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Dismembered! A Halloween Leg Lamp

Our favourite Christmas decoration of all time is the trusty leg lamp from A Christmas Story! It goes up in our home on November 1st and stays up til New Years Day. Cars slow down and people even get out to take pictures next to the “electric sex” glowing in our front window.

Last Halloween, I wondered if there might be a way to extend the leg lamp love into the haunting season.  I invented the dismembered leg lamp! It made it’s debut at our annual Haunted House!

Halloween Leg Lamp
The perfect Halloween Leg Lamp!

Here’s how you can make your own Halloween Leg Lamp!

  1. A variety of leg lamps are available for purchase from websites such as RetroFestive.ca. We chose to use the biggest one: the 50″ Major Award!
  2. Carefully cut or rip strategically placed holes in the stocking and the lamp shade. We started with small, conservative holes, but then had more fun with it and made the holes bigger so they can be easily seen from the road.
  3. Grab a can of red spray paint and go to town! We used Fusion by Krylon, it’s the kind made for use on plastic.  Spray it on very heavy, so it drips like real blood. Let dry overnight.
  4. We also soaked the lamp shade with strong tea to give it a more aged, weathered look.
  5. Replace the top bulb with a red lightbulb (or green) to give it an eerie glow.

We used a flash in this photo, so you can see the details better.

Dimembered Leg Lamp
Optional: Add a femur bone using a few strokes of white spray paint.

And there you have it! Your very own Halloween Leg Lamp!  Extra points if you build a FRA-GEE-LAY crate to display it on, like we did!

OR, if you’re really adventurous, you can create a REAL dismembered leg lamp like Leo Bonten did. He’s a 53-year-old from the Netherlands who had his leg amputated after a bad infection. When doctors told him the leg had to go, he fought for the right to keep it. But, what to do with it? He decided to make his very own, genuine leg lamp!

Amputated Leg Lamp

Bonten hired a lighting designer to create the one-of-a-kind lamp. The designer fixed the amputated leg in a large vase full of formaldehyde and rigged up a unique bulb and shade. He even later tried to sell it on eBay for $125,000, but eBay removed the listing since it does not allow the sale of body parts. Now he’s trying to sell in privately.

amputated leg lamp
A Dutch man created his own Dismembered Leg Lamp!

Of course, if you really want your own Halloween leg lamp, you could always choose an easier route.  RetroFestive.ca sells this awesome Wizard of Oz Wicked Witch Leg Lamp.

Wicked Witch Leg Lamp with Box
Wizard of Oz Wicked Witch Leg Lamp


Christmas + Halloween = Christween!

We sure love Christmas here at RetroFestive, but darnit we love Halloween too!  Halloween is practically pre-Christmas. It’s the holiday that gets you ready for the big one. In fact, Christmas and Halloween have a lot more in common than you might think.

Fun Fact: Enthusiasts who love both Halloween and Christmas have invented a mashup holiday called Christween!

He knows when you are sleeping...
He knows when you are sleeping…

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Oakville Santa Claus Parade

Christmas On Parade!

If you remember much about the holiday classic A Christmas Story, you’ll recall the scene in which the Parker clan ventures downtown to watch the annual Christmas Parade. They snag a prime spot in front of Higbees Department Store and marvel at marching bands, garish floats, Santa Claus and even Mickey Mouse being pestered by the flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz(?)!

Christmas parade kids
Christmas parade kids

For many of us, watching the annual home-town Christmas parade is part and parcel of our Christmas traditions.  That’s because Christmas parades serve to usher in the excitement of the holiday season.

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