October Favorite Finds at Dave’s Halloween Superstores

Fall is a beautiful time to be in Buffalo, New York. Every weekend you can find us watching football, apple picking, and soaking up the cool sunny days with anything pumpkin spice. To help bring those autumn vibes into your home, we’re showing you the most popular items this week at your closest Dave’s. This month, you can also visit our new Halloween popup stores in Amherst, Hamburg, Niagara Falls, and the Boulevard Mall. So check out one near you for some of these great finds.

Fall Garland – $6.99

There’s no question that one of the best parts about fall is the beautiful colors you see while looking out your window. Bring those colors into your home with a few pieces of fall-themed garland. This garland comes in a variety of colors mimicking those red, orange, and yellow colors you see outdoors. Add garland to your mantel, doorway, or railings for that festive look and feel in your home. The perfect inexpensive way to bring that seasonal touch into your home!

Animated Candy Backpacks – $29.99

Trick-or-treat in style this year with our ultra-cool animated Halloween candy bags! These unique designed trick or treating bags allows the mouth to open and close so that your loot can be gathered and safely stored while trick-or-treating. Watch everyone be impressed when the bag comes to life, singing to the tune of the hit song “I Want Candy”. The bag can also be worn as a backpack, making it the perfect item for any kid on Halloween night!

Halloween Kids – $24.99

These popular Halloween decorations are perfect for this time of year! They sell out every year so get them fast! Bring your lawn to life with these cute little Halloween kids. The ghost, pumpkin, and witch are great for Halloween without being too scary for little kids. Add them to your front porch or place them along the sidewalk.

Halloween Costumes – 50% OFF Every Day

New this year! Dave’s Halloween Superstores carry a wide selection of Halloween costumes for babies, kids, teens, and adults. Get creative with different masks, makeup, and costumes – all at 50% off. Whatever you’re looking for, Dave’s Halloween Superstores has plenty of costumes to fit your personality. How will you dress up this year?

Fall is truly one of the best seasons here in Buffalo. From the vivid fall colors to trick or treating on Halloween night, there’s plenty to enjoy. Stop by Dave’s to get all your fall and Halloween decorations and costumes! You can also shop online and get thousands of items delivered to your door with christmascentral.com.

New Fall & Halloween Decorations to Help You Get Through the Final Days of Summer

With kids back in school and summer coming to an end, it’s time to spruce up your space with new decor. It’s time to grab a pumpkin latte, add some chili to the crockpot, and turn on a football game (Go Bills!). Capture the beauty of fall with new decor and get that Halloween spirit in your home with fun and spooky decorations. Our store managers have suggested a few products that they believe you will love. How will you decorate your home this fall?

Cinnamon Brooms – $5.99

Bring home that fresh scent of fall with cinnamon brooms. Display this beautiful decor piece against a wall or on the mantel or keep in an entryway to greet your guests with the crisp smell of cinnamon. It’s a classic addition to any home or business.

Hay Bales – $5.99/ea.

There are so many things you can do with Hay Bales! Picture having two or three bales of hay on your front porch with a few pumpkins, corn stalks, and mums on them. It’s the perfect way to add charm to your home throughout fall. At these low prices, it will be an easy way to add a rustic or country vibe to your front porch or outside decorations.

Fall Mums – $8.99/ea

Fall is the perfect time to use some beautiful hardy mums for decorating around your home. We hate to move on from the look of beautiful summer gardens, but mums are a great way to add some pretty flowers to your home in the fall. Plant them outside or add to a decorative pot from Dave’s and you’re all set for fall.

Outdoor Inflatable Animated Witch Decoration – $149.99

Go big for Halloween this year! Turn your home into a little haunted house for those trick or treaters with this spooky inflatable flying witch for your front yard. Animated decorations or animatronics are a fun way to get into the Halloween spirit. This is the ultimate outdoor Halloween decoration for any home!

Halloween Gravestone Decorations – $29.99 to $39.99

Blow molds are among our most popular items. We have zombie gnomes, ghosts, gravestones, and more available. These Halloween decorations sell quickly, so get yours today!

