Custom Signs Prepares For A Haunted Halloween

October is officially here – and for anyone who loves Halloween, it’s been a long time coming! Here in Florida, it feels like summer is finally on its way out. While we don’t get to experience the crunching of fallen leaves in all their outstanding Fall colors, we still get shelves of apple cider at the grocery store and multiple pumpkin patches that sprout up all over the city around this time. Did you happen to catch last week’s blog about how signs can positively impact your profits this year if you own a pumpkin patch?

So what else can a custom sign help you with? What about an awesomely creep-tacular sign for your haunted house? Whether you are in the official business of scaring people during Halloween with your own grisly haunted house walk-through tours, or if you just like to put something together for the neighborhood every year, we guarantee that there is a sign for every possible occasion.

So when putting together your annual scare fest and you’re mapping out what attractions and events will be where, a custom sign may be just what the Dr. Frankenstein ordered! With all the haunted house tutorials and DIY’s out there, there are a number of spooky custom signs out there to breathe some haunted Halloween life into your soon-to-be house of horrors!

Need some inspiration? Here are a few of our favorite Halloween signs that would be perfect for use in and around a haunted house!

custom zombie quarantine sign

1. Perfect way to up your creep factor this year. This sign looks just real enough to make your guests shiver and shake and wonder what if. Add some fake blood, some caution tape, and some creaky door noises to make your guests feel like things are definitely going bump in the night and that those things may be creeping up behind them. A nice Autumn gust of wind is preferred, but you’ll have to take that up with mother nature.

no parking vampire sign

2. No sparkly Twilight vegetarian vampires here – these are the real deal! At least, that’s what your visitors will be made to believe when they see this fun sign! Again fake blood will be a must to pull this off! Easy to find at any craft store, splatter the ‘blood’ around your parking area for a realistic effect!

custom high voltage frankenstein halloween sign

3. Okay so maybe this one isn’t all that scary – but it could be! For fans of Frankenstein and for those who want to capture the energy of this classic horror story and maybe reanimate it – or breathe new life into it (okay, enough with the Frankenstein references, you get the picture), this sign is a must! Perfect for haunted laboratories and graveyards!

Here at Custom Signs, we’ve been in the sign manufacturing industry for over sixty years. Founded way back in 1954 when times were far simpler, we’ve grown in leaps and bounds! Benefit from our decades of experience and expertise when you place an order with us. Our turnaround time is fantastic and our customer service is equally as great.

Do you have a specific spooky sign design in mind? Great! Visit our homepage, upload your artwork file, and we’ll get in touch with you faster than you can say bat wing stew! Get the ball rolling on this years Halloween bash and order your new custom Halloween sign today!

The Secret To Successful Pumpkin Patches This Fall

Who says that Florida doesn’t have seasons? Yes there are certain temperatures and days in the blistering hot summer where it is just too hot to go to the beach. No, just because it doesn’t snow in the wintertime does not mean it isn’t still freezing outside – and what is that period of time that takes place after the sweltering summer heat begins to subside and all the kids go back to their classrooms around the country? We like to call that wonderful season Fall.

Yes, even way down here at the tip of the continental United States, we experience those famous autumn days – and I can promise you, that we are every bit as excited for them as the rest of the country. From cozy knit sweaters, to pumpkin spice lattes, and relaxing nights with the fall breeze filling our homes through open windows (a rarity in Florida) – words cannot express how excited we get for this wonderfully cozy time of year! Even though our leaves may not change in the same colorful ways that their northern counterparts do, there are still plenty of other seasonal sights, signs, and activities that we have come to associate with Fall regardless of the lack of Fall foliage.

But next to the changing leaves, what else signals the arrival of Fall? Pumpkin patches! Yes, pumpkins appear to be the perfect decoration to add to any home no matter if it’s to decorate for Halloween or Thanksgiving! But instead of buying from your neighborhood grocery store – a pumpkin patch is always the best way to go when celebrating the new season! So when that Autumn season pokes its head around the corner and all the pumpkins have been harvested and are ready to go, how can you make sure that your own particular pumpkin patch gets noticed and makes a decent profit this year?

We here at Custom Signs have never made a secret of our dedication and commitment to helping business owners big and small. With our awesome high quality products, we work hard to make sure that your business gets the kind of attention it deserves with the help of some attention grabbing signs. For the past six decades, we’ve dedicated ourselves to perfecting both our craft as well as outstanding customer service skills.

