Pomegranate “Edward Gorey”

Halloween is here and who better to usher us in than the Master of Macabre himself, Edward Gorey! His wonderfully unsettling images were always a source of great joy to me. I still own a copy of his "The Gashlycrumb Tinies" that I actually read to my children. I also remember with great fondness his... Continue Reading →

Halloween Puzzles: Monster’s Banquet Review

It wouldn't feel like Halloween without assembling a Halloween puzzle. Puzzle Warehouse has a great selection of Autumn and Halloween themed puzzles. The one I am reviewing here is currently out of stock, but there are several similarly themed puzzles. Because this year is unprecedented, I am really wanting to assemble cute/happy puzzles. Here are... Continue Reading →

Halloween Globe Review, SunsOut

My Rating: 9/10 Happy Halloween to all of you jigsaw junkies. I hope you all had a great Halloween and enjoyed some good treats. Well as I mentioned in my previous review I love seasonal puzzles. We simply couldn't let Halloween pass without a review of this stunning specialty shaped puzzle. This puzzle when assembled... Continue Reading →

Happy Halloween!

  HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Puzzle Warehouse is offering 13% off all puzzles for your Halloween treat this year.  Just enter code SCREAM13.  You can browse the Halloween themed puzzles here. Here are a few of my favorites that are in stock right now along with my reviews so you can see the details: FRIENDS ON HALLOWEEN... Continue Reading →

Review: “Halloween Town” by Randy Wollenmann, Vermont Christmas Company – 9.25/10

I loved assembling this Halloween puzzle! The image by Randy Wollenmann has bright colors and patterns that make assembly easy, quick, and super fun. It was so much fun I completed the puzzle in one session because I just had to do the “next little bit”. The Vermont Christmas Company quality is good with hard, solid pieces. The cut is mostly a grid cut, but not all edges line up and some sides have wavy and diagonal edges. This gave the puzzle a unique personality, and I enjoyed working it. This puzzle is easy enough that it makes an ideal family puzzle. It’s the best of the 2016 Halloween season!

Review: “Trick or Treat Hotel” by Charles Wysocki, Buffalo Games – 9.25/10

I love this 500 piece Halloween puzzle from Charles Wysocki and Buffalo Games. The artwork has a wry, adult tone reminiscent of Edward Gorey. The scene is populated by strange creatures, pumpkins, cobwebs, and tongue-in-cheek signs like "Rooms to Ferment" and the "Pithias Bloodlust Wrinkledeath" motto on the hearse. The puzzle is mostly easy but the forest behind the mansion has a random pattern which offers a little more challenge and makes the puzzle overall more satisfying to complete. The Buffalo Games quality is quite good. The pieces feel thick and are pleasant to work with. It comes with a poster in the box so you have a larger image to work with. There is some glare off the glossy surface under strong overhead lights. This puzzle is a real treat. Highly recommended!

Review: “Castle of Horror” by Jean-Jacques Loup, Heye, 9.75/10

"Castle of Horror" is an absolute masterpiece of a puzzle. The art by Jean-Jacques Loup is outstanding. Dozens of scary movie tropes are included in this image in a humorous way, from Frankenstein to ghosts, witches, and vampires. This is a moderately difficult puzzle, mostly due to its size, so prepare to buckle in and enjoy a long puzzling experience. There are dozens of funny scenarios going on around the puzzle, which you'll discover as you assemble it. The Heye quality is good with a gorgeous triangular box, large poster, thick and sturdy pieces, and excellent image reproduction. This is a grid-cut puzzle with a good variety of piece shapes. This puzzle was originally produced in 2003 and was out of print for a number of years. Don't miss a chance to get this classic while it's back in print. Highly recommended!

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