Your Guide to Building the Ultimate Horror Collection

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There’s never been a better time to start or add to a horror collection. We live in an age where keepsakes aren’t just based on our favorite slasher villains, they are life-like replicas that envision a respective design from an assortment of plot sequences from their time-honored films or shows. It’s quite chilling! So, in keeping with the excitement of buying horror collectibles online, here’s your guide to building the most gruesome collection of grim goodies. 

Collect items that bring you joy 

While it may seem like an obvious sentiment, many horror hobbyists will purchase prominent action figures or devilish living dead dolls simply because they’re popular. However, it would be a grand mistake to fill your crypt full of merchandise that doesn’t make you happy. So, since there are so many horror collectibles that are available to buy online, the only true investment would be horror items that encourage a cackle and bring out the charm of your adorning display.  

Memorabilia holds great value 

Whether you’re just starting to build your horror collection or you’re a seasoned shopper on nightmaretoys.com, when you’re looking to buy new horror collectibles online, aside from your desires, you should also consider grabbing hold of items that possess the potential to go up in value. While there’s a huge chance you won’t be selling your horror collection for years to come (or at all), there’s nothing wrong with collecting items that are considered exclusive this could mean that the relic was hand-painted, signed by a famous horror figure, or simply part of an exclusive series where limited quantities are available. The best part is that speciality horror collectibles aren’t as hard to come by as you may think, and if you’re looking to get your hands on a keepsake that’s bound to skyrocket in price, be sure to peruse our pre-orders category

Preservation is key 

If you want to join the ranks of serious collectors, then it’s important for you to keep your horror masks, plush, and props in a safe place. Those who’re hoping to keep the original packaging in mint-condition should consider purchasing a display case to keep dust and grubby hands away from your investment! After all, reselling items at a later date will be restrictive if the horror collectibles are damaged, decreasing their value dramatically. 

Remember to have fun

If obtaining horror memorabilia for your ever-growing collection has become a cost-consuming chore rather than a treasure hunt, chances are you aren’t chasing the right relics. Be sure to invest in demonic products that you’re proud to put on display, and as long as you’re still having fun searching for these eerie-sistable keepsakes, then continue to grow your horror collection until it bursts at the seams. 

What other elements have you considered as you’ve built the ghastly backbone of your horror collection? Drop a comment below to share with other readers.

How Can You Place Your Horror Collection on Display?

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By this time, you’ve likely accumulated a nest egg worth of devilish horror collectibles, however, the real question is how can they be arranged so that you’re able to fit bigger and better pieces of memorabilia in the future. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with amassing an impressive display of cursed horror keepsakes, but without a plan to organize them, your prized possessions will quickly go from collectibles to clutter. Below are some suggested ways that you can assemble your goodies for all ghouls to see. 

Frame your keepsakes

Some of your horror collectibles are likely more delicate and could become easily damaged if they got into the wrong hands. So, if you possess some boo-tiful, vintage accessories, it might be worth framing them to safeguard their graceful aging process. That being said, items such as horror movie Funko POPS! won’t be able to properly fit behind plated glass, so what type of keepsakes are we referencing? Depending on if you choose to go with a standard frame or shadow box, you’ll be able to immortalize items such as books, art prints, patches, stickers, pens, signs, and enamel pins. The best part is that since many of the above items are small, making them easy to displace, you’ll rest assured knowing that simply popping them into a frame will put your worry at ease and allow you to enjoy the sights and security of this protected display option! 

Cluster up a bookshelf

Who wants to be the collector who chillingly spaces out each item on the display shelf, when a bloodcurdling cluster is diabolically more appealing? Let’s get things straight, a cluster does not necessarily equate to clutter and if the items are beautifully curated, the collection will look hair-raisingly awesome! Just be sure to group similar items to give your display some gruesome dimensions. 

Unify your collectibles by their colors

While aligning horror collectibles based on genre or franchise is the moonlit way to categorize your relics, wouldn’t consolidating your items based on their color be an intriguing way to create an ornamental display? Whether you own horror action figures, little busts or horror movie Funko POPS!, check out just how impressive your collection can look when it’s sorted by the colors, patterns or textures within the products.  

