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Well...I took a trip on over to Lowes last night to pick up a few things...I was surprised to see that they have already started putting there Halloween stuff out...They had a small isle of animated Halloween stuff and a few strands of outdoor Halloween strobe lights...They were still working on there Halloween section...

According to a store manager Christmas should hit many Lowes by the second week of September...

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I was in lowes over the weekend and noticed Halloween on display too. Also my lowes likes to store tons of merchandise on top of the shelving. They have a lot of Christmas stuff already in stock, just not on display.

Tim

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Sweet time to go check out Lowes now.

Same here, even though i dont need anything else, have to many already haha, you can never have enough though.

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I got excited after reading this post yesterday and went to my local Lowes.

Boy was I disappointed as they had absolutely NOTHING for Halloween anywhere in the store :-(

I guess it will be a while before the stores start stocking their fall merchandise here in Houston.

But, they are still loaded with a TON of summer garden items. I even strained my neck checking out the very top of all the shelves as Tim mentioned. Only thing I saw was .... more garden items.

Guess I'll have to keep checking back....

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We have a lowes that is 45 mins away that always has its Christmas display out EARLY. They will have all their inflatables out by first Sept.

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I just checked my Lowes and saw nothing christmas or halloween related. Are you guys seeing halloween in the same section as the christmas stuff goes in? I've never seen halloween stuff at my Lowes before.

The seasonal section was still full force summer merchandice and the upper storage shelfs were still piled high with grills and outdoor furniture.

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