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ANY mold is better than no mold, and those sure look better (thicker and oranger) than the Wal Mart versions from a few years ago.

True..to a point, after a while the same mold will sell slower because it's been around a couple years. I personally think stores should toss it up every year. Keep things fresh every year.

Ah Walmart...I sure miss them carrying molds.

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How much they asking this year for those?

Has anyone put Strobes in them to reduce the neighbor complaints or blinding drivers? I ask because my Halloween display is close to the road and the neighbors house is pretty close. Don't want them complaining. I'm doing different Strobes this year so am trying to come up with ideas to prevent the above. :)

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Checked out the Space Coast Kmart and Orlando Garden Ridge this weekend. My Kmart also only had the huge pumpkin, $24.99. I did my part and bought one (even though I got one a couple of years ago at a garage sale for $1)! Unfortunately, of the 4 they had on the shelf, on 2 of them, the stems were seriously dented in, so much that I couldn't straighten them at all. So, my Kmart will only sell 2 of the 4 they stocked, and probably won't carry them again. The guy was stocking the shelves while I was there and said there weren't any other blow molds. :(

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At the Orlando Garden Ridge, they had the medium sized pumpkin for $19.99, the ghost on pumpkin for a whopping $39.99, and the ghost holding pumpkin (forgot to get the price). The first two looked good. But the ghost holding pumpkin was milk jug thin on the top half. I pushed in the cheek on one with the slightest touch (yes, it popped back out)! Some of them actually had vertical streaks across the face where you could see the varying thickness in the plastic.

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  • Gave out cheap pair of sunglasses out to neighbors to deal with lighting up blowmolds
  • once airlines pilots start to complain then ill worry, few years before that happens

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Checked out the Space Coast Kmart and Orlando Garden Ridge this weekend. My Kmart also only had the huge pumpkin, $24.99. I did my part and bought one (even though I got one a couple of years ago at a garage sale for $1)! Unfortunately, of the 4 they had on the shelf, on 2 of them, the stems were seriously dented in, so much that I couldn't straighten them at all. So, my Kmart will only sell 2 of the 4 they stocked, and probably won't carry them again. The guy was stocking the shelves while I was there and said there weren't any other blow molds. :(

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At the Orlando Garden Ridge, they had the medium sized pumpkin for $19.99, the ghost on pumpkin for a whopping $39.99, and the ghost holding pumpkin (forgot to get the price). The first two looked good. But the ghost holding pumpkin was milk jug thin on the top half. I pushed in the cheek on one with the slightest touch (yes, it popped back out)! Some of them actually had vertical streaks across the face where you could see the varying thickness in the plastic.

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Holy crap Elaine!! My Kmart probably has more molds in the back usually.

As for Garden Ridge...awesome!! I wanna go down there one day..

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Holy crap Elaine!! My Kmart probably has more molds in the back usually.

As for Garden Ridge...awesome!! I wanna go down there one day..

I might go back and check my Kmart again this weekend, but the guy stocking the shelves said all the boxes of Halloween decorations were out on the floor, and I didn't find any more with blow molds.

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FP, where is the KMart by us? Closest one I know of is by MacArthur.

BTW, there is a nursery near me, Starkie Brothers, that just started stocking GF molds. Have a bunch of Halloween ones, decent variety too.

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I might go back and check my Kmart again this weekend, but the guy stocking the shelves said all the boxes of Halloween decorations were out on the floor, and I didn't find any more with blow molds.

Mine usually has 2 on the shelf and if those sell 2 more appear. So...lol

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According to Kmart.com, Kmart's Halloween inflatables, porch greeters and lighted decor are all 30% off. One thing I sure love about Kmart, they run sales throughout the whole holiday seasons.

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According to Kmart.com, Kmart's Halloween inflatables, porch greeters and lighted decor are all 30% off. One thing I sure love about Kmart, they run sales throughout the whole holiday seasons.

Dang! Sure wish my pumpkin had been 30% off!

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Dang! Sure wish my pumpkin had been 30% off!

Yeah, I'm thinking of possibly buying another one this year...probably.

I just contacted my Kmart manager about buying blow molds for next year.

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K-Mart in Macon had all of its' Halloween up and a bunch of Christmas trees. No other Christmas items.

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K-Mart in Macon had all of its' Halloween up and a bunch of Christmas trees. No other Christmas items.

Yeah mine was the same way. Tons of Christmas trees.

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Did anybody notice the high tech molds at kmart? I saw them this weekend in the store (ironically they are on sale on-line with free site to store shipping) and thought they were kind of cool...Made in China though.

The pumpkin lights up and signs MJ's Thriller and the skull sings Ghostbusters.

http://www.kmart.com/totally-ghoul-singing-pumpkin/p-009W004315282001P?prdNo=5&blockNo=5&blockType=G5

http://www.kmart.com/totally-ghoul-singing-skull/p-009W004315282002P?prdNo=18&blockNo=18&blockType=G18

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Did anybody notice the high tech molds at kmart? I saw them this weekend in the store (ironically they are on sale on-line with free site to store shipping) and thought they were kind of cool...Made in China though.

The pumpkin lights up and signs MJ's Thriller and the skull sings Ghostbusters.

http://www.kmart.com...=5&blockType=G5

http://www.kmart.com...8&blockType=G18

Justin

They are a Gemmy product too. I took video of them and uploaded them on my Facebook. I like them lol

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