Spread out your memorabilia around your home

The expression goes, “home is where the heart is”, which means that when you’re trying to sort out how to display your horror collection, why not simply have every nook and cranny of your crypt tastefully decorated with your horror memorabilia? After all, these keepsakes are the ultimate reflection of your personality. Hang a nifty beach towel on the wall to create a ghoulish tapestry effect, place some pillows on all the seating areas of your living space, and even keep delightful horror soaps resembling all your favorite villains near both bathroom and kitchen sinks. There’s no need to tame down your love of horror.    

Do you have tips to offer horror lovers looking to re-create their collectible display? Drop a comment below to share your tips with our readers.

All the costume essentials your dark soul can bare

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Since Halloween is just around the corner, it’s time to awaken your inner demons to select a spine-chilling horror costume for all your forthcoming frightful festivities. So, since it’s hauntingly possible that you’re stuck on the decision to dress up as a repulsive creature or a startling entity, as long as your unearthly spirit is bathed in darkness, Nightmare Toys has a costume that’s bound to make you cackle with ghoulish delight.

Scary horror costumes for sale

There are so many spooktacular options for horror lovers looking to achieve a scare factor. After all, how often can you dress menacingly insane, go out in public and passersby won’t even bat an eye? As ghastly as that is, how do you decide which scary costume to play devilish dress-up with?

While clowns are usually associated with cheap thrills, the American Horror Story’s Twisty the Clown costume is something nightmares are made from. Featuring a one-size-fits-all, white-puffed suit with red and yellow poms and a vibrant trim, you’ll be ready to get your creep on. Just don’t forget to grab yourself the mask of the dreaded carnival freak, with an intense special effect making the mouthpiece removable to expose the grim extent of his deformity.

If clowning around isn’t your style, how about “puppeting” around instead? Drape the apparel of the terrifying Saw Pilly Puppet costume and start informing your peers about the rules and instructions of their deadly games.

Funny horror costumes for sale  

Why is the rum always gone by the time you make your way to your ghoulish gathering? Well, that’s probably because you opted to dress as a pirate this Halloween and you’re taking your role as captain super seriously! Although if you’re the type of person who struggles to remember the basics of pirate lingo, maybe you’d prefer to break the ice at your shindig dressed as an inflatable pteranodon? You’ll look roarsome when you spread your wings for hugs and high fives.

Sexy horror costumes for sale

While the Halloween season is one of the best times to dress in gruesome costumes, it’s also the finest time of year to flaunt a sexy-inspired costume as well. Ladies, if a seductive nurse or provocative cat doesn’t make your costume cut, why not consider the charming allure of a Day of the Dead Senorita costume or simply pull your hair back into pigtails and dress up as a desired schoolgirl, outfitted as Wednesday Addams? Gentlemen, you can try to woe all the women in your Iron Man or gladiator costume ensembles.

Iconic horror costumes for sale

It doesn’t get more iconic than getting the opportunity to dress up as your favorite horror character, so why not take advantage of the next month by slowly preparing and adding to an out-of-this-world look? Walk the walk and talk the talk outfitted as the poltergeist, Beetlejuice! You can also choose to resemble Adam or Barbara rather than the comedic ghost.

Although, for those who want to cross the hair-raising paths between gruesome and time-honoring, perhaps you’d prefer to rock the dreams of party-goers everywhere spiffed up as Freddy Krueger himself. Don’t forget to add the mask and glove to finish off your killer costume!  

What horror costume with you be haunting and flaunting this upcoming Halloween. Drop a comment or a photo below to share.

Embellish Your Work Desk with These Horror Collectibles

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No matter how some may try, it’s often difficult to fully separate from work – it’s where we spend a great amount of time. Whether you need something to play with during a break, a trinket to entertain you while working (we won’t tell!), or simply just want to spruce up a mundane work area, there are plenty of horror collectibles that will appeal to your spooky soul.

Knockers, POP!, and Potato Heads

POP! and vinyl figures are perfect for dressing up a desk! You can put a singular icon, such as Michael Myers or Hannibal Lecter beside the pencil sharpener, or create a neat little montage of Walking Dead or Stranger Things faves (hey, mix them up together!) Set up “what-if” confrontations between POP! Cthulhu, Dorbz Pennywise, and Chucky, or Five Nights at Freddy’s characters up against Jack Torrance! And don’t forget to add some holiday sentiments to your workspace with Krampus!

