The 2021 Halloween season is approaching quickly, and the merchandise has been in stores since early August. So we’ve got to act quickly if we want these The Nightmare Before Christmas inflatables, wreaths, and displays in our homes.
This past weekend, we stopped by a local Lowe’s store and took some pictures of the varied merchandise from the classic multi-holiday stop-motion film.
The one that I shrugged at was the Dr. Finkelstein inflatable. His metal skull cap doesn’t lift to show off his brain. Instead, he sits there staring at you. None of these inflatables this year feature any motion mechanic.
It was also an odd choice to make the hill on the Jack & Sally inflatable purple rather than black. This matches previous displays, though. However, unlike last year’s versions, there’s not lighting effect inside of the hill. Anyway, I am glad that Sally is included more often in these. Gotta love that rag doll.
One wreath on display featuring zigzag ribbons, purple balls (heh), and purple lights. Unfortunately, these would require a little touchup once purchased because the paint on Jack’s eye sockets was scratched up. Nothing a $1 tube of flat black paint couldn’t fix.
I also snapped a shot of the 5′ orange pumpkin by Gemmy. Though it’s not branded as a Nightmare Before Christmas item, the design of the smile, eyes, and nose looked just enough like Jack to be passable.
The winner of the displays I saw was the smaller wire and mesh scene with Jack, Sally, and Oogie Boogie. The characters are depicted with a style that makes them extra adorable. Each character has its own separate light color making it pop more than the inflatables.
Strangely there were no projects this year for NBC. However, Lowe’s did have one for A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. Maybe those are exclusive to another retailer. We’ll check out Target as soon as the seasonal switchover finishes and see what they have. In the meantime, enjoy the photos.
Since the pandemic continues to disrupt the supply chain, the variety of NBC merchandise varies from location to location. Lowes.com has a much larger selection to choose from, but some are beginning to sell out.
Out of the 40+ pieces currently available, the three Lowes stores in my area only had around 10 or less. Considering how Halloween merchandise tends to disappear before October even arrives, you’d better start shopping now.
Which Nightmare Before Christmas displays are you looking at getting this year? Are there certain characters you think keep getting left out who’d make for great inflatables? Let us know in the comments.
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