The Nostalgic Whimsy of Blow Mold Lit Halloween Decorations

Do you have fond memories of Halloween from your childhood? One thing I remember are the plastic decorations people would put in their yard. These blow mold plastic creations started being produced in the late 1950s. Well, some of those decorations now sell for $1000 on eBay! 

Why do people love them so much? I have a theory. When people are stressed and dealing with uncertainty, as many of are now during the pandemic, some turn to happier memories, old-fashioned traditions, and vintage decorations. I think it gives people a happy sense of security. I still get a little nostalgic thrill when I see them in people’s yards.

Here are some fun ones. Most are about 3 feet or 4 feet high.


I learned something intersting on a website for blow mold collectors. Don Featherstone is the man who designed the famous plastic pink flamingos in 1957 for the Union Products company. He won the Nobel Art prize for his creation! He also  designed hundreds of figures, including Halloween ones, including Halloween flamingos, black ones with red eyes and fangs.




About Mary Fletcher Jones

Mary Fletcher Jones is a mom, teacher, and blogger. Her blogs include Autumn in Virginia, Cool Yule Blog and You Can't Make This Stuff Up, among others. She is also the creator of "Living Well With Autism," an online resource for caregivers of children, teens, and adults with autism and related special needs.
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