Incredible Halloween Village at Michaels

Halloween lovers everywhere, if you have never seen the Lemax Spooky Town collection at Michaels, find one near you and go there.

Now.

I am not kidding.

I discovered the world of Lemax Village collectibles only a year ago. They also make Christmas sets, but the Halloween village is sold exclusively at Michaels. Now I’m not normally the kind of guy that goes gaga for stuff like this, but the artistry and imagination evident in these pieces is hard to deny. There are a lot of options out there for Halloween village sets. They’re becoming more popular year after year, as is the dubious general trend of spook-icizing traditional Christmas decor. (More on that later.) By and large, the village sets are too cutesy for my tastes, but this — this is something different.

You will remember I spotted my first example of Halloween merchandising on July first this year. That was, not surprisingly, at this same Michaels location. Michaels has long been known for stocking early for holidays, but once you see their remarkable inventory you can see why they would be more anxious than anyone save Party City to get stock out on the shelves. In point of fact (and for better or worse) several other places beat them to it this year, with basically similar decor. But the Lemax set alone is a Michaels exclusive that makes any visit well worth it.

So come along with me now as we take a visual tour of…

Halloween Stuff at Michaels!

Michaels is first and foremost a crafts store, and while the Lemax set may draw you in, you can also find a number of other unique specialty items in that section. These range from the “sweet”, like the costumed pirate set and model candy shop shown below, to what I would consider more interesting and even nostalgic items. Depending on who you are or what you’re looking for, you might be tempted to pass this section by. But don’t. The Lemax village will still be there waiting for you on the other side of the store once you’re done here.

Come to think of it, that piece you wanted may go quickly so you’d better run over there right now and grab it, but then come back here and take your time perusing these curious bins. You never know, you may find hidden treasure.

As a Halloween loving geocacher, it’s hard for me to look at stuff like this without imagining how some of these might be repurposed as geocache containers. This brain, for instance, may make you think of zombies or mad scientists’ laboratories, but I’m thinking about ways I can slit that thing open and shove a cache log inside. And this is not the only item they sell with geocaching opportunities.

Stickers, paints, puppets, and paper!

Comically undersized trick-or-treat bags. We’re up to carrying king-sized pillowcases these days.

Wooly Willy Halloween variants!