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The Inflatable King Of Ohio

2018 blow mold sidewalk!

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10 hours ago, The Inflatable King Of Ohio said:

Not bad for only 6 moths of collecting! I’m up to about 30 total!

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Also not bad when you're the inflatable king!  That's a very cool setup.  Would Trick or Treaters go up this walkway to get treats?  I've always wanted to have a couple of the cat on a pumpkin 'molds but they continue to elude me.  I wonder if the actual mold survived the demise of Gen Foam...

8 hours ago, Scott Rob said:

Great looking set up!

Mine is below.

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Ok the second story porch is super cool!  I like the way you have everything evenly placed.  It makes it look great!  I see you also have the cat on a pumpkin which is fairly rare down here in the South!

TED

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Thanks TED some of my blow mold like cat/ pumpkin are my Craigslist finds from a few years ago. The cat/pumpkin and some Christmas TPI angle came from a guy that had moved down to Atlanta from New York. 

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Yes I went to GFP for Halloween blow molds since three years ago some guys in white van stole some of the blow molds / inflatables In front yard. Now every thing is security cabled down. I did get a lot more at GFP than I was planning. There a another string on here with my pictures when I went last October.

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We had a lot of trick-or-treaters this year about 400. The best was all the small kids that wanted there picture taken with the blow mold they liked it was fun. And we had about 8 family asked us to take there family photo in front of house.

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