Sweet Halloween Inventions

Halloween is great time to have fun with the kids, dress up and enjoy some sweet candy, but have you thought about patenting your Sweet Halloween Invention?

Halloween has been celebrating for more than 2,000 years. Even in medieval times, people enjoyed tricking each other.  In the 1700s anbd 1800s some unmarried folks used Halloween as an opportunity to find a Husband.

Luckily for us, Halloween is also a great time for Sweet Halloween Inventions. In fact, the US Patent Office has a Facebook page dedicated to creepy patents for just such an occasion.

To help you celebrate Halloween, below are a few Halloween-themed patents:

Creepy Baby Doll (U.S. Patent Number 118,435)

In 1871, George Pemberton Clarke was granted a patent for a “creeping doll.” Clarke’s doll was designed to look like a real baby, and it was able to creep across the floor using a simple spring mechanism.muml

Improvement in Buriel Cases (U.S. Patent Number 189247)

In 1887, Elisha Mets was granted a patent for an “improvement in buriel cases.” Mets coffin was designed to be have a bottomless coffin with an airtight seal which allows for the injection of more air into the receptacle.

Jack-A-Lantern (U.S. Patent Number 369,252)

In 1887, G. A. Beidler was granted a patent for a “jack-a-lantern.” Beidler’s jack-a-lantern was a face shaped lantern made from sheet metal, and it included a candle inside.

Toy Lantern (U.S. Patent Number 848,934)

In 1907, Jessie Carr Tyndall, of St. Louis Missouri was granted a patent for a toy lantern which consisted of a papier-mache pumpkin which had a removable top and was spherical shaped to represent a pumpkin.

Ventriloquist’s Dummy (U.S. Patent Number 2,114,851)

In 1938, Martha McCown was granted a patent for a ventriloquist’s dummy. Edger Bergen, a ventriloquist, made his dummy Charlie McCarthy, one of the most popular ventriloquist’s dummies of all time. Bergen and McCarthy starred in a number of radio shows and movies, and they helped to make ventriloquism a popular form of entertainment.

These are just a few of the many patented Halloween inventions that have been developed over the years. These inventions show the creativity and ingenuity of inventors, and they help to make Halloween a more fun and festive holiday.

Here are some additional Halloween patented inventions:

  • Articulated Mask (U.S. Patent Number 4,121,304) invented by Benjamin Cooper in 1978 featuring an ornamental face mask with an upper face portion and a lower jaw portion hinged together solely by elastic bands.
  • Jack-O-Lantern Carving Kit (U.S. Patent Number 4296659A) invented by Christopher Nauman in 1981 featuring a process for cutting a pumpkin including a pumpkin die element adapted for contiguous interface with the pumpkin surface and an upper edge adapted to be impact loaded for displacing the pumpkin die element through a wall of the pumpkin.
  • Pumpkin Carving Kit (U.S. Patent Number 4,828,114) Invented by John Bardeen, the pumpkin carving kit includes different types of cutting toolsa sheet with a decorative design and an instruction book for securing the pattern sheet and transferring the design onto the pumpkin.
  • Augmented Reality Costume Enhancement (U.S. Patent Number 9,977,572) invented by Scott A. Schimke (of Hallmark Cards) in 2018 for a device, system and process which alters the ppearance of acquaintances when viewed through smart glasses, which may be altered using augmented reality technology.
  • Three Dimensional Halloween Projector System (U.S. Patent Number 9,451,245) invented by Ryan Franklin Darling in 2016 for a system with a projector and a speaker which which projects an image onto an a house, such as a skeleton next to the front door to scare people coming up to the house or sing a happy Halloween song.
  • Severed Hand Beverage Coaster (U.S. Patent Number 9,743,787) invented by Ruben Godinez in 2017 coaster with fingers which flex into various positions and forms such as a five finger “zombie” hand with mangled crooked and discolored fingers.
  • Haunting aid (U.S.patent 6,776,687): Invented by Frank Becking in 2004, the haunting aid is a prop that can be used to create a spooky atmosphere. The prop includes a light-up face that can be programmed to blink and make other facial expressions.
  • Spider Web Maker (U.S. Patent Number 7,866,276) Invented by Matthew D. Mangelsen in 2011 for a spiderweb gun which includes a modified glue gun adapted to discharge hot glue from the nozzle with an air source attached to the glue gun so that the glue will be blown through the air to create a spiderweb.
  • Bleeding costume (U.S. patent 6,093,475): Invented by Alan Geller in 2001, the bleeding costume is a costume that includes a small pump that can be used to inject fake blood into the costume. This can create a realistic-looking bloody effect.

These inventions are just the top of the variety of Halloween patented inventions and products that have been invented to enjoy the occasion.  Celebrate Halloween by contacting us and consider patenting your Sweet Halloween Invention.