Creator / Grandin Road
Grandin Road is an upscale home decor company that sells products for every time of the year. However, they're perhaps best known for their "Halloween Haven" line of products that ranges from animated props to room decorations. Each year, Halloween Haven has a video that showcases many of their decorations. The props they choose to carry are usually campy and fun or elegantly spooky. Therefore, gory props that are straight-up Nightmare Fuel
are not to be found in their assortment.
Compare and contrast with Spirit Halloween
, which specializes in Halloween only but frequently carries the same decorations from the same providers.
Tropes exhibited by Grandin Road include:
- Abhorrent Admirer: The Ghostly Bride seems rather determined to find a new groom. This is acknowledged in the "auditions" videos.
- Black Comedy: Many of the props tell jokes like this.
- The Bluebeard: The Ghostly Bride's husband was this.
- Classical Movie Vampire: Both of the rising coffin vampires, and the vampire family figures.
- Creepy Changing Painting: They once sold a few animated lenticular portraits.
- Dem Bones: They've carried a few reapers, and several skeleton animals. The Towering Macabre Witch is also skeletal.
- Demonic Dummy: Chuckie the dummy, who appears in the Ventriloquist prop and on his own.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Gitana the Gypsy. "Gitana" means "Gypsy" in Spanish.
- Early-Bird Cameo: They have a tendency to hide upcoming Halloween Haven props in promotional photos for their summer decor.
- The Ending Changes Everything: Into the Shadows is a video showing a woman's film while searching for her dog, Shadow in a haunted house. At one point, she seems to recognize a skeletal dog in a photo as her own, and gets worried. However, when she finds him and reaches to pet him, she turns out to be a skeleton herself, and Shadow was undead the whole time.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: A few of their higher-priced items use liberal amounts of glitter.
- Everything's Deader with Zombies: Surprisingly, zombies are not the most common type of Halloween prop.
- Expy: Jack the Giant Pumpkin Man is basically a classier version of Spirit Halloween's Pumpkin Nester, with less animation.
- Eye of Newt: Name-dropped by several of the witches, along with other typically "witchy" ingredients.
- Face-Revealing Turn: Tara doesn't even need to turn around!
- Haunted Technology: An old-fashioned version with the Haunted Typewriter. The keys "H-E-L-P" are repeatedly typed, while the paper moves back and forth, showing the same deranged message over and over again.
- I'm Going for a Closer Look: Several props invite you to do this before spooking you.
- Living Statue: The Velma and Evander interactive busts, and the Medusa bust.
- Losing Your Head: Heads Up Harry removes his.
- Mad Scientist: Dr. Shivers.
- Medusa: A bust of Medusa that comes to life with a few moving snakes.
- Mirror Monster: The Haunted Mirror taunts you from its realm and threatens to take you away forever.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: They've sold several props based on real musicians.
- Only Six Faces: All of the female static figures use the same face with different makeup to make them look different.
- Poe's Law: When they spotlighted the Scarewolf Rug prop in one of their photos of ordinary decor, there were several angry comments from people who didn't get that it was actually a Halloween prop.
- Pumpkin Person: Jack the Giant Pumpkin Man, and the Witch and Interactive pumpkins.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: All of their static figures have red LED eyes that slowly blink on and off.
- Red Right Hand: Half of the Spider Lady's face is missing, revealing a glowing skull.
- Shout-Out: The framed photos of their monstrous props on the stairs in Into the Shadows are almost certianly a reference to the "family portraits" in The Haunted Mansion's Corridor of Doors.
- Spiders Are Scary: The Spider Lady.
- Taken for Granite: The Stone Man and Woman seem to be. Perhaps it's no coincidence that they were sold alongside the Medusa bust in their year...
- Two-Faced: The left half of the Spider Lady's face is a skull.
- Updated Re-release: A few of the products they carried for multiple years went through visual or technical overhauls, like the Medusa Bust changing to have rotating writhing snakes instead of up-and-down snakes, or the talking busts changing from granite aristocrats to marble vampires.
- When the Clock Strikes Twelve: Subverted, one of the haunted clocks strikes thirteen.
- Wicked Witch: Several.