Wednesday, November 01, 2023

Crap I Bought From Temu: Halloween 2023 Edition

In yesterday's post, for Halloween 2023, I wrote that I was wearing a pair of orange socks with skulls on them to celebrate the day.

I closed the post with a hint that I had another Halloween post scheduled for the witching hour. And here it is.

A few months ago, I placed an order with the Chinese website Temu. Most of the items I ordered were Halloween related and I thought I would share with you what I purchased.

Let's start with the bad.

But - it's 'bad' on my part.

To cut a long story short, I came across a video on the social media platform formerly known as Twitter over the summer. It was a clip of someone making pizzas using skull moulds. As soon as I saw the vid, I thought I would check out Temu to see if they had the items for a cheap price.

It did.

Skull Moulds

I bought dough from the supermarket a few weeks ago and planned to make the pizzas for Halloween night. However, when I attempted to place the dough inside the moulds, I realised it was too thin for what I wanted to do.

The pizza skull experiment failed. I will try again, but - for now - it's 1-0 to the forces of evil.

That wasn't the only skull mould I bought. Here's another. With a far better result than the pizza mould.

Skull Cake Mould

The idea for this one was to make a sponge cake. My mother and nephew worked on that one this morning and then I came along and might have been heavy-handed while removing the sponge from the mould.

Skull Sponge Cake

I sandwiched the two parts together using Cadbury's Fudge icing. Here's how it is looking as of the time of writing:

Skull Sponge Cake

Temu also sold me a silicon tray of 40 mini skulls. I was planning to melt a bar of Cadbury's and make mini chocolates out of it, but left that one for another day. Having a giant skull cake - along with some Halloween jelly sweets - was more than enough for one day.

As I noted yesterday, and at the start of this post, I spent the day wearing socks that have a Halloween theme. I ordered a handful of other socks that could have been worn today. All these were came very cheap.

Horror Villain Socks

From left to right, we have: Pennywise from the most recent It movies, Michael Myers from the Halloween series of films, Jason Vorhees from Friday the 13th, Beetlejuice, the villain from Scream, Chucky from the Child's Play franchise, my favourite horror movie villain - Freddy Krueger (without a scarred face, might I add) and then - to round it off - is the Tim Curry version of Pennywise from the It TV mini-series which was made in 1990.

Last, but not least, is the main event of the evening.

While I was about to check out my order, something caught my eye. It was quite cheap, so I expected it to be small when it arrived. But.. as a fan of Little Shop of Horrors, I had to own my own ornament of Audrey II.

Audrey II from Temu

It might not be for everyone, but the detail of this thing looks amazing (to my eyes!) and - for the cheap price I paid - I think it was a quirky steal.

Unlike Audrey II, it was a little bit dearer than $1.95 Seymour paid for his. However, we both bought our plants from Chinese sellers.

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