Halloween bag with pop-up surprise

US 10 364 068 B1

A pop-up mechanism for use with a bag so that when operated by a user, a decorative object pops up from a hidden position within the bag to a position clearly in view. A twistable circular band is held within a sleeve at the top of the bag. The band has attached thereto at least one finger tab, and a pivotal post having an end to which the decorative object is attached. When the finger tab is operated, the band twists and thereby pivots the post and the decorative object from the hidden position to the viewable position.

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Claims

1. A pop-up mechanism, comprising:
a container for holding items therein, said container having an opening through which a user of the container can place the items inside the container;
a pop-up object located inside said container below said opening and in a position generally hidden from view;
a mechanism responsive to actuation by the user of said container for moving said pop-up object from the hidden position to a position adjacent the opening of said container where said pop-up object can be seen; and
said mechanism including a band located around at least half of the opening of said container, and at least one finger tab attached to said band so that when a user of said container moves said finger tab, the band twists, and the pop-up object is operatively connected to said band so that the twisting movement of said band moves the pop-up object from the hidden position to the position in which the pop-up object can be seen.

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11. A pop-up mechanism, comprising:
a bag for carrying items, said bag having a top opening;
a sleeve formed around a circumference of the top opening in said bag, said sleeve having an opening therein;
a flexible band enveloped by said sleeve, said band being twistable within said sleeve;
a pivotal post fastened to said band so that said pivotal post is movable within said bag, said pivotal post protruding through said opening in said sleeve;
a finger tab fastened to said band so that when said finger tab is manually manipulated, said flexible band rotates and thus rotates said pivotal post;
a decorative object fastened to an end of said pivotal post; and
whereby when said finger tab is moved said flexible band rotates to thereby rotate said pivotal post from a position where said decorative object is hidden within said bag to a position where said decorative object is observable.

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Description

TECHNICAL FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates in general to novelty items, and more particularly to bags or containers equipped with apparatus that allows a user to deploys a pop-up item.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Novelty items are popular as they are different and generate curiosity and excitement. Many novelty items are seasonal and are more popular during the holidays. For example, during the Halloween season, pumpkins, black cats, masks and costumes are readily available for children who celebrate the season. The popularity and widespread use of the various items often depends on the novelty of such items. Many novelty items are incorporated into bags for carrying items associated with the season of interest.

During the Halloween season, children traditionally go trick-or-treating with a conventional paper bag or a plastic bag for collecting candy and treats from neighborhood residents. The bags can also be purchased with Halloween decorations printed thereon to make them more special and different from the traditional grocery bags that are commonly used.

As an example of the novelty of Halloween bags, lighting has become popular and has been incorporated into bags for carrying candy and treats. With the low cost of batteries and LED lights, such equipment can be readily incorporated into Halloween bags without substantial additional cost. U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,200,000; 7,311,415 and 6,059,423 illustrate Halloween bags with different lighting schemes. U.S. Pat. No. 6,137,410 illustrates a Halloween bag having sound emitting capabilities.

From the foregoing, a need exists for a Halloween bag or container that is equipped with a manually operated mechanism that allows an object to pop up from within the bag. On further actuation, the object can be moved back into the bag and hidden from sight. This novelty item is unusual and can generate curiosity and excitement with children.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In accordance with the principles and concepts of the invention, disclosed is a Halloween container that includes apparatus that is finger operated to swing a post from a hidden position in the container, to a position where the post can be easily seen. The end of the post can be equipped with a novelty item, such as hand, ghost, black cat, etc. The apparatus can be again operated to move the post and the novelty item back to the hidden position.

In accordance with a feature of the invention, the apparatus includes a spring-like strip fastened around the opening of the container. The strip has one or more finger-operated tabs that can be operated to rotate or twist the strip. Attached to the strip is a lever or post that rotates with the strip. A novelty object can be fastened to the free end of the post. Accordingly, when the tabs are manually rotated, the strip rotates, as does the post attached thereto, thereby rotating the novelty item from within the container to a position in plain view of close observers.

According to another feature of the invention, the Halloween container can be a bag with loops formed around the opening of the bag. The plastic strip of the apparatus can be threaded through the loops to fasten the apparatus to the bag. The user of the apparatus can thus hold the bag in an open condition and at the same time operate the finger tabs to deploy the movable post and thus the novelty item.

According to an embodiment of the invention, disclosed is a pop-up mechanism that includes a container for holding items therein, where the container has an opening through which a user of the container can place the items inside the container. A pop-up object is located inside the container in a position generally hidden from view. Further included is a mechanism responsive to actuation by the user of the container for moving the pop-up object from the hidden position to a position adjacent the opening of the container where the pop-up object can be seen.

