Sorry to post twice, but I think I should actually answer to the question. I think companies will make the same kind of props they do each year. Zombies,skeletons (or spirits), and witches mostly. I see people complaining about the hundreds of zombies coming out in recent years, but I'm okay with it since companies seem to be creating original zombies (smoldering zombie, lifesize zombie horde, hung up zombie, etc.)
I would like some classic horror movies similar to the Frankenstein monster that came out a few years ago and the Witch of the West (and also Nosferatu) which I think are still available.
1) Creature from the Black Lagoon - How cool would this be
2) Chaney Sr Phantom of the Opera - Imagine a face so scary it didn't need sound to frighten, perhaps the greatest scene in horror (Hitchcock needed sound)
3) Lugosi Dracula - Imagine the cool sayings "I never drink wine" "To be dead, truly dead, that must be glorious"
4) Karloff Mummy - So many sarcophagus available, so few mummies
5) Chaney Jr Wolfman - I can get by with the werewolves that are out there but a true wolfman look would be great
My prediction, several previous props will be repurposed as new characters with very minor changes, such as flashing eyes or moving mouths, there will be a few new props which people will drool over only to discover that they break down before Halloween.
DOTO ! you said how those props would break down just before Hallowen! At least you would know where they were (There may be in pieces?)
BUT AT LEAST YOU WOULD KNOW WHERE THEY WERE !
UNLIKE the HUMAN HIRED HELP--- (LESS) Who don't show up on the busiest nights of the season!
At least a pile of broken parts could be called something like a display from a train wreck or something?
Versus:"There is supposed to be someone standing right here,oh wait, there they are now, they were killed in a car wreck on their way here, but their ghost showed up, i hope they don't scare you beyond your limit."
(Maybe some phony blood to drop on the floor?) Yes, I killed my bad employee, see their blood? Scary isn't it?"