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Phyllis Smith 'Slaughters' the Competition in Craft Retailer JOANN's Spooktacular Halloween Campaign

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Where Eagles Dare launches ‘Nightmare on Phyllis’ Street,’ and a #handmadewithjoann costume challenge on TikTok

Phyllis Smith 'Slaughters' the Competition in Craft Retailer JOANN's Spooktacular Halloween Campaign

JOANN, the US’s category leader in sewing and fabrics and one of the fastest growing players in the arts and crafts industry, is bringing back comedy star Phyllis Smith in a hilarious Halloween campaign that is ‘sew’ spooky, it might just inspire everyone to make their own DIY costumes this year.

The centrepiece of the campaign is a new docu-style webisode titled 'Nightmare on Phyllis’ Street' that follows the craft-obsessed Phyllis as she attempts to win points with her boss by making a Halloween costume for the boss’ daughter that will also be entered into the annual neighbourhood costume contest. There’s only one problem: Phyllis’ design has been ruined because she accidentally spilled red paint all over it. 

The episode features notable DIY fashion influencer April Yang (aka @coolirpa), who comes to Phyllis’ rescue despite being her crafting nemesis, having beaten Phyllis every year to claim first prize in the contest. However, Phyllis has plans to 'slaughter' the competition by secretly entering the costume unbeknownst to April. Throughout the episode, tension builds as ominous phone calls and the presence of a shadowy figure turn Phyllis’ craft room into a house of horrors. 

Created in partnership with creative agency Where Eagles Dare, the episode will live on JOANN.com/Phyllis and YouTube, with a corresponding video tutorial that provides step-by-step instructions for each craft. In this case, Yang will show how to create a conjuring crow costume.

“This was such a fun webisode to create and bring to life, and we love its bizarre, unexpected twist,” said Brian Franks, founder/ECD of Where Eagles Dare. “Who doesn’t love a good scare on Halloween. ‘Nightmare on Phyllis’ Street’ pays tribute to the best of the horror classics while inspiring everyone to get crafty this Halloween with creative costumes.”

‘Nightmare on Phyllis’ Street’ will also be promoted on JOANN’s social channels, along with a digital media buy featuring 15 and 30 second promo ads.

In addition, starting October 11th-23rd, Phyllis is coming to TikTok to scare the craft out of everyone in a #handmadewithjoann costume challenge. In a series of entertaining posts, Phyllis will dress up in over-the-top costumes and challenge others to show off their amazing DIY costumes. JOANN will pick the top winner in each category – funniest, scariest and most original – and from there the TikTok community will vote for the best out of the three. Top finalists will be selected October 24th and notified via DM or comments section. The Grand prize winner will receive a $2,500 shopping spree (and $500 for the two finalists) at their local JOANN. 

The new effort comes on the heels of JOANN’s springtime-themed episode where Phyllis helped pull off a makeshift wedding for the couple next door. The partnership began last year with a three-part webisode series, “Working from Home with Phyllis,” that featured Phyllis crocheting kittens, baking snow globe cookies and making a holiday wreath


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Client: Joann

Agency: Where Eagles Dare

Founder/ECD: Brian Franks

Creative Director: Zam Cadden

Lead Designer: Sarah Karwoski

Joann Chief Creative Officer: Richard Vollmer

Joann Editorial Director: Valerie Ott

Joann Crafted Content Manager: Anna Olsen

Director: Ricky Mabe

Executive Producer: Barry Sonders

Production: PF100, Malcolm Wax, Bradley Schulz

DP: JR Kraus

Music Composition: David Schuler

Writers: Jared Kozel, Ricky Mabe

Starring: Phyllis Smith

Featuring: April Yang

Production Designer: Ben Ralston

Genres: Comedy, People, Dialogue

Categories: Retail and Restaurants , Retail Stores

KBPR, Tue, 12 Oct 2021 08:30:28 GMT