Part of the enjoyment of Halloween and Christmas is seeing the clever decorations and novelties people come up with for these two celebrations. But did you know, some of these are patented inventions? With (belated) Season's Greetings for you, however you celebrate the holidays or this time of year, the following are presented for your pleasure.

NOVELTY HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN, US 3,250,910 (Raymond R. Authier, issued May 10, 1966) has a plurality of face representations, each lighted differently from the other using a dry cell battery and an electric lamp bulb. Safer than a candle, no doubt. Life size Halloween novelty item, US 7,878,878 (Darren S. Massaro, issued February 1, 2011) has motion sensors, a voice recorder and speaker, and a reservoir of fluid with timed electromagnetic valve inside a head that allows fluid to expel out of orifices attached to a tongue when the item is approached. Eek! Halloween portable container, US 7,594,669 (Linda Acosta, granted September 29, 2009) is a portable apparatus with container element and cover element in the form of a Halloween object on a wheeled base, which may be pushed or pulled or maneuvered by a gripping element. Presumably, this is for receiving treats while out trick-or-treating, and hauling back home.

Toy stuffed animal having convertible configurations, US 6,962,517 (David Murray, issued November 8, 2005) emulates awakening when the user touches locations and activates a prerecorded message, and has multiple configurations with different head portions, reversible hands, paws or legs and a rear flap that is reversible as a coat or garment. Appearance can be altered to dress the character in a festive holiday garment for Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, New Year's, Independence Day, Halloween, Valentine's Day, or St. Patrick's Day. Decorative lights with addressable color-controllable LED nodes and control circuitry, and method, US 7,131,748 (Dennis Michael Kazar et al., issued November 7, 2006) has switch settings and holiday color schemes for most major US holidays, including Christmas, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Independence Day, and Halloween.

Fire safety Christmas ornament, US 4,113,020 (Anthony Panetta, issued September 12, 1978) is for a Christmas tree ornament containing fire extinguishing powder. Remember when people used to put lighted candles on Christmas trees before the electric lights were invented? Light strand Christmas tree for flagpole, US 8,678,615 (Gordon Ko, issued March 25, 2014) is a string light Christmas tree kit, raised with rope and pulley and supported from a flagpole. Now, your Christmas tree is no longer at ground level. Artificial Christmas tree, US 1,606,535 (Jakob Hojnowski, issued November 9, 1926) is an improvement on the artificial Christmas tree, and has exchangeable branches sections so that different types of trees can be simulated, and is readily assembled and disassembled. You can reuse your Christmas tree. Christmas tree vibrator, US 2,522,906 (Leo R Smith, issued September 19, 1950) imparts a slight two-dimensional vibration to the tree and its decorations, using an electric motor, thereby enhancing the appearance and obtaining a pleasing sound from the decorations so vibrated. One hopes the ornaments don't get vibrated right off of the tree. Apparatus for the production of Christmas crackers, US 3,264,797 (Philip Steward Powling, issued August 9, 1966) presents an improved method of tying the ends of the Christmas cracker after forming shapes of various materials into a cylinder, filling the cylinder with novelties and favors and inserting a snap. These are fun to open.

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