Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Ornament Review: Happy Halloween! #4 - Vampire - 2016 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Creative pumpkin reveals a fun scene inside
Cons: Slight tip, some details can get lost in background
The Bottom Line:
Blood sucking pumpkin?
Creative execution
Of a spooky scene

It’s a Blood Sucking Fiend in This Year’s Pumpkin

Last year, I broke down and started Hallmark’s Happy Halloween! ornament series.  I just can’t seem to resist their scene within something else series (and they’ve got several).  Plus I got a kick out of the variations they had on the themes.  2016 gives us another wonderful entry.

This year, our little monster is a vampire.  In keeping with that theme, the pumpkin mouth, while wide open, has two fangs sticking down from the top.  The eyes are also slit a little and the stem from the pumpkin looks just like a hair on a classic vampire.  The pumpkin itself is back to orange this year.

Inside, we see a well rested vampire rising for a night of blood sucking.  He’s wearing a black cape and standing in front of an open coffin with red velvet inside.  The open coffin lid does get a little lost in the background, which are red curtains.  And this dark cavern is illuminated by two torches.

What really got me with this series is the way the pumpkin changes to match the monster.  I just love that creativity.  However, I’ve got to say that the scene inside the ornament itself is wonderful as well.  The details are a little harder to see, but they are there if you look for them, and I love that.

There is a nice, wide base, so you can set this ornament out as part of a display if, you know, you don’t have any place to hang your Halloween ornaments.  You’ll also find the 4 in a Christmas tree series marker down there.  (And I’m going to keep campaigning for a Halloween series to have a pumpkin series marker.)

If you do want to hang the ornament, you’ll find that it tips back a little.  It’s not too terribly a tip, but it is noticeable.  Of course, it if is going to tip one way or the other, better to tip back because it allows us to see the scene easier.

Wonderfully executed creativity is always enjoyable, and that is once again what we get with the 2016 Happy Halloween! ornament.  If you enjoy that holiday, be sure to check it out.

Be sure to check out all the spooky fun with the rest of the Happy Halloween! series.

Original Price: $15.95

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