Kid & Adult Halloween Costumes – 50% Off

What’s one of the best parts about Halloween? The costumes! We love seeing the creative, scary, and fun costumes kids (and adults) wear on Halloween. At Dave’s, we have costumes perfect for any age 50% off. From pumpkin costumes for toddlers to witch costumes for young adults, we have you covered on costumes. Come check out all of our costumes at any of our stores including our Halloween pop-up stores!

As you get ready for fall, we want to help you bring all that fall provides us with to your home with beautiful home decor and holiday decorations. Our store managers are here to help you find the perfect items for your home this season. Stop by any of our stores including our pop-up stores (for Halloween items) to get what you need for this fall!

How to Create a Perfect Haunted House

To make a perfect outdoor Halloween display, you’ll need the right combination of spooky and fun. Dave’s Christmas Wonderland is a Halloween Superstore this time of year, with tons of new and exciting products coming in regularly at all of our locations. From costumes to indoor decorations to lights to animated displays, Dave’s has it all. Our store managers share a few of their favorites so far.

Halloween Ghost, Pumpkin, and Bat Kid Figures – $29.99 (set of 3)

Back by popular demand! Welcome your guests this Halloween with some charming Halloween kid figures. These standing figures in orange, white, and black go with any Halloween decorations. Let them greet the trick or treaters as they come walking up to your front porch on Halloween night. Bring a festive touch into your home during Halloween with decorations like these!

Cute 36” Lighted Black Cat or Ghost Decorations – $49.99 Each

Who’s ready to make their front yard look perfect for Halloween? Let a spooky black cat on a pumpkin or a few ghosts turn your front yard into the ultimate Halloween display. These outdoor decorations will capture the attention of your neighbors as they drive by, especially at night when they light up. Add these black cat in a pumpkin or ghost with a tophat outdoor decorations to give those trick or treaters something to look at before coming to your front door!

Don’t Fear The Inflatable Reaper – $39.99

Greet your guests in style and with a little scare factor with an inflatable reaper in your front yard. Bring a fun and spooky Halloween touch to your yard with this 4’ lighted skeleton reaper. This is a great decoration to welcome those trick or treaters in your neighborhood. Just be sure not to scare them away!

Classic Black & Orange Globe Lights – $24.99

The final touch to any Halloween display,  classic globe lights in orange and black are the perfect way to decorate your home inside and outside. If you prefer, you can also find orange mini lights, purple mini lights, and lighted Edison bulbs. All of these lighting options will show off your Halloween decorations.

Let Your Halloween Animated Butler Hand out the Candy – $69.99

Have your own animated Halloween butler decoration give out candy to trick or treaters and watch them be amazed. This butler’s head moves, eyes light up, and will play eerie sounds as he gives out the candy. Trick or treaters will never forget your house after getting candy from this scary Halloween decoration. This will definitely stand out amongst neighbors’ decorations.

It may only be September, but we can’t wait to see all those scary and festive Halloween decorations come out. Our store managers are here to help you find those perfect decorations for you this Halloween, so stop by soon!

Popular Halloween Products Suggested By Our Store Managers

Summer is fun, but fall in Buffalo is even better! Who doesn’t love the crisp air mixed with sunny days, pumpkin everything, and a holiday that’s fun for kids and adults? At Dave’s, we have some new decorations for Halloween that you won’t want to miss. We get in new Halloween all the time, so check your closest store to see all we have for a spooky Halloween!

Halloween Lighted Canvas – $8.99 – $19.99

Bring a few spooky decorations into any room in your home with lighted Halloween-themed canvases. Choose from a variety of different designs including scary pumpkins or black cats. Simply add your batteries, switch them on, maybe surround them with a few of our LED candles (or pumpkin spice candles), turn out the lights and tell some scary stories.

Spooky Skeleton Blinks Red Eyes $14.99

Creating that perfect Halloween display starts with the ultimate decorations. Paola, our Niagara Falls store manager, thinks this spooky skeleton with blinking red eyes is the perfect Halloween decoration for any home. This is the perfect party piece. If you love Halloween, this is a must-have!

Buried Alive Skeleton – $19.99

Blane, one of our store managers, believes this would look great climbing out of anyone’s front lawn. This is the perfect Halloween decoration that will complete the look of your outdoor Halloween display. Just add a few of our RIP tombstone decorations and some cobwebs, and you’ll be sure to spook your guests.

