Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The After Halloween Haul! 2015

It's time for the annual After Halloween Target Haul! This time it will be Target, Michaels, and Walgreens for the most part, although I did find a few random Halloween goodies here and there at other stores. During October, I was eyeing the store shelves, planning my attack for after Halloween when this stuff would go on sale. What's funny is that at that time I wasn't tempted by much of anything at all. In fact, I wondered if I'd even have a haul to share this year!

How surprised I was to see all this great stuff unearthed after Halloween. It must have been buried or too small for me to notice before. The only things I'd seen in October and were considering were the little bottle cap stakes from Walgreens and the cute jack-o-lantern towels from Kohl's.

So you know how these sales go. Over the past week, the sales have gone from 50% to 70% to 90% off! Some of these finds were only 10 cents. Get on over to Target and see what's left, because when I was there I ended up with a whole basket full of stuff for 10 to 20 cents!

So, let's start with what I found at Target...

Another cool looking pumpkin for the collection. This one I scored for only 60 cents!

Little orange milk cartons which I think could make good treat containers for The Witch Party:

I'm not sure what to do with these felt stickers. There are scrapbooking possibilities.

They could also look cute stuck on the corner of a picture frame.

I haven't opened this package of stickers yet. It looks like there are quite a few on these rolls. They appear to be all different.

A little wood house that came with paint to decorate it with. I think this will look cute lit up with a little candle inside.

A felt pumpkin pen that will probably end up stuck in with a floral arrangement. 

This light bulb was $1.00, so it was worth the risk. I figured I'd like whatever color it ended up being.

It claimed to be purple, but it was actually more of a bright magenta. Very pretty!

In a lamp:

I think that color of light could also be neat for Valentine's Day.

Some cute treat baggies that could go with a Halloween or Day of the Dead theme.

It's sort of hard to see what they look like when they're layered in a package like that, so I just stuck a white sock in one so you can see the skull.

Have you guys seen those metallic temporary tattoos they've come out with? There are so many pretty ones out there. I actually adhered some gold ones to a few vases recently, and they turned out really well! I haven't tried any on myself yet. I thought these witchy ones were pretty cute. They might also end up on a craft project.

Some black chalkboard gift tags. They could go either way as far as being Halloween themed, but they were with the Halloween stuff and marked down to 10 cents.

A black crow hand towel embroidered with gold thread.

It would be difficult to tell what this tray is without the picture I left on it. This could be used year-round in my opinion. It looks like a chalkboard tray, with that "Boo!" shown on it. There are so many chalkboard covered things now. I don't know if you've seen those chalkboard markers at Dollar Tree in different colors, but they work well. They're for when you want something more precise than actual chalk.

Orange burlap ribbon that works well for fall in general

This is how it looks on one of the urns.

Bakers twine. I see this on crafts all the time, so hopefully I'll be able to think of some way to incorporate this into a project.

Raffia and jute twine. Like the baker's twine, this should be good for some craft project. 10 cents each!

A roll of crepe paper streamers

There were lots of stickers marked way down. Each of these sheets were 30 cents.

Fuzzy spider stickers

Glittery bat stickers

This is another one of those products that may or may not be Halloween related, but it was with the other stuff and marked down to 30 cents per pen. They call these white markers "galaxy markers". The gold one was just labeled as a metallic marker. I have no idea why the white ones are called galaxy markers, do you?

I just gave the markers a try and was really happy with how they write! You get a nice, fine line. The white galaxy marker gives a chalkboard look and the metallic marker is like a fine point sharpie. What a steal for 30 cents! I should go back and get more if there are any left. They were up in the front with that stuff that's normally $1.00 to $3.00.

The galaxy marker what "Justine's" is in and the metallic marker is the "Halloween".

You can always use a bunch of this black cloth. This black gauze is sort of like the "creepy cloth" I've been using.

I was so pleased to find this wreath marked down 90% to $2.00. I'd been eyeing it on an earlier 50% off sale and then found it at another Target shoved up high on an otherwise empty shelf. Woo-hoo! It's fun to get an amazing deal on something that's related to fall in general. Then you can use it right after you bought it.