Whether you want a custom engraved sign, a detailed full color printed sign or a reusable banner that can be used over and over again, we’ve got you covered! Banners in particular are great for small road side stands or businesses! Large, bold, and capable of a full spectrum of colors, our large banners make your stand easy to see from the road when driving past, or even if your potential customers are walking in the distance. While engraved signs work well and will also suit your business just fine, banners easily fold up and can be stored nearly anywhere and when it comes time to take them out again – they look good as new!

Already have your design in mind? Perfect! Just email us your artwork and we’ll do the rest! Here at Custom Signs, we pride ourselves on our stellar turnaround time and look forward to helping your business grow!

What You Need To Know Now About Signs For Your Business

Got business signs? We know the term may be a bit broad but the truth is, there really are a variety of signs present at any place of business. From restaurants to offices, the number as well as the types of signs displayed can vary greatly. Sports bars may feature novelty signs, as well as bathroom signs and a standard sign stating that they don’t serve alcohol to anyone who is unable to produce a legal form of identification. An office on the other hand will need office signs, conference room signs, stairs or elevator signs, and of course bathroom signs.

But just how important are signs to your business? Very important. Making sure that your place of business is displaying the proper signage could be a big deal and not just have an impact on your sales and overall press, but if you fail to follow proper signage procedure it could lead to city, state, or county fines. When in doubt, always check with your local legislature before purchasing any new signage (especially outdoor signs) online. For example, in New Jersey handicap parking signs must meet particular state regulations by displaying the fine amount clearly and for all potential violators to see.

Another awesome benefit to business signs, is the guarantee that your guests and customers will never get lost. How many times have you found yourself awkwardly wandering around a restaurant or a mall, tirelessly searching for a bathroom? The answer? Probably more often than you would like to admit. With proper restroom signage, you can make sure that no one on you premises ever has to experience that directionless feeling again.custom office signs

The feeling of being lost isn’t just a phenomenon limited to looking for a restroom sign, this can apply to almost anything from fitting rooms, to your college professors office, because let’s face it, some of those faculty administration buildings can feel as though they were designed by the makers of PacMan. Making sure that your business displays proper and sufficient signage can save people a lot of time down the road.

For over sixty years, our factory facilities have been catering to businesses and offices across the country, big and small alike. We here at Custom Signs know how important your business is to you and know that you only wish to present your customers and guests with your absolute best representation of yourself. Even if your business is just starting out, with our products, you can still make a statement without breaking the bank. We believe that shopping for something as basic as business signs should be easy and without any hidden fees. Unlike some of our competitors, we don’t believe in minimum purchases, and our quick turnaround time is the stuff of manufacturing legend. Each and every day we receive tons of orders, some big some small, but regardless of their size, our trusted and seasoned employees work hard to get as many high quality orders shipped out as soon as possible and often within one business day of being processed. Our commitment to excellence in customer service doesn’t just stop there! Each and every order that we receive is automatically granted free two day shipping! We know that running a business is hard enough as it is, that’s why we don’t want our customers to have to worry about anything. When you place an order with Custom Signs, you can be sure that you’re placing an order with the best! Order your new business signs today!

Another School Year Another PTA Fundraiser

It has been a very hot summer. And even though it may feel like summer just started after our incredibly long and brutal winter, already the air is beginning to change – well, sort of. Down here in Florida, we’re still experiencing ninety to one hundred degree days but as strange as it sounds, the air doesn’t smell as hot. Instead, the air has that same fall-like crisp scent that is beginning to creep in and slowly but surely push out the heat.

PTA fundraising custom banner 2Want to know another way we know the summer is on its way out? School buses! Yep the kids have been back from their summer camps and trips to visit their grandparents, and now it’s time for school again. The school supplies have been bought, and depending on which part of the country you live, your kids may already be back in class. And as any seasoned parent could tell you, it is only a matter of time before you start receiving flyers for upcoming fundraisers, book fairs, talent shows, or even a fall carnival. While these can be tons of fun for the kids to participate in, every year the school seems to push for more and more participation from parents, and that’s a great thing!

Organizations like the Parent Teacher Association have made it their mission to improve upon the educational experiences of their students through parent teacher involvement and better communication. And even though putting together one of these fundraisers can sometimes be costly, oftentimes you’ve got to be able to spend some money in order to make money. Organizations such as the Parent Teacher Organization (more commonly referred to as the PTA) put together these events in an effort to generate more money for the school and the education of our kids!