According to another embodiment of the invention, disclosed is a pop-up mechanism that includes a bag for carrying items, where the bag has a top opening. Further included is a sleeve formed around a circumference of the top opening in the bag. A flexible band is enveloped by the sleeve, and the band is twistable within the sleeve. A pivotal post is fastened to the band so that the pivotal post is movable within the bag. The pivotal post protrudes through an opening in the sleeve. A finger tab is fastened to the band so that when the tab is manually manipulated, the flexible band rotates and thus rotates the pivotal post. A decorative object is fastened to an end of the pivotal post. Whereby when the finger tab is moved the flexible band rotates to thereby rotate the pivotal post from a position where the decorative object is hidden within the bag to a position where the decorative object is observable.

According to yet another embodiment of the invention, disclosed is a method of operating a pop-up mechanism. The method includes operating a finger tab to rotate a band located at a top opening of a container. The method further includes rotating a pivotal post attached to the band from a first position where a decorative object attached to an end of the pivotal post is hidden within the container, to a second position so that the decorative object is adjacent the opening of the container.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Further features and advantages will become apparent from the following and more particular description of the preferred and other embodiments of the invention, as illustrated in the accompanying drawings in which like reference characters generally refer to the same parts, functions or elements throughout the views, and in which:

FIG. 1 is an isometric frontal view of a Halloween bag illustrating the finger tabs;

FIG. 2 is an isometric frontal view of FIG. 1, illustrating the operation of the finger tabs to deploy the hidden object;

FIG. 3 is an isometric view of the twistable strip to which the finger tabs and pivotal post are attached, according to one embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 4 is an isometric view of the twistable strip to which the finger tabs and pivotal post are attached, according to another embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 5 is a partial view of the Halloween bag constructed with a sleeve on the rim, and a slot through which the finger tab protrudes; and

FIG. 6 illustrates another embodiment of a pop-up mechanism incorporated into a bag, a portion of which is cut out to show the pop-up object.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

With reference to FIG. 1, there is illustrated a container for holding items, such as a Halloween bag 10. The bag 10 can be constructed of a heavy paper material that is self-supporting, or other suitable materials. The bag 10 can also be constructed of a plastic or other suitable material. Various designs can be embossed on the outer surface of the bag 10, such as a Halloween jack-o-lantern 12. The Halloween bag 10 is illustrated as being constructed with gussets 14, but other forms of bags or containers can be employed. Indeed, the invention can be incorporated into a hollow plastic pumpkin.

The Halloween bag 10 includes an open top having a sleeve 16 formed around the peripheral rim 18. The sleeve 16 can be formed by folding a flap of the top edge of the opening down onto itself and fastening the folded edge with an adhesive, or the like. A number of slots are formed into the sleeve 16 to allow threading of the plastic strip 20 (FIG. 3) therethrough, as well as allow finger tabs to protrude therefrom. Another opening in the sleeve 16 allows a pivotal post to protrude therefrom. As will be described in more detail below, the plastic strip is either threaded into the sleeve 16, or the plastic strip 20 is placed inside the top edge of the bag 10 and the paper material is folded down over the plastic strip 20 to enclose and capture the same. In any event, the plastic strip 20 is fastened around the top edge of the bag 10, but can rotate a certain amount.

The plastic strip 20 of FIG. 3 includes a band 22 and opposing finger tabs 24 and 26 attached thereto, as well as a pivotal post 28. The band 22 is rectangular in cross-sectional shape and is constructed of a stiff, but flexible material, such as plastic. The material should be of the type that can be twisted using the finger tabs 24 and 26, but returns to the original shape when the tabs 24 and 26 are released. As can be appreciated, when the tabs 24 and 26 are pulled upwardly, the band 22 will twist or rotate in a counterclockwise direction as shown. When the band 22 rotates, it carries with it the pivotal post 28.

Referring back to FIG. 1, when the finger tabs 24 and 26 are pulled upwardly, as shown by arrow 30, the band 22 rotates, and the pivotal post 28 also rotates in the direction of arrow 32 of FIG. 2. The rotation of the pivotal post 28 thus brings it into view near the top of the bag 10. As can be appreciated, the band 22 rotates within the sleeve 16 located around the top rim 18 of the bag 10. According to a feature of the invention, an object 34 can be fastened to the free end of the pivotal post 28. In the illustrations, an object in the form of a ghost 34 is fastened to the free end of the pivotal post 28. The object can be of many other forms, such as a black cat, a pumpkin, a scary face, a sign with the words BOO, etc.

With reference to FIG. 5, there is illustrated a portion of the bag 10 showing the sleeve 16 formed around the rim 18 of the bag 10. As noted above, the sleeve 16 is a portion of the top edge of the bag 10 that is folded down inside the bag 10 and bonded to the inside surface of the bag 10 to form an elongate pocket through which the band 22 extends. The sleeve 16 is of sufficient size to allow the band 22 to easily twist therein and return to its original shape.

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