The OH Lantern family, a kind of Garbage Pail Kids of Halloween, makes its debut this year, and excited retailers are gearing up for a rush.
"They were the hottest selling thing at the L.A. Gift Show this year. When that happens, you know it's going to be big," said a representative of Jay's Luggage and Gifts in Topanga Plaza, which plans to display the pumpkins as a mall centerpiece on the two weekends before Halloween.
Special effects artist Todd Masters ("Poltergeist II," "Predator") created the eight ugly OH Lanterns in his Sun Valley studio using himself as a model. He simply contorted his face and the resulting grimaces, leers and scowls outdo anything the average trick-or-treater might accomplish.
The soft, foam rubber pumpkins, which are the size of a large cantaloupe, have names such as Jesabell OH Lantern, Jesse OH Lantern and, of course, Jack OH Lantern.