Monday, October 3, 2011
Halloween Fireworks? Taking a look at the Phantom-Brand "Halloween Bag of Tricks"
In October, my grocery store is always a dependable venue for the Halloween basics: candy, typical decorations, pumpkins ---and then they'll have one obscure item.
The Phantom-Brand "Halloween Bag of Tricks" was 2009's black sheep--- which means I had to buy it. And I did. And I held onto it. For a special time.
That time is now.
Take a look at the packaging scan.
Three sets of Halloween things. So much possibility. So much promise.
Let's start with the bottom and work our way up.
The box itself is orange with a black haunted house silhouette and some flapping bats.
Opening the box I realize that they're just "Snappers." Those little white tissue paper twisted things, packed in sawdust that, when dropped or thrown, make a snap noise on impact.
Same ol' snappers... different box.
What could they have done different?
How about black, white and orange tissue paper?
Or green, purple and orange tissue paper.
Or how about orange tissue paper with little jack o' lantern faces on them and a little green at the top where the twist is (making a stem!)
THAT would make them "Halloween Snappers."
Nope. Not these. Just plain ol' white.
Hmmmm... this sounds familiar.
But, hey, the box is different.
Maybe the inside is too?
This box features purple Black Panther-guy again and a gray ghost on the left side of the box. Most noteworthy, of course, is the bright smiling jack o' lantern in the middle with yellow stars (or are they snaps?) twinkling around it.
I opened up that box and--- well, well, well and surprise, surprise: white snappers.
Not black or orange or any other Halloween color snappers.
They're essentially champagne-bottle-poppers that people tend to use on New Year's Eve... except pumpkin shaped.
My question of course was: would the tiny streamers inside be black and orange? Or perhaps have tiny bat or skull confetti?
Only one way to find out. -POP!-
(See pic left).
Nope. Plain ol' multi-colored streamers.
Fool me once "Bag of Tricks"... wait... I think I get it now.
I purchased something called "Halloween Bag of Tricks" and that's EXACTLY what I'm getting. Huh. Brilliant.
As for a review: the product worked well.
The snappers snapped. The poppers popped. The packaging was attractive and Halloween themed. Grade: A.
As for it's "Halloweeniness," though the outside of the packages were Halloween-themed, the interior products were just the same snappers and poppers you can find around New Year's or the 4th of July. Grade: C+.
As I mentioned, these were purchased during the 2009 Halloween season and I've never seen them again so I don't know if they were a test-market thing, or if it was the random thing that Kroger decided to order in amongst their Halloween wares.
Question for the readers: Have you ever seen this product or a similar one?
How about you or your kids ever received these types of noisemakers in your trick or treat bags?