Everything You Need for a Spooky Night In
Nights spent out on the town, inflicting mischief and mayhem, are to be celebrated during spooky season. After all, what are friends and family for if not scaring them? However, there’s something to be said about having a spooky night in to yourself. Infernal introverts, we see you.
The candles are flickering, the shades are drawn, and you’ve got your favorite autumn snacks on hand. Only the sounds of the children of the night accompany your quiet time — and, of course, the following items of curated creepy collectibles. Happy haunting!
A crucial item on any stay-at-home list is a good book you can curl up with. Getting lost in a book is just as enjoyable as getting lost in a monster’s labyrinth — and arguably much safer! But that doesn’t mean your book needs to be dull. Quite the contrary, actually. The stories you step into this season should set your blood pumping and put a shiver into your spine.
Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness Limited Edition will ensnare you with its inside look into the creation of Allerdale Hall, a home filled with gothic charm and spectral seduction from the film Crimson Peak. Bonus points if you take reading breaks by gliding up and down the hallway with a candelabra.
Next stop, Tinsel Town! Everyone knows the haunted hills of Hollywoodland are where monsters go to become stars (and where stars go to become monsters). In this frightfully fun board game, you’ll navigate the ins and outs of the movie industry as you scheme to make sure your monsters make it to the big screen.
The Creature Feature Board Game by Trick or Treat Studios is a game of strategy as well as creative vision. As the manager of Hollywood’s most famous monsters, you must devise a successful career and plan their every move. Like they say in the biz, the show must go on — and the screams must be collected!
It wouldn’t be a spooky night in without dabbling in the arcane arts. For that, we offer the Tarot del Toro: A Tarot Deck and Guidebook Inspired by the World of Guillermo del Toro. Take your fate into your own hands and find meaning among the cards. This 78-card tarot deck arrives in a collectible gift box and the art of Tomás Hijo, inspired by del Toro’s most iconic films, is absolutely out of this world.
Among the major and minor arcana, you’ll find cards like The Lovers featuring The Shape of Water‘s star-crossed duo and a Ten of Coins in ornate gears. Plus, a guidebook is on hand to assist in deciphering the cards and suggesting spreads to suit your queries.
A stay-at-home haunt is also a time for inner reflection, a chance to recharge your creative energies. Sometimes, the best way to reignite the flames is to admire the work of other talented creators. Look no further than Hellboy: 25 Years of Covers, a compendium of artwork from the Hellboy comics since his debut in 1993. Featuring full-page covers from the series as well as one-shots and Hellboy collections, you’ll have the work of Mike Mignola, Richard Corben, Duncan Fegredo, and others right at your fingertips. Go on, you know you wanna raise some Hellboy.
Even monsters need to keep their minds sharp, and a game of chess is just the thing to do it. Lycanthropes and bloodsuckers have long been at each other’s throats. With the Vampire & Werewolf Chess Set, you can finally settle the score between these iconic horror figures. Vampires cast in silver oppose a pack of darkened werewolves as they face each other down from across a glass chessboard. No matter who wins, the true prize will be escaping with your life.
As you dive deeper into your spooky night in, you might be feeling a little adventurous. And of all the macabre adventures to take, none are more impressive than Death itself. With the Court of the Dead: The Chronicle of the Underworld book, you can embark on a perilous path toward the Underworld, lined with breathtaking artwork and rich mythology. Guided by Malavestros’ narration, you’ll feel in your bones the enthralling allure of Death’s Court and the welcoming embrace of the Factions. Welcome to the Afterlife, dear mourner.
To accompany your scary snacking, you’ll need something to contain the bubbling beverage or potent potion you’ve concocted. This Hogwarts Decorative Goblet is a magically inspired choice, evoking the finery of the Great Hall at Hogwarts. The school’s crest is hand-painted, drawing strength from the virtues of each house, while the goblet itself is stone resin with a stainless steel insert. Whether you’re sipping Polyjuice Potion or something a little less hair-raising, this goblet will surely transform your collectible drinkware.
As you’re planning the perfect spooky night in, there are certain essential items you’ll need. And who said a haunted home couldn’t be cozy as well? If you’d like to continue your creepy collecting journey, check out these horror collectibles for the kitchen.
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