If tabletop space allows, or you have shelving, the Freddy vs Jason Head Knockers are really cool! They’re over 7-inches tall, are intricately detailed, and work as great lightweight bookends if placed separately, or as a stand-out uniform centerpiece.

Do you have a no-nonsense work ethic, or handle your shift very Zen-like? Let bobbleheads express your serious side, such as the very stoic Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock (holding one of his birds), or everyone’s favorite bad-ass Negan, with his trusty Lucille. If you sit near a window, show off your appreciation for light-hearted killer humor, with the solar-powered Michael Myers or Freddy body knockers. You can also put up 5-inch Poptater Mr. Potato Head versions of these guys, but you may have to compete with colleagues and clients for a chance to play with these delightfully frightful toys!

Pens, Keychains, and HorrorNaments

There are more subtle ways to sneak creepy elements into your décor if you can’t display figures or considerably noticeable horror collectibles. Include a Leatherface, Freddy, Chucky, or Jason POP! Pen in your desk organizer or find spots you can dangle a keychain or HorrorNament from. Hang 3D Comic-Con Exclusive Lydia, Beetlejuice, and Sandworm keychains from magnetic hooks attached to your under-desk filing cabinet. Or for a little impish effect, prop the StayPuft Marshmallow Man and Nightmare Before Christmas Sally alongside your monitor. Likewise, our horror-themed ornament selections include the Jaed Demers Snowman, Kane Hoddet Casket, and Linnea Quigley Witch, for year-round embellishment!

Tell us how you add horror touches to your desk in the comments section below.

Tired of the Same Old Boring Holiday Dresses? Rock These Instead!

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Tired of the Same Old Boring Holiday Dresses? Rock These Instead!

With the holiday season in front of us, it can be hard to find party dresses that are not sparkly or otherwise Christmas-themed. While this time of year means there will be a lot of parties going on, it does not mean that you have to wear the same old boring outfits as everyone else. So, if you’d rather stay true to your style and stand out from the crowd, try these horror dresses instead.

Devil Made Me Do It Skater Dress

Devil Made Me Do It Skater red Dress

This dress is a beautiful vibrant red, with a design more interesting than the typical skull motif, as it features devil faces, tridents, and pentacles, among others. With three-quarter length sleeves and a flared mini-skirt, it’s easy to move in. If you’re likely to be outside and cold, you could combine it with the matching leggings, or contrast it with these crossbone leggings if you’re worried about too much red all at once (is that a thing that people worry about? Well, just in case it is, you’ve got options). This is a great dress to choose when you want to stand out, and put your love of horror on full display.

Spiderweb White Skater Dress

Black Spiderweb White Skater Horro Dress

With a simple and classic design, this spiderweb dress is a great choice if you’d like to show your individuality without standing out too much at the office holiday bash. Or, if you don’t feel like fitting in at all, for something even more unique, you can accessorize with some pretty cool jewelry, not to mention matching leggings (which are also subtle but beautifully different). Featuring three-quarter length sleeves, a sweetheart neckline, and an eye-catching spider-skull on the chest, this horror dress is beautifully distinctive and sure to catch eyes everywhere.

Thursdays Poison Flare Dress

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At first glance, this dress might look ordinary from the back but get a bit closer, and you’ll notice the unique spider web collar. From the front, the collar is on full display, combined with skull buttons down the front, and ‘Poison’ written on the chest. This dress combines some fun elements, with skulls and spiders working together to make a great design. You could add a final element of bats, with a pop of color, if you’d like some extra coverage in winter weather. A classic style and shape with a one-of-a-kind design, this dress is sure to be noticed, no matter where you go, making sure that your uniqueness is unmistakable.

What are some of your favorite holiday looks? Share them with us in the comments section below!

Halloween Safety Tips

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Halloween Safety Tips

As Halloween approaches, we’re all starting to make (or finalize, for the keener ones) our Halloween plans. And while Halloween is a fun holiday, with loads of room for creativity and excitement, it’s also a good time to reflect on some safety precautions, so that this fun night doesn’t turn into a real-life horror movie.

Caution When Driving on Halloween Night

One of the biggest parts of Halloween is trick-or-treating, something that kids of all ages look forward to for days or weeks. However, there are more children run over by vehicles on Halloween than any other night in the year. So, if you’re driving, make sure to go slowly and pay special attention to the road. Be aware that children will be wearing costumes that might not be super visible in the dark, and be especially careful that there are no stragglers from the groups.

