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BOO — Halloween Gadgets– Very Scary

published on October 16th, 2012 . by Steve Greenberg

Halloween Gadgets on NBC’s Today Show—


Here’s more info on the products—  Essentially, it’s a black jumpsuit that allows users to stick on glowstrips. It glows in the dark, is incredibly durable, product testing was done with people running, dancing, trampolining, even swimming.  They make the suite for kids and adults—In past years I’ve worn a costume during my Halloween segment—but this is so far from the holiday and we are mixing in non-Halloween stuff that I’m not sure a costume is a appropriate—though I could wear this under my clothes and reveal it ?? Just a thought???

Tung-Toos—these are temporary tongue tattoos– Sick of handing out sugar-laden candy at the door – need an exciting activity for your Halloween party? Tung Toos are interactive, temporary tongue tattoos that deliver an explosive flavor punch and feature fun and daring designs! Super easy to use, each tat packs a powerful punch of sugar-free flavor, from zesty lemon to berry, watermelon and more. They come in dozens of cool designs: from creepy Halloween bats, mummies, cats and skulls to trendy phrases (TXT ME J, C-YA, L8R) to sports balls, peace signs – the list goes on and on. Tung Toos are available at Party  City, Kroger’s and other popular stores. Check ‘em out at


Haunted Toilet Paper Roll—Creepy Toilet Paper Holder Halloween Party Accessory – Fits standard-size toilet paper roll dispenser; motion activates assorted sounds; battery operated (batteries included). Creepy Halloween sounds, howling, screaming, moaning sounds


Glow in the Dark Toilet Paper



Necomimi Brainwave Cat Ears — The unfortunate part of cosplaying an animal is that you can’t easily replicate the twitching of a tail or the perking up of ears. This is true for a kitty Halloween costume or for furry fandom felines. As humans, we can only go so far in portraying the majesty of the cat.  Until now… Necomimi Brainwave Cat Ears let your ears show your thoughts, just like a real cat! Conceived in Tokyo and designed in Silicon Valley, these ears use research-grade brainwave technology. Slip on the headset and the ears will begin to move in sync with what you’re thinking. If something catches your eye, your ears will perk up. If you’re in the zone and enjoying yourself, they will wiggle. And if you’re chilled out, they’ll relax.  Necomimi Brainwave Cat Ears are fun for Halloween parties, cosplay, or just hanging around at home with your real cats


Sphero—a robotic cue ball that you can control with your smartphone–  but what could be fun is dressing Sphero for Halloween—check out Halloween video


Mega Stomp Panic–


This is the perfect accessory to any costume.  It’s an interactive toy that allows the wearer to sound like any one of 9 different things below.  A unique sound is triggered with each step and heavier steps (stomps) trigger yet another set of sounds within that category.  While the wearer is standing still, the Mega Stomp Panic provides appropriate ambient noise as well.  The Mega Stomp Panic is perfect for costumes or for just walking around pretending to be something else. Sound List:  0 Hydraulic Robot; 1 Splash; 2 Zombie; 3 Giant Monster; 4 Gunslinger; 5 Knight; 6 Pirate; 7 Video Game; 8 Mechanical Robot


The Caramel Apple Maker–   This tabletop appliance makes it easy to create sticky sweet candy apples without the hassle and mess of melting caramel on a stovetop. Available exclusively at Hammacher Schlemmer, the device’s stainless steel melting pot is heated by an electric heating element instead of a stove, so it is safe and easy to use with children. A warming setting keeps heated caramel silky smooth under a transparent lid between dunkings. The included divided tray rotates around the unit, so you can dip apples into chopped nuts, sprinkles, or candy without reaching across the pot or tangling its cord. The pot holds 14 ounces of caramel and has a cool-to-the-touch handle for easy removal. The appliance also melts chocolate for fondue. Washes easily by hand. Plugs into AC. 16 1/2″ L x 16 1/2″ W x 9″ D. (4 1/2 lbs.)  Price $79.95


The Indoor Flameless Marshmallow Roaster.– This is the indoor roaster that produces campfire-worthy toasted marshmallows without an open flame. Marshmallows are toasted over a stainless steel electric heater, making it safe and easy to use with children. Ideal for creating s’mores year ’round, the included divided tray holds a ready supply of chocolate, graham crackers, or candies for your marshmallow creations. Four included stainless steel forks hold marshmallows securely over the roaster. All pieces hand wash easily. Plugs into AC. 14″ L x 14″ W x 5 1/2″ D. (3 lbs.)


