Death And Marshmallows

A good way to keep the neighborhood hooligans off of your lawn.

This scene would probably confuse anyone who is oblivious to 80’s pop culture.  Giant inflatable Death as well as a pumpkin decoration?  Well, it must be Halloween!  But what’s up with the Michelin Man in a sailor suit?  Of course, that’s the well known “final boss” of the original Ghostbusters movie, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man…. who thanks to the wave of 80’s nostalgia that’s hit in the first couple decades of this century has now been welcomed into the cult of celebrated Halloween monsters.  This house has been putting out large, gaudy holiday decorations since I was a kid… at first only for Christmas since nobody went out of their way to decorate for Halloween until about 20 years ago.  It’s about a half a mile walk from my house, and the mailbox conveniently located in front of it gives me an excuse to get out on occasion and get from fresh air…. as well as continue to take weird pictures of the things I see on my walks…

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25 Responses to Death And Marshmallows

  1. maybe the owner of this house at 3 big bags with marshmallows once with a truckload of strawberries… and he felt he same like me after that … I agree marshmallows&death belong together…

  2. Piglove says:

    Oh now this is the coolest ever. The Puff Man being greeted by Death. Who would have thought it? Not a lot in our hood are decorating. I guess we are if you count the spider/web out front of the Hotel Thompson and the cobwebs inside – oops don’t tell mom I said that. XOXO – Bacon

  3. Trisha says:

    Death and marshmallows. They make quite an odd-looking pair!

    • It’s obvious that these decorations were purchased randomly. Maybe they should keep them up for Christmas and just add a giant blowup Santa or raccoon. Yes, we sell blow up raccoons for Christmas. I had no idea raccoons had anything to do with Christmas!

  4. This is too much fun. I’m behind on my decorating…Today…maybe today. And my neighbor has a giant ghost up so I have to put something out beside my two pumpkins. Oh well.

  5. Interesting choice of decorations – perhaps that lonely little pumpkin between the two is the homeowner’s way of making sure everyone knows the blow ups are for HALLOWEEN….and not a celebration of his employment at the local “discount blow up decorations” store?


  6. draliman says:

    I remember Mr Stay Puft being bigger.

  7. Ally Bean says:

    The inflatable seasonal monstrosities I see too often, but a mailbox in a residential area? I haven’t seen that in decades. Trippy, man.

  8. fanrosa says:

    My nephew (just turned one at the time) was the Stay Puft man for Halloween last year. Cutest monster of death ever! No, seriously, you know I don’t think kids are cute but he’s the exception that proves the rule….

    My mom thought he was Popeye…..ha!

  9. In town, we have a couple of people who REALLY get into Halloween. They have entire graveyards set up, with ghouls on the porch and corpses hanging from trees. I suppose it is more fun to decorate for Halloween. No complex religious issues!

    The stay puft guy is a bit weird, even though I’ve seen the move a few times too.

    • One of the houses near me had a young couple move in one September six years ago, and the first thing they did was go all out decorating the yard for Halloween. I think I’ve posted the picture I took of it before… but it was quite an undertaking (No pun intended). I thought it was curious that following that, they didn’t put up a single hint of a Christmas decoration… but it turns out they didn’t do anymore holiday decorating at all after that one time.

  10. It’s got way bigger over here in the UK too, again on the same sort of time frame. The shops are full of costumes and things. It’ll be another 5 years before the UK catches up with the decorating the house lark though.

    • It’s weird that trick or treating is slowly going out of style, while the Halloween holiday itself is actually increasing in popularity. I think that’s due to the fact that adults have kinda stolen the fun out from under the kids by turning out the porchlights and partying hard themselves…

    • Well….. that was interesting! I have no recollection of that song, even though I saw GB2 once (I even featured Bobby Brown’s “On Our Own” on a previous Dusty Vinyl Archive”). While this cover has its merits, I actually love the Jackie Wilson original too much to give even an 80’s-ified version of it high marks…

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