#197 – Death And Marshmallows

Photo taken: October 13, 2017

In just the two decades I have worked in retail, I have witnessed the holiday decorations category explode into previously unchartered territory that just seems to be consumer overkill.  Light strands for Valentines Day?  Yep.  Patriotic masks for the Fourth of July?  Only in America.  Want a giant inflatable Jesus to greet the Easter Bunny on his big day?  I’ll bet it’s out there.  These holiday inflatable characters have been all the rage in recent years… and so it was on this subject that I happened upon these two seemingly mismatched, oversized lawn ornaments last October.  Big scary Death and the comparatively tiny Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the Ghostbusters movie.  I don’t think you’d need to cross the streams to defeat that puny little thing.  A stray lawn dart would probably save the world…

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21 Responses to #197 – Death And Marshmallows

  1. guess what? I would like to have such giant decorations…no one would snitch them like my beloved flamingo who was only for one night with me… I’m still sad… it had different clothes for different seasons… sigh…

  2. draliman says:

    I like the difference between the two, not just size but demeanour!

    • Yeah… Death is trying to be all forboding and evil in welcoming the visitors to Hell, while his sidekick is having a jolly old time and joking it up with everyone. I would imagine Death’s not pleased by Mr. Marshmallow Man’s joyfulness…

  3. crimsonowl63 says:

    I like the Death one.

    My friends had a Simpsons display once upon a time. Someone, one night, came and slit all the smaller inflatables and stole Homer. She doesn’t get them any more. Others, no problem.

    That is one cool display.

  4. Oh gosh – an interesting interpretation of Yin and Yang………LOL

    Pam

  5. this photo is too funny; makes you wonder if stay puff is saying…welcome dood, or… be jezuz get outta here !! 🙂 ♥♥

  6. Trisha says:

    I generally do not like those inflatable lawn decorations but I like that Death. It’s so huge and imposing! And so funny in contrast to the goofy marshmallow man. Great find!

  7. Those blow up cartoons always prompt me to wish I had a pygmy dart gun with me when I’m walking the dogs and come across them. Noisy little buggers, aren’t they?

  8. I think this one has got to take some kind of prize for astonishingly terrible taste combined with a kind of “je ne sais quoi” irreverence.

    • I remember when I was a kid, that was one of the houses that always went out of its way to decorate BIG every Christmas. Now that it’s considered trendy to decorate yards for EVERY holiday, I guess picking two random blow up monsters was a must…

  9. You are so right, and my country wants to have everything like in the States, our own traditional holidays are changing to Halloweens, Christmas lights all over the house and so on.

  10. Ladybuggz says:

    I think this “Trend” of blowups is ridiculous! Where I live people love to steal them…secretly hating them, chopping them up in little pieces and throwing them like confetti ! (So I’ve Heard)! lol… I have some Confetti for sale, want some?? lol..

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