We know how difficult Internet shopping can be when you cannot visualize a
product the way it is described. Industry terms for the material used in our
Halloween products can be unfamiliar and confusing. The following is a guide to
the materials used in the product descriptions on our website.
If you don't get
a better idea from this information, and would like to know more about a
particular product, please email us at
When the material is described as Cardstock it is a paper decoration.
Generally die cut, Cardstock paper is thick paper like poster board. It is
flexible and lightweight. This material will "sun fade" and can be destroyed by
getting wet, therefore it better used for indoor decorating.
For an example of a Cardstock decoration, see our
Jointed Dracula decoration.
When the material is described as Ceramic it is a painted clay decoration.
Ceramic is fragile, and will break if dropped, however, it is a very strong
material that will last for many years.
For an example of a Ceramic decoration, see our
Black Hat Society Plaque.
When the material is described as Foil it will be a thin metallic plastic,
similar to Mylar balloons. This material is very lightweight and is used
in both indoor and outdoor products. Sometimes foil is embossed into a product
for a metallic finish.
For an example of a Foil decoration, see our
When the material is described as Jute, it is a paper item made from the
plant fiber Jute, a paper alternative. Jute tends to be rough in texture and
should not get wet.
For an example of a Jute decoration, see our
Bloody Rat Prop.
When the material is described as latex in Halloween costumes, the material will be skin
tight, rubber like and have a shiny finish.
When the material is described as latex in Halloween decorations and props, it will be a
rubber like substance, flexible and generally not very thick. Most masks are
made from latex. This material is durable and waterproof, making it good for
indoor and outdoor display products.
Many latex Halloween props are filled with a polystyrene foam to give the item
solidity and dimension, making it more life-like.
For an example of a Latex prop, see our
Skull on Jaws Prop.
When the item is described that it has a lenticular effect, it is
a printed image
an illusion of depth,
When the material is described as a Non-woven
fabric, it is a
fabric-like material made from long fibres, bonded together by chemical,
mechanical, heat or solvent treatment. it has the feel similar to that of a
fabric softener sheet, but with a little more thickness. These items are
generally designed for one time use.
For an example of a Non-Woven Fabric, see our
Skull Piles Table
When the material is described as Pewter it is
made from soft metal, and usually contains tin as the chief alloy. Our Pewter
items are always lead-free.
For an example of Pewter, see our
When the material is described as Polyester, it is a strong and durable
synthetic fabric. Polyester dries quickly and can be washable or dry clean only,
so check your tags. Polyester is often used as a blend with other fabrics to
lend wrinkle resistance.
For an example of a Polyester Halloween costume, see our
Endless Options Black Robe.
When the product is described as Polystyrene it
is a foam product like Styrofoam. Lightweight material used for tombstones, body forms, and as the inner-material for a
variety of products. Polystyrene is often injected into props to make them three
dimensional. It is hard to break, but will puncture easily. This material is durable and waterproof,
making it good for indoor and outdoor display products.
For an example of a Polystyrene decoration, see
our Bloody Hand's
When the material is described as Polyurethane it is going to be a a chemically
hardened foam piece that has been molded, and hand painted. Rougher than
Styrofoam to the touch but similar in density. Unlike Styrofoam, it can break if
dropped. Lightweight, usually used for large items and for wall decor. This
material is durable and waterproof, making it good for indoor and outdoor
For an example of a Polyurethane Halloween decoration, see our
Vampire Bat Shelf.
When the material is described as PVC plastic it will be a stiff, but flexible
thin plastic. Vacuum-forming is the leading plastic thermoforming
process in which sheet plastic is heated and formed over a mold by removing air
from the area between the mold surface and the sheet. This produces a "relief"
image. It usually does not have a
backside, so from the back you will see the inner-side of the "relief form."
This material is durable and waterproof, making it good for indoor and outdoor
For an example of a PVC plastic Halloween prop, see our
Maim Street Sign Prop.
When the material is described as Resin, it will be hard like plastic but
brittle like ceramic. It can break if dropped. This material is strong, usually
solid making it more heavy, used in products for both indoors and outdoors.
For an example of a Resin decoration, see our
Gargoyle of Darkness Candle Holder.
When the material is described as Tissue, it will be a very thin, almost
transparent paper. This material is used for indoor decorations as it cannot get
wet and is somewhat fragile.
For an example of a Tissue decoration, see our
Tissue Spider &
When the material is described as Velvet, it is a fabric of silk, nylon,
acetate, rayon, polyester, etc. Sometimes it will have a cotton backing. It is a
thick, soft pile formed of loops. It can be washable or dry clean only, so check
For an example of a Velvet Halloween costume, see our
Midnight Priestess Costume.
When a product is described as having vellum
paper it is a semi-translucent thin paper that has a plastic feel. Light can
pass through it.
For an example of a Vellum Paper product, see
our Martha Stewart
Crafts - Haunted Paper Treat Bags.
When the material is described as Vinyl, it will be a thin plastic, usually in a
sheet form like table covers. It is not as "stiff" as PVC plastic, but more free
flowing. It hangs very well. This material is durable and waterproof, making it
good for indoor and outdoor display products.
For an example of a Vinyl decoration, check out our Halloween