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Seth Hartley

Lowes has Halloween out

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Just went to the Lowes by me and they have their little endcap Halloween section half done. They have an interesting looking hot rod/grim reaper/dracula inflatable ($99), the animated witch stirring the pot, and a stick tree w/ orange lights...

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I was at Kmart today & they told me next week for Halloween decorations.That store will have blowmolds according to the manager WOOOOO HOOOOOOO.Not many stores carry blowmolds around here :mad:

Stopped in at Michaels & they had some decorations,lights & pumpkins you can carve.

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Only bad thing is kmart will have the same two molds they have had for the last 5 yrs or so...GF ghost and a jack o lantern...

Maybe they will surprise us...a few select stores had a cut out face jack o lantern last year.

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nothing out in our lowes on the halloween stuff , but i did see the racks was empty in the garden section where they normally put out their christmas stuff, and i saw the build sheets for how they are going to set it up, so even better christmas stuff is getting closer and closer,

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I just hope ours has something ... anything

I asked the folks at HD last year about Halloween and they just kept saying "I dunno" until they started stocking Christmas stuff.

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I seen one of the lowes in TN has already taged there bins with christmas tags. one of the workers said the shelves had to be stocked by October the first.

I also seen one of the walgreens stores is putting some christmas items on the top shelves.

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we got the Witch stirring the pot last year and it is awesome! Motion activated and also has a remote microphone so you can interract with the children. They sold out fast.

Since the witch never made it to the storage room last year, it spent most of the year in the corner of our front room. My husband had lots of fun with Mother-in-law jokes. :D I think he liked it there.

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Just went to the Lowes by me and they have their little endcap Halloween section half done. They have an interesting looking hot rod/grim reaper/dracula inflatable ($99), the animated witch stirring the pot, and a stick tree w/ orange lights...

All these posts belong in "Heads Up". Heads Up is for posting availability and sales of merchandise. Announcements is for stuff like "Joe got a new job."

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Our local Lowes didn't have anything out for Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas. Said it would probably be October before Christmas came out. Home Depot didn't have anything out either. I checked on extension cords at both including WalMart, still regular prices. Lowes had the better selection.

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we got the Witch stirring the pot last year and it is awesome! Motion activated and also has a remote microphone so you can interract with the children. They sold out fast.

Since the witch never made it to the storage room last year, it spent most of the year in the corner of our front room. My husband had lots of fun with Mother-in-law jokes. :D I think he liked it there.

We saw it saturday night at lowes.That is 1 awesome witch.

Bought the pumpkin patch inflatable though.My grandaughter says (1 of them is missing on that 1 Maw Maw :eek:) I name characters after each of our family of 5 :giggle: so will need to get 1 for brother she says.No worries girlie Maw Maw has a plan ;)

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