Patents

Rarely considered, patents give us an extensive look into the design decisions made by manufacturers with each patent showcasing several pages of descriptions and illustrations. Better yet, patents provide a historical insight through their declared inventor, assignee and filing dates.

Each patent has been sorted by its manufacturer and given a brief description to explain its context. Additionally, a link provided to each patent’s US Patent and Trademark Office claim page for more information.

Bayshore Industries

Bayshore Industries (Unconfirmed) Combined Jack-O-Lantern Toy and Container Patent #D204464.pdf preview

Combined Jack-O-Lantern Toy and Container

Unconfirmed

Patent Number D204464

Filed 05/04/1965

Issued 04/19/1966

Although sold by Barton’s Candy Corporation as the “Whistle Nose Pumpkin”, this pumpkin is believed to have been manufactured by Bayshore Industries, but remains unconfirmed.

Contributed by Mel Fischer

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Empire

Empire Home Decoration System Patent #5911501.pdf preview

Home Decoration System

Patent Number 5911501

Filed 12/23/1996

Issued 06/15/1999

This patent describes and illustrates the mounting and lighting system for Empire’s “Tree Light Topper” and “Pathway Light Topper” style blow molds (as both replacement tops and stake mounted).

Contributed by Mel Fischer

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Integrated Plastics

Integrated Plastics Halloween Novelty Patent #D419910.pdf preview

Halloween Novelty

Patent Number D419910

Filed 03/03/1999

Issued 02/01/2000

Given that no official name has been proven, this blow mold is commonly referred to as the “Ghoul Face” by the community.

Contributed by Mel Fischer

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Integrated Plastics Pumpkin Head Figure Patent #D388360.pdf preview

Pumpkin Head Figure

Patent Number D388360

Filed 01/02/1997

Issued 12/30/1997

Although sold by Drainage Industries as 25" Character Pumpkin-Jolly #80110, the patent declares Donald Shaw as the inventor, with the Shaw family having owned Integrated Plastics Limited.

Unlike many of Donald Shaw’s other patents, Integrated Plastics Limited is not declared as the assignee.

Contributed by Nick Kraelew

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Integrated Plastics Stacking Pumpkins Seasonal Ornament Patent #D380171.pdf preview

Stacking Pumpkins Seasonal Ornament

Patent Number D380171

Filed 02/16/1996

Issued 06/24/1997

Although sold by Drainage Industries as 30" Pumpkin Cluster #80106, this patent declares Integrated Plastics Limited as the assignee.

Contributed by Mel Fischer

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Integrated Plastics Stacking Skeleton Heads Patent #D388358.pdf preview

Stacking Skeleton Heads

Patent Number D388358

Filed 09/25/1996

Issued 12/30/1997

Although sold by Drainage Industries as 31" Skull Cluster #80118, this patent declares Integrated Plastics Limited as the assignee.

Contributed by Mel Fischer

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Integrated Plastics Tombstone Novelty Sculpture Patent #D378361.pdf preview

Tombstone Novelty Sculpture

Patent Number D378361

Filed 01/05/1996

Issued 03/11/1997

Although sold by Drainage Industries as 26" Tombstone Ghost, this patent declares Integrated Plastics Limited as the assignee.

Contributed by Mel Fischer

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Integrated Plastics Vampire Bat Pumpkin Lawn Ornament Patent #D388359.pdf preview

Vampire Bat Pumpkin Lawn Ornament

Patent Number D388359

Filed 09/25/1996

Issued 12/30/1997

While patented, no blow molds have yet to been found matching this design. It is assumed, but unproven, that the design was never produced.

Unlike many of Donald Shaw’s other patents, Integrated Plastics Limited is not declared as the assignee.

Contributed by Nick Kraelew

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Sun Hill Industries

Sun Hill Industries Recessed Lamp Socket System for Illuminated Decorative Figures Patent #5436817.pdf preview

Recessed Lamp Socket System for Illuminated Decorative Figures

Patent Number 5436817

Filed 12/23/1993

Issued 07/25/1995

This patent extensively describes and illustrates various design, electrical and mounting elements of Sun Hill Industries' light kits.

Contributed by Mel Fischer

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Wherl

Wherl Lantern Candy Carrier Patent #1246037.pdf preview

Lantern Candy Carrier

Patent Number 1246037

Issued 12/06/1988

This Canadian issued patent describes a “battery-powered lantern which is used by a child to collect Halloween treats.” Other notable uses include its use as an illuminated ornament or novelty toy.

Contributed by Mel Fischer

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