PTA fundraising custom banner 3So with that being said, why not get your PTA to invest in some basic materials that will benefit your fundraising goals for years and years to come? Here at Custom Signs, we know all about the numerous benefits to having a custom banner or two lying around. Our banners made available in a multitude of sizes for your convenience and can feature anything from text to brightly colored images that won’t fade over time. Our banners consist of only the most durable of vinyl materials and are handmade right here in our manufacturing plant in Jacksonville, FL. At Custom Signs we are firm believers in delivering our customers with the highest quality products and materials at the lowest possible costs.

As an added quality control step, our supervisors review each and every order before they leave our shipping department and are placed on the truck for delivery into the hands of our eager customers. The fact of the matter is that custom vinyl banners can hold up against the test of time as well as against the elements. For a PTA with limited funds, investing in a handful of banners as they become necessary for whatever fundraising event is being put together, can work to grab your guests and audience’s attention while at the same time helping your cause to look professional and well organized.

Make the investment and watch these banners work to pay to themselves and more! Order

Banners Win!

It’s almost that time of year again! The school buses are gassing up, teachers stocking their class rooms with all the essentials for the school year, and beefing up their lesson plans and agendas. Elsewhere on the school grounds, the grass is being cut and lines are being marked on a field that will be the center of activity in just a few short weeks. These telling signs all point to the same thing. That’s right; the new school year is almost here! And with it comes one of our most loved sports – football.

Our American version of football has been around for hundreds of years with its origins lying in the school yards of Europe. After a series of changes and gaining immense popularity in the 19th century both in colleges as well as in the backyards of neighbors, the game eventually turned into the multi-billion dollar industry that we know it is today.

So every year around September when the air begins to develop that faint chill signaling the arrival of fall, the grade schools, colleges, and NFL fans all start to get ready for the season’s kickoff. House parties, tail gating, and barbecues are just a few of the festivities that take place. We here at Custom Signs are lucky enough to live in Jacksonville where we get to play host to our very own NFL team the Jacksonville Jaguars.

football fans signs

So how do you plan on supporting your favorite team this year and in the years to come? Of course you’ll buy tickets to games, or maybe even season passes so you can go to the games year round, but what else can you do? You’ve got the tickets and the jerseys; why not really show your support and devotion to your team with a custom banner?

And what about your kids team this year? Do you have a sneaking suspicion that you may be raising the next Tom Brady or Ray Lewis? That’s a big deal! Make sure they’re prepared! Giving confidence and boosting self esteem where we can is extremely important while kids are still in grade school. So whether or not your child is the next big thing in the sports world, it never hurts to encourage those dreams and aspirations any way you can, and what better way to do that than with a great big banner supporting them?

Great for when you go to games with a group, you’ll undoubtedly look better than all the other fans and families with their handmade poster board signs. And what usually happens to those signs when Mother Nature takes a turn for the worst and rain pours down on the field? Those handmade cardboard and paper signs will be absolutely destroyed. But not our trusted custom vinyl banners!

Made here in our factories, our machinery and equipment guarantees top results every time. We supply banners for all sorts of businesses, as well as events and we see no reason why not football games. Send us your artwork design or text and we’ll be sure to get it to you in time for this years kickoff to another great season.

Whether you’re a die hard NFL fan, forever loyal and faithful to your college team, or just have kids in need of support and encouragement a custom made banner will make everyone a winner!

Don’t Let Your Summer Go Up In Flames!

July has officially arrived and so has summer! And while we admit that our summer’s could be hotter, the heat here can be over powering at times. This past year in particular has been especially brutal. It feels like just yesterday we were wearing our winter coats and boots and now here we are in flip flops, shorts, and plenty of sunscreen.

But as any resident of any truly hot area could tell you, this is the time of year for wildfires. Some areas that are especially prone to fire hazards perform controlled burning to help minimize the risk to local dwellers but sometimes during the summer it just isn’t enough. Just the other day in Sacramento, California officials issued a fire warning to residents and advised them to avoid outdoor activities that could set off sparks.

Unfortunately for fourth of July fans, sometimes this particular type of weather can put a damper on both city and private plans for fireworks, as well as outdoor grilling and other seasonal outdoor activities.

custom signs house fire no smoking signsBut one thing in particular that often goes unnoticed, are those cigarettes that get lit time and time again during breaks at work on in back yards, or even front yards. It may seem like such a small thing but failing to properly put a cigarette could have disastrous consequences. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 62,631 fires are caused by humans each year in the United States alone. With statistics like that, taking extra precautions in the summer time may just mean saving your house or place of business.