High-Visibility Clothing

As a parent, it’s a good idea to incorporate some high-visibility clothing into your child’s costume, even if it’s just a few small bits. You might be going with them, but you know better than anyone how quick kids can be in giving you the slip, whether purposely or not.

Brief Children on Safety

Make sure your children are well versed in the rules of the road. If you’re not going trick or treating with them yourself, give them a buddy system among their friends or siblings, and remind them of stranger danger. And going back to those costumes – not all costumes, or parts of costumes, are as easy to move in as their regular clothes. Even a flapping cape, or a long sheet for a ghost, could trip a child running across the road. Make sure those costumes are properly fitted, and that any loose parts don’t become a hindrance.

House Safety

Finally, don’t neglect house safety. Make sure pets are inside; they could become overwhelmed and aggressive with so many people around, especially if there are fireworks. Be careful of decorations, making sure not to overload electrical sockets or to put too many heavy decorations in an area where extra weight won’t be supported. And hopefully, it goes without saying, but if you’re hosting a party, make sure no underage guests get hold of alcohol, and order a few taxis at the end of the night if there aren’t enough designated drivers.

But above all, have fun! Halloween only comes once a year, and there’s a reason it’s such a popular holiday for people of all ages.

Did we miss any Halloween safety tips? Tell us what precautions you take in the comments section below.

Horror Movie Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas for Men

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Horror Movie Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas for Men

Halloween costumes can come in all shapes and sizes, from Humpty Dumpty, to Captain Hook, to a giant fried egg, if that’s what you’re into. It being Halloween, though, and the time for all things scary, why not go for some of the greatest villains in horror movies? They’re classic, they’re spooky, and they’re far more interesting than that skeleton outfit you’ve got hidden away in the attic. Consider some of these options, and then enjoy Halloween the way it’s supposed to be enjoyed – by terrifying people when you jump out of a dark alley.

Michael Myers, Halloween

It’s Halloween, so let’s take our first piece of inspiration from the Halloween series. Michael Myers is a classic and easy to put together costume for the more low-maintenance among us. This costume really just needs three things: a mask, a dark-colored jumpsuit, and a prop machete. With minimal effort, you still get maximum effect, as you channel the terror that is Michael Myers. This costume is creepy and horrifying, and sure to get some compliments. Pro tip: if you really want to go all out for the creepy factor, just add a bit of fake blood to the knife.

Freddy Krueger, A Nightmare on Elm Street

This is another of the Halloween costume ideas for men that is straightforward and classic. With a striped sweater, a hat, a mask, and a hand prop, you can really get under the skin of one of cinema’s most enduring villains. There’s a reason there are so many movies about Freddy Krueger, and that reason makes him the perfect costume for Halloween.

Hannibal Lecter, The Silence of the Lambs

Once again, a mask is the main ingredient in this costume idea. What can I say? Some of the greatest horror movie villains wear masks. It’s a theme. Anyway, complete this outfit with an orange jumpsuit, or even a straitjacket if you really want to go for it. Hell, you could even get your friend to dress up as a guard, who could wheel you around in a trolley. Actually, that’s a double win, as you’d have a kick-ass costume, and you’d get wheeled around all night.

Pennywise, It

We couldn’t do a post about Halloween costume ideas for men without including Pennywise.  If you really want to catch the current mood, then this one’s a no-brainer. It’s also pretty easy to put together, with since the Pennywise costume comes complete with a clown suit, a wig, and a character mask!

What are you planning on dressing up as for this Halloween? Share your Halloween costume ideas with us in the comments section below.

7 Great Elvira Gift Ideas

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7 Great Elvira Gift Ideas

The name Elvira conjures up images of the iconic Mistress of the Dark, whose unique mix of sexy, spooky, and funny has captured the hearts of fans for over 35 years and whose reign as “Queen of Halloween” is certain to continue for decades in the future. Since we all have that friend, or we may even be that friend, who is obsessed with Elvira, here are seven fantastic gift ideas that are sure to thrill the Elvira fan in your life.

1) Elvira, Mistress of the Dark DVD

Gift the pleasure of watching and rewatching the 1980s cult classic, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. In her feature film debut, Cassandra Peterson’s character inherits a poodle, a black-magic cookbook, and an old house in a small New England town where she gets a lot of attention from the more conservative residents.