A close up. The leaves are glittery burlap and are on wires you can bend, so you can sort of rearrange parts of this wreath.


This is one of the few items I'd been eyeing in early October and was happy to find after Halloween. It's a big bottle cap design with a glittery spider on it. The bottle cap is on a stake that I think would look nice stuck in a potted plant.

I pictured this one outdoors for some reason. Only 19 cents!

This might be my favorite Walgreens find. I did not even see these "vampire bite" tattoos during October. Aren't they pretty? You're supposed to be able to stick them on yourself - so you can look like either the vampire or the victim. You could stick one by your mouth or two on your neck. But I plan to probably use these for craft purposes, like I would any regular rhinestones.

This glittery e.l.f liquid eyeliner was in with the Halloween stuff, which I found surprising. Maybe the thought was that this could go with a fairy or angel costume. Anyway, I'd been eyeing this for everyday purposes earlier. It is so pretty under eyes! It gives amazing sparkle and really stays in place.

Leaf clings that nicely can be used through Thanksgiving. I'm holding them up here so you can see how the light goes through them. They'll probably go on a mirror, though.


I was a little surprised to find any Halloween stuff leftover at Aldi. This bright spiderweb, complete with six spiders, will probably make some good filler in a vase. This was 25 cents.


Here's another of the few items I was admiring through October and actually found on a shelf yesterday. Kohl's had a lot of cute and overpriced  towels. This set of two towels was a little over $4.00 even now! And that was at 70% off. So that tells you that they cost a little too much earlier. Still, they're super cute and $2.00 a towel is fine. After finding stuff for under a quarter, it just seems like a lot!


I'm starting to see Michael's as just as good a place to go shopping after Halloween as Target! They had so many great little things. This Happy Halloween sign is probably going to end up outside my little gnome door with some rocks I've painted to look like pumpkins.

Some cool chalkboard labels

Random crinkly stuff that can look cool inside of jars, vases, etc.

How cool are these little coffins? You fold them up to make treat boxes. This is another thing that could be good for Day of the Dead.

An adorable little skull bracelet which I'll probably wear year-round. This was 20 cents.

A glittery "moon dust" box that I think could work well for holding Halloween jewelry.

This tricky little burlap banner is actually a "kit". And not just in the way where you string it yourself. You have to either punch holes in it or somehow bend it back over the string and glue it down. I don't know what to do with it. Any ideas or experience with this sort of thing? Luckily it was cheap!

Cute little jack-o-lantern ribbon

A beware sign that will probably end up standing in front of that little wood house after I paint it. It's about the right size.

Pier 1

There was a tiny bit of Halloween stuff leftover at Pier 1 yesterday. I don't know what kind of selection they had this year, because I didn't make it in there during October. This bracelet is good for Halloween, Day of the Dead, or everyday wear.


I saved my most exciting find for last! You remember that cool witch mug someone brought as a gift to The Witch Party this year? Well I found a companion for it at Marshalls. It was buried under some stuff and had a toy stuffed in it. It was one of those times where you don't know why you looked somewhere, but you're glad you did!

I just couldn't have been happier to find this. It's the haunted house version of the mug. So there are silhouettes of spooky old houses, tombstones, ghosts, and trees. Here they are together:

And inside, one says Witches Brew and the other says Trick or Treat. One has little stars and one has little crosses around the inside edge. I'm thinking the little crosses are supposed to be like the little tombstones outside the houses.

Looking at these photos, it occurred to me that the "Trick or Treat" message probably goes with the series of houses. Like how the kids would be going to each of these spooky doors.

So there's this year's haul! I guess I didn't have to worry about not finding anything after all. :)

I've been enjoying seeing what you guys have found after Halloween this year. So far, we've all found different stuff! Let me know if you guys have experience with any of these craft materials or have some ideas on what I can do with them. You'll probably see some of this stuff in a new form around next Halloween!