Pumpkin Silhouettes – $9.99

We all know pumpkins are an iconic decoration for Halloween. A lighted pumpkin window decoration is a great way to add some festiveness to a business or your home. It’s an easy way to decorate an apartment, as well. These classic decorations never go out of style and are perfect for someone looking for a cute way to decorate for Halloween.

Halloween Reapers – $14.99

These Halloween reapers will help turn any home into a horrifying haunted house. Let these scary reapers with skeleton fingers bring that Halloween spirit into your home. Place them next to a few skull-head tabletop decorations for that perfect indoor Halloween look. Give your trick-or-treater’s an unexpected scare if you hang them on your front door.

As summer comes to a close and fall approaches, it will be time to take out those Halloween decorations. We hope these few decorations our store managers suggested will look great at your home this year!

Tasty DIY Halloween Treats to Try

Halloween treats
Halloween is just a couple weeks away. We’re sure by now you can’t wait to put on a costume and head to your party. Don’t show up empty handed! Instead, try out one of these fun and creative Halloween-themed dishes!

Mummy Dogs:

Who doesn’t like hot dogs? Anyone can easily grill up some dogs, bring a bag of buns and call it a day. But with just a little extra effort, you can transform generic hot dogs into these tasty mummy dogs. Wrap crescent rolls around the hot dogs as bandages, leaving enough room at one end for a face. Bake until the dough is golden brown. After they’re out of the oven, use mustard to draw the eyes and you’re good to go!

Evil Eye Deviled Eggs:

Deviled eggs are always a nice healthy snack option, and can be a great dish to bring for parties. Put a little Halloween spin on your deviled eggs by adding avocados(or green dye), black olives and red food dye to turn them into scary evil eyes!

Terrifying Taco Dips:

You can never have too many dips at a party. Make your dip stand out from the bunch by making it Halloween themed. Cut and bake tortillas to make tombstones and turn your dip into a spooky graveyard, or use chips and black olives to transform your dip into a Jack-O-Lantern!



Sinister Sweets:

Don’t forget about dessert! Put a fun little spin on one of your childhood-favorite desserts with these Halloween themed ideas! You can use green food coloring, melted chocolate and candy eyes to turn normal Rice Krispies treats into little Frankenstein’s. Or for an even easier dessert, drizzle some white icing on top of brownies to make some spider webs




Do you have any simple Halloween dishes that you like to make? Let us know in the comments below!

Trick-Or-Treat Safety Tips

Halloween safety

Trick or treating on Halloween is a fun experience for you and your kids to share. But cranky, tired, and over-excited kids can sometimes lead to safety issues.  Here are some kids to help keep you and your kids safe and make your trick or treating experience go as smoothly as possible.

Check the Weather:

Kids are going to be outside for a few hours, so make sure they are dressed accordingly. Of course, your child wants everyone to see that cute costume, but if it’s going to be cold, think about having your child put a sweater on under their costume. Add leggings, and maybe some waterproof boots or thermal underwear, hats, and gloves to keep your kids comfortable for a long night.

Stash the Fancy Footwear:

Children are going to be walking around for hours, so make sure they put on the right pair of sneakers to avoid blisters and other foot problems. Also, make sure the costume isn’t too long and there aren’t loose pieces attached. A costume that’s too long can cause a kid to trip and fall, and loose articles of clothing can get caught on branches, bushes, etc. Also, make sure that any mask or makeup they have doesn’t obstruct their vision.

Plan the Route Ahead of Time:

Planning out a route will help children know where they’re going in case they get separated from the pack. It is also a good way to make sure that your child crosses as few streets as possible for their safety. Maybe do a practice run with your kids so they are familiar with their route. Of course, having an adult or two present should help keep kids from getting lost.

Light up the Night:

If your child will be out trick or treating after dark, be sure to add reflective tape to their costumes or have them bring a flashlight, glow stick, etc. with them. Even the most careful driver can have trouble seeing at night, so make sure that your child stays illuminated for their own safety.

