Second, the videos help me pretend that all my guests will come in fabulously appropriate costumes. For me, the holiday is about being scary, not slutty or funny or distasteful. I can only hope that someday, all my guests will pander to my whims. Three years ago, I had a Yoshi and a D*ck in a Box (NSFW). I had specified to come in a scary costume, preferably something with a vintage feel, and even gave a link to what I was hoping for. I said I wanted a Halloween party like adults celebrated before it became all commercial and geared for children. Okay, it was probably commercial then, too, but not like it is now.
Anyway, once again Grandin Road has a few must-haves, but I'll wait for the 50% off emails to arrive. What? You didn't know they do that? Oh, but they do! Last year I got the 6' and 5' tall mummies and Venetian Victoria for half-off. I got something else on sale, too, but just what escapes me just now. So sign up for their emails! Right now, if you take a survey, you get 20% off your first order, but it's only good through August 7--not nearly enough off or nearly enough time to ponder your first purchase. At least, not for me.