2) Elvira Pop! Vinyl Figure

We are absolutely in love with this fabulous Elvira Pop! Vinyl figure. Fun and funky, in Pop! Vinyl’s classic stylized look, Elvira comes decked in her signature gorgeous long black dress and a mini dagger to boot; it is the perfect addition to any dark Pop! vinyl collection. Unfortunately, we ran out of the pop vinyl figure. However, you can try this Elvira Pop Key chain

3) Elvira T-Shirts

Gift officially licensed Elvira t-shirts, made in the USA. Choose from Elvira tees such as Dial E For Elvira, Elvira Go Go Ghoul, and Elvira Demon Wing, available in short sleeve, or Elvira Leopard Luggage, Elvira Headless Legs, Elvira Angel, available in sleeveless.

Looking for Elvira For President t-shirts? We carry them in both short sleeve and sleeveless options. For those who love the V-shoulder tee style, we suggest the Elvira American Horror t-shirt.

4) Elvira Glasses

This awesome pair of drinking glasses is an excellent gift for any Elvira fan. Featuring Elvira on the front and the logo on the back, the glasses come pre-packaged in a gift box, ready to be gifted!

5) Elvira Purses

“I have too many bags,” said no one ever! Choose from three fantastic options: the Elvira Mistress of the Dark official zombie handbag, the Elvira Mistress of the Dark official purse, and the Elvira Black Cat Purse Bag, all three by Kreepsville. These amazing purses are roomy and feature a satin lining with an inside zip pocket, two smaller open pockets, and the Kreepsville signature coffin zip pull.

6) Elvira Coffin Beach Towel

A perfect beach accessory for the summer, this soft feel, giant size Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, coffin-shaped beach towel by Kreepsville is sure to get noticed at the beach.

7) Elvira Book

For book lovers, we suggest the Elvira, Mistress of the Dark Hardcover Book. Packed with over 300 photos and exclusive commentary by Cassandra Peterson, it’s guaranteed to delight any Elvira fan.

What other thoughtful Elvira gift ideas do you have? Let us know what we should add to our collection by commenting below!

The Ultimate Goth Checklist for a Day at the Beach

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The Ultimate Goth Checklist for a Day at the Beach - How to Be Goth at the Beach

Yes, you read that right! With summer in full swing, we’re sharing with you the ultimate goth checklist for a day at the beach. If you think that goths spend their summer days sorrowfully lamenting the sunshine, think again. While a gothic persuasion does imply a bit more preparation than that of your typical beachgoer, there is no reason for goths to deprive themselves of the beach. So, without further ado, here are a few tips on how to be goth at the beach:

1) High SPF Sunscreen

To enjoy the warm rays of the sun without sacrificing your beautiful, porcelain skin, pack the highest SPF sunscreen that you can get a hold of. Think SPF 50 or greater. Apply liberally both before and while at the beach to maintain your gothic complexion.

2) A Parasol

Regardless of the strength of the sunscreen, one can only endure a limited amount of time in direct sunlight, so an indispensable tool to help you protect your skin is a parasol. Not only will it prevent you from overheating, but it can also double as a stylish beach accessory.

3) A Book

There is nothing quite like getting lost in a captivating gothic novel or fantasy while relaxing at the beach. If you’re not sure where to start, we recommend Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, available in hardcover format on our website.

4) Appropriate Clothing

What you pack in terms of clothing or what you wear will depend on whether you’re planning on taking it easy under your parasol or frolicking in the water. To keep cool, wear a light tee, in your favorite shade of black, of course.

5) Beach towel

We’re not talking about your generic, run-of-the-mill beach towel littered with pictures of tropical flowers and flamingos. Instead, chill out to the max on these fantastic coffin beach towels that ooze darkness and mystery.

6) Games

Sure, they may bring on stares from onlookers, but one has to pack lifestyle-appropriate entertainment even if they are a touch unconventional to most. Plus, who says you have to fit in at the beach?

7) Food and Drinks

Goths get hungry too, so make sure to pack ample snacks and drinks along to stay nourished and hydrated throughout your day. Skip the garden-variety beach totes and opt for these seriously cool purses and this badass lunchbox.

Do you have any other tips for a day at the beach? Share them with us by commenting below.