Halloween Tips and Tricks

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Halloween decorations for the most part are already up everywhere. The Halloween stores got to open back in the spring of this year.

Here’s something for you diehard decorating fans. Some of those old decorations you might have in your spooky old attic could be worth something today. Do some research on your stockpile of spooky stuff. Many vintage decorations are worth a goldmine. Light up Jack O’Lanterns could be $200-$450 depending on the maker. Vintage Halloween lawn signs could be worth over $300.

Growing up in Warren, I took great pride in setting up for Halloween. My front porch was all decked out with spider webs, colored red lights, and spooky sounds from my Halloween playlist of albums. Cheap Trick “Gonna Raise Hell” was always a favorite and of course Bobby Borris Picket’s “The Monster Mash.” For Fog, I put a huge tub of water and blocks of dry ice. One of the items I collected was trick-or-treated plastic orange buckets. Most of the kids when I grew up used pillowcases, which made it easy to get more candy. The old Halloween buckets from the ’60s and ’70s go for over $100 now. My suggestion on the value of a Halloween item is to do the research online like on eBay to get started. Who knows? What you might find in the garage or up in the dark scary attic could make your wallet very happy this Halloween.

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Who knew a creepy cat could be worth more than an iPad? Take something cool and make it hard to find, and you have yourself a collectible. It doesn't matter if it's an old penny or a Beanie Baby. The fewer there are available, the more it's worth.

Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been a part of the Detroit airwaves for over 29 years with 26 at WRIF and 3 years as a morning show host at Z-Rock. When he’s not out on the streets, you can find him in his game room, where he collects jukeboxes and classic pinball machines. Screamin also devotes time doing local charities with his, "Screamin Angels"; and for 15 years with Rock 4 Tots charity. “CHIT” is his local cover band for 10 years all over the Motor City in local bars and has graced the main stage at local festivals like Arts, Beats & Eats warming up for national acts like Cheap Trick, Guess Who & even Salt & Peppa. Screamin’ is the lead singer and also plays cowbell & lead triangle