Fabrikators Skrub’a child size pumpkin cleaning gloves–They are pumpkin colored nylon scrubbing gloves with a jack o’lantern design that children can wear to clean the inside and outside of pumpkins to prepare them for carving. Adult size gloves are also available in carrot color, green for veggies and brown for potatoes. All gloves are made of the same material and can be used interchangeably. If you would like a sample I can provide one. (scroll down on the site to see the Halloween gloves)


From UNREAL—some UN-JUNK Junk food for trick or treaters— UNREAL™ Brands introduces five NEW, cool, better-for-you candies just in time for Halloween, including UNREAL™ 41: Candy Coated Chocolates, UNREAL™ 54:Candy Coated Chocolates with Peanuts, UNREAL™ 5:Chocolate Caramel Nougat Bar, UNREAL™ 8: Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Bar, and UNREAL™ 77:Peanut Butter Cups.  UNREAL candies are taste great and are offered at the same price as typical candy bars.  But unlike typical candy bars, UNREAL candies can proudly claim: No corn syrup, No hydrogenated oil, No artificial flavors, No GMO’s, No synthetic colors.  PLUS Responsibly sourced ingredients, including: Traceable cacao beans from Ghana and Ecuador, 100% sustainable and organic Palm Kernel Oil sourced from Brazil, Dairy from free range cows pasture raised without antibiotics or added hormones, All natural origin colors, coming from plants like beets, red cabbage, etc., 30% less sugar, 60% more protein and 250% more fiber per serving on average compared to the leading competing brands –Prices range from $.89 to $1.29 for individual bars and $4.99 for the family sized bags



Ipico is a new hand-held projector for iPhone or iPod touch that’s perfect for parents to show off spooky photos and videos of the kids all dressed up or to entertain at Halloween parties. Kids could also use the mini-handheld projector to blast scary pix onto homes and trees as they trick-or-treat

No cables are needed; simply pop-up the built-in connector on the ipico, slide your device into it, focus, and instantly project up to 50 inches on virtually any surface.

ipico has an MSRP of $129.99. For more details, visit, or check out the 3M Projector Sleeve at



1,000W Fog Machine –what better/quicker way is there to create a spooky ambiance, add to a boiling cauldron, or create a real life Harry Potter scene
Webcaster gun—cover your home in cobwebs – Whether you use this high powered decorating tool to cast webs over your interior decor, exterior decor, or even fasten two of them to your wrists as part of an interactive Spider-Man costume, it’s a gadget that is both fun and useful.

Ginger-DEAD Men Cookie Cutter–Gingerbread men are a delicious holiday cookie, but the ones you’ll make with this cutter have a twist. The cookie cutter we use, you see, cuts a wee little man shape out of your rolled gingerbread dough, while the other side presses a cutesy little skeleton into the surface. The finished cookie looks like a Gingerbread x-ray.  A GingerDEAD man, if you will.


Bubble Buttons—allow you to put a “costume” on your iPhone home button.  iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch—can all get dressed for the holiday . There are 10 different themed packs, each with six different designs and the MONSTERS and YUMMY packs are perfect for Halloween. Your thumb’s soul mate, these “stickers” are resin-coated, which gives them a bubbly feel that will change the way you look and feel and about the home button.


Personalized Treat-or-Treat Bags

Candy Corn Halloween Treat Bag Give your child a treat bag as special as his or her costume, one to enjoy year after year! Our fabric treat bag is sturdily sewn of quality plush, and decorated with embroidery and appliqués. The largest treat bag we offer, for ambitious trick or treaters! For ages 3 and up. ($12.95) Personalize for $6 more for an extra “spooktacular” touch!

Pumpkin Treat Bag  Forget stiff, bulky plastic treat buckets—this plump, plush treat bag is a treat to carry! And since trick-or-treaters come in all sizes, we think their treat bags should, too. For ages 18 months and up.

Spider Halloween Treat Bag Have you ever seen a trick or treat bag stuffed with more personality? Our smiling spider treat bag is made of soft velour and sized for little hands, so unlike bulky plastic buckets, it’s a joy to admire as well as carry. With six dangling stuffed legs and an appliquéd and embroidered face. For ages 18 months and up. ($9.95) Personalize for $6 more for an extra “spooktacular” touch!


The Zero Fog Blaster –launchs 2 to 6 inch diameter non-toxic fog rings that will sail to ten feet and beyond. Easy to use, they are great stress busters and with practice you’ll be able to create bigger and better rings. The Zero Blaster uses the same liquid that Hollywood uses in the movies to make special effects fog. Like a snowflake, each fog ring is unique, expanding at its own rate and traveling at its own speed. The Zero Blaster has an elastic diaphram that pushes a burst of air through a small opening. You can launch fog rings holding the Blaster still, but the rings will be smaller and travel a shorter distance. To create the largest fog rings, that will travel up to fourteen feet, follow the directions right here. Each Zero Blaster comes with three ounces of Super Fog-Ring Fluid (cherry scent), enough for more than 25,000 fog rings! Additional refills available as well. Requires 6 AA Batteries, not included.