Keep Your Eyes on the Road:

On the same note, if you’re going to drive during the trick-or-treating hours, be sure to pay attention! Expect the unexpected. Many pedestrians will be hard to see, and with their masks on they might not even see your car coming. Keep your eyes on the road, stop at each cross walk, and be sure to look both ways before taking your foot off the brakes.

Check the Candy:

Finding razorblades and needles in Halloween candy is rare, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t check the candy anyway. Go through your kid’s collection and throw away any candy that is unwrapped or has a broken seal, as these can be unsanitary or dangerous.

Stay safe out there and have a Happy Halloween!

5 Fall Decorating Ideas

Fall has arrived! Not only is it finally time to break out the flannels and the apple cider, but it’s also a great time to get creative with your home decor. Here are a few fall decorating ideas for you to try this season:

Table Decor:

A table centerpiece is a great way to transform a space! We have a great selection of artificial floral centerpieces to choose from. Place these on a dining room table or end table and let them bring a fall feel to any room.

Fall Table Decor

Fresh From the Garden:

One of the best parts of fall is the colors, and our garden centers are the place to go to lively colored fall plants! Our selection of pumpkins, hay bales, fall squash, mums and other natural fall decorations will make it easy for you to design your autumn theme.

Fall Garden

Wreaths and Garland:

Don’t think of wreaths and garland as Christmas specific decorations! Wreaths and garland are a great way to decorate your home for fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving!

Fall Wreaths

Get Cute With Your Halloween Decor:

While spooky Halloween decorations tend to only be brought out around Halloween time, cute Halloween decor can be used all season long! We have a great selection of cute Halloween decor available like these costumed dog figurines and pumpkin jars.

Halloween Decor

Autumn Lanterns:

A great decoration for autumn is to fill up a decorative lantern. Add in some mini-pumpkins or candles to complete the look. This simple and versatile fall decoration is perfect add some curb appeal outdoors or to be used as part of a table centerpiece!

Fall Lantern

Dave’s has everything you need for fall decor and more. Stop by one of our locations today!

4 Haunted Places in Buffalo

Haunted Places in Buffalo

Halloween season is the perfect time to get a little spooked. There are plenty of haunted houses to walk through and scary movies to watch, but what about real haunted places? If you’re someone who believes in the paranormal, Buffalo, NY has a number of haunted spots available. Take a look at our list below for some great haunted places to check out.

Richardson Olmsted Complex:

With its gothic architecture and history as an abandoned asylum, many stories have been told of strange noises and sightings at the Richardson Olmsted Complex. Closed in the 1970s, through the years it became derelict and severely damaged, but eventually plans to rehabilitate the building came through. Today the main part of the complex has become Hotel Henry, a hotel and conference center, but many claim to still hear screaming and moaning from the abandoned sections of the complex!

Book a room and stay overnight at the hotel to see if anything appears, or take a walk around the complex to see the outside of the abandoned wings. There are also in-depth tours available.

Richardson Olmsted Complex

Buffalo Naval & Military Park:

The Buffalo Naval & Military Park is home to several decommissioned Navy vessels, three of which claim history of the paranormal. For example, the USS The Sullivans was named after the five Sullivan brothers who were killed during World War II. Some believe that their spirits linger in the park. Not to be outdone, many have also noticed strange occurrences aboard the USS Little Rock and the USS Croaker. Some guests claim they’ve heard phantom voices and footsteps.

Buffalo Naval Park

Central Terminal:

The Buffalo Central Terminal is also known as one of the most haunted buildings in Buffalo. Originally built in the 1920’s, the terminal was abandoned for decades and gradually began to fall into a state of disrepair. In more recent years, the Central Terminal has been restored and has been home to some exciting events. Even with its recent revitalization, claims of spirits still exist and ghost tours are still offered for those who are brave enough.

Buffalo Central Terminal

Town Ballroom:

Formerly a speakeasy during the prohibition, the basement of the Town Ballroom was used for gambling and illegal meetings. It’s been rumored that Al Capone even went there a few times! Today this venue is mainly used for concerts, but every now and then people hear sounds of gambling and parties coming from the basement. Some have even claimed to have seen ghostly apparitions!

Do you know of any other haunted places in Buffalo? Leave a comment and let us know.

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips & Times for WNY

Happy Halloween!

Stay Safe This Halloween!

