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

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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Come Play Products

Come Play Products Illuminated Toy Pail Patent #5984754.pdf preview

Patent Number 5984754

Filed 12/02/1996

Issued 11/16/1999

Unlike many battery powered candy pails produced by other manufacturers, Come Play Products opted to illuminate at least some of their candy pails with a patented glow stick holder in the center of the candy pail.

Contributed by Mel Fischer

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Empire

Empire Home Decoration System Patent #5911501.pdf preview

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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Holiday Hues

Holiday Hues Decorative Light Enclosure Patent #D349359.pdf preview

Patent Number D349359

Filed 01/11/1993

Issued 08/02/1994

Contributed by B Weis

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Holiday Hues Decorative Light Enclosure Patent #D345621.pdf preview

Patent Number D345621

Filed 01/11/1993

Issued 03/29/1994

Contributed by B Weis

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Holiday Hues Decorative Light Enclosure Patent #D345435.pdf preview

Patent Number D345435

Filed 01/11/1993

Issued 03/22/1994

Contributed by B Weis

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Integrated Plastics

Integrated Plastics Halloween Novelty Patent #D419910.pdf preview

Patent Number D419910

Filed 03/03/1999

Issued 02/01/2000

Contributed by Mel Fischer

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Integrated Plastics Pumpkin Head Figure Patent #D388360.pdf preview

Patent Number D388360

Filed 01/02/1997

Issued 12/30/1997

Contributed by Nick Kraelew

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

Patent Number D380171

Filed 02/16/1996

Issued 06/24/1997

Contributed by Mel Fischer

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Integrated Plastics Stacking Skeleton Heads Patent #D388358.pdf preview

Patent Number D388358

Filed 09/25/1996

Issued 12/30/1997

Contributed by Mel Fischer

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Integrated Plastics Tombstone Novelty Sculpture Patent #D378361.pdf preview

Patent Number D378361

Filed 01/05/1996

Issued 03/11/1997

Contributed by Mel Fischer

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

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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Miller Electric

Miller Electric Figurine Patent #D169324.pdf preview

Patent Number D169324

Filed 06/20/1952

Issued 04/14/1953

Although plainly named as “Figurine”, this patent describes Miller Electric’s icon “Hi-Ho Santa on Reindeer”.

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Sun Hill Industries

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

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

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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