or poles to hide! Our expected retail price will be around $200 each.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

What's New For 2010

Hey guys,

Finally, after a few months I have time to blog again! The start of the new year kicked off a very busy time in our office. In early January, we began moving our office/warehouse. We are still in the same industrial complex we've been in for about 5 years now, but we made the move to a larger space... allowing us to stock even more great Halloween products than ever before! We did loads of painting, followed by tons of packing, dismantling of pallet racks AND THEN rebuilding it all in our new spot. It took almost two months to get the job completed! And at no time during the move did we ever stop shipping orders... quite the task when products were spread across two locations at some points! We are now happily settled into the new digs and it's back to business as usual.

Also in January we attended two tradeshows and had a ball seeing all of the new product offerings available for Halloween 2010. I will be posting photos of some of the new masks and props that we've ordered in the coming days. We picked up a fabulous line of new zombie props - full size, free standing zombies... awesome! There will also be many new animatronic props at very reasonable prices this year. We're talking about props that move, light up, and have sound that will retail in the $60 - $100 range! And if you loved the Rocking Granny prop from 2009, then you'll love the additions to that line of deluxe animatronics - there's a new Crotchety Grandpa, a prisoner being electrocuted, a screaming toddler, and a great half-body that squirms around and moans. This line of products will retail in the $300 - $350 range, which is amazing for these high quality, all steel and latex construction props.

I will try to have photos and videos of many of these new items up soon. We are expecting some of these to start arriving in late March or early April. Most of the others will come in during June - August. I'll keep you posted!