Trick or treating seems like an easy thing, after all, you’ve been doing it since you were a kid right? Well, sort of. While some aspects of it have remained the same over the years, a lot has changed. You now have to consider elaborate costumes, smartphones, and new trick or treat times.

Before writing this post, I chatted with a few different parents. I asked them about the most common Halloween headaches and how to avoid them. I uncovered a lot of funny and usefull information. To help you have a seamlessly smooth holiday, I put together a list of pro-tips for Halloween night.

Prepare Before Getting Dressed

Consider everything your child needs to do before putting him or her in a huge costume. Think about things like dinner, juice, and bathroom breaks while your kids are still in reasonable clothing. There’s nothing worse than finally getting your son or daughter into the costume, only to hear “I have to pee”.

Research the Best Times and Plan a Route

Look up a few surrounding neighborhoods in your area. Consider going to a new location this time, if the times are better. For example, in Cheektowaga the trick or treat times go from 630-8. However, close by, in Lancaster and Depew, they go from 6-830. Tonawanda is a bit further away, but their hours are from 530-830! Check local cities near you and find the ones with the longest schedule. Most hours range from 530-9. Also, be sure to plan which streets you’re going to hit and how long it will take. This will help avoid getting lost or too tired before the fun ends.

Consider Costume Temperatures and Footwear

You want to ensure your kid isn’t too cold or too warm while walking around for a few hours. Comfortable shoes are crucial, even if you have to get creative in order to make them fit the costume. Avoiding blisters and sore feet is more important than looking perfect.

Stay Illuminated

Make sure you always carry a lantern or a flashlight with a group. Pedestrians are at a greater risk on Halloween. There are too many kids and their travel patterns are very unpredictable, so even careful drivers can make mistakes. It’s best to stay bright so there are no mishaps.

Keep Costumes a Sensible Length

Make sure you hem any costumes that are too long for your child. Also avoid dangling parts that touch the ground. They may look cool but they’re dangerous and they track dirt.

Check the Candy

Yes, we covered this in our post about Halloween Myths. There are little to no documented case of compromised candy. You don’t have to open every piece looking for needles. However, you should inspect the bag and check for any unwrapped candy. Unwrapped candy is unsanitary and if anything is easy to alter, it’s the unwrapped goods. Just say no thanks to anything that isn’t sealed.

Practice Extra Caution When Driving

As we stated in a previous paragraph, pedestrians are at a higher rick on Halloween night. Make sure you stop at each crosswalk, look both ways of course. You should also make sure you make eye contact with the driver so he or she knows you’ll be crossing. It’s just safer and better this way.

 

7 Interesting Facts about Halloween

buffalo wny halloween holiday storeWe all know about common Halloween facts and traditions. Jack-O’-Lanterns are named after a man named Jack. Trick-or-Treating used to be a way to control vandalism on Halloween night. You know, the usual facts we hear every year. However, there are some quite interesting facts that I just learned recently and I found them fascinating. I put together a quick post to share these facts with you. Read the points below and save them for some great Halloween conversation starters!

 

  • In earlier Trick-or-Treating customs, visitors would have to dance before getting their treats or goods. I think I’m going to try instituting this rule at my house this year.
  • Masks were made from animal skins and horse heads in past eras. Ohhh boy… no thank you. How happy are you that we live in this time after reading that?
  • Halloween was once as romantic as Valentine’s Day is today. A variety of traditions revolved around finding your significant other. Since everyone was out looking for his or her soulmate, people would mingle and get together on the idea of romance.
  • The mask Mike Myers wore in the movie Halloween was actually a $2 Captain Kirk mask. Somehow a killer wearing William Shatner’s face is much more terrifying!
  • The famous magician Harry Houdini died on Halloween night in 1926. That will be 9 decades next Halloween!
  • Silly String is illegal in Hollywood on Halloween night. Apparently it was so bad one year they had to set a strong penalty to discourage people from buying or using silly string during this time. The consequences are the same as littering, and they’re strictly enforced. Anyone caught possessing, purchasing, or using silly string is subject to a $1000 fine or six months of jail time!
  • A full moon on Halloween is as rare as it is cool. Unfortunately, we won’t have another one for five years. The next Halloween full moon will be October 31, 2020