While whether you choose to smoke in or around your own home is entirely up to you, your particular place of business may decide to take added precautions by installing No Smoking Signs outside. Here at Custom Signs, we offer a wide variety of No Smoking sign designs and styles. Most of our signs are engraved on thick plastic to better ensure durability but we do offer printing options as well.

Free and fast two day shipping and with no hidden set up fees or minimums, you may not get it in time for the fourth of July but you’ll definitely be able to utilize your new signs for the rest of summer and help prevent fires at the same time!

Down here in Florida, we know what the hot summer months can do and look forward to doing our part to stay safe!custom signs no smoking area

Beware of Dog!

bring dog work day custom signsLast week ended with our annual Bring Your Dog To Work Day which put smiles on all our faces! But a lot of preparation went into making it a success.  We cleaned up our work stations in advance and stocked the break room with more doggy treats than necessary. With over 60 employees, we had quite a few dogs on-site but with that came a lot of responsibility.

The old saying goes that the best experience is someone else’s experiences.  With that in mind, if you’re considering having your own Bring Your Dog To Work Day, we’ve got a couple pointers!  So, how did Custom Signs pull it off?  Check out these 3 top tips from those who made it a success.

1. Installing a Beware Of Dog Sign

custom signs beware of dog yard signWhat many people probably don’t know is that we actually have a physical location with a complete showroom of products for customers to browse. A number of which often choose to come in and pick up their orders in person. So in to keep things as safe as possible, we decided to install our very own Beware of Dog sign right on our front door just to give our customers a friendly heads up. A Beware of Dog sign is great for warning people not only about the presence of a dog, but also as a reminder to respect the territory of the animal. And while yes, our dogs are domesticated, like wild animals they won’t hesitate to react in the event that they feel threatened.

Here at Custom Signs, we’ve got an array of dog sign designs for you to choose from. From simple designs to more effective and ferocious designs, we’re sure you’ll find just the thing you need.

2. Important Employee Information

When giving our employees the option to bring their dog to work, obviously we had to set up a few rules just to ensure that everyone and their dog stayed as safe as possible. So what did we come up with?

– All dogs must be fixed. 

– All dogs must be up to date on all of their shots.

– If you can’t control your dog, don’t bring it.

We love animals as much as the next company, but no one wants to see a terrier peeing on a laser engraver that costs way more than a year supply of dog food – especially our boss. And with all the other dogs around, we need our employees to be able to handle their own dog should some of our furry companions decide not to get along with each other.

3. Clean Up Work Spaces

We know we said it before but we cannot stress this point enough. Working in a custom sign manufacturing facility there are all sorts of pieces and parts of all sizes that are essential to what we do but that may be seen as edible to a dog. An emergency trip to the vet is the last thing anyone wants on a busy afternoon!manufacturing plant

We can’t tell you how excited we were to get to play host to all of our dogs! We hope that when you plan your own Bring Your Dog To Work Day you keep these few tips and tricks in mind!

Big Changes From The ADA Sign Depot – Custom Signs

braille ada regulationsAs any and all business owners will tell you, when it comes to the ADA, it is usually a good idea to keep up to date on any and all changes that they seem fit to make. Warning, fines, and all sorts of negative ramifications tend to follow if you choose to stay in the dark. But with so many new rules, regulations, and specifications rolling out on a near constant basis, keeping up on the absolute latest news can sometimes be a little difficult to manage.

Countless websites spring up detailing all the ADA regulation guidelines for Braille signs, among other things but then when more new and updates come out of the ADA, these same sites may fail to update their users with the new information. As a result an increasing amount of businesses fail may miss all important information that could save them headaches in the future.

Finally after years of these problems, the ADA has sought to rectify the issue and provide business owners with a most welcome alternative to navigating through countless pages of information in an effort to stay up to date.

Now when a business owner wants to make sure that their business is up to the regulations set forth by the ADA, all they have to do is visit their website! Just recently the ADA has enabled a chat feature on their website designed to give businesses and business owners more clarity in regards to their signage. Should you choose to not chat with the ADA, they have had a long existing option to sign up for email updates pertaining to any news or new sign regulations. Ultimately the company is truly making an effort to make things easier for businesses as well as their cause.

Are your signs up to code?

Once you talk to an ADA representative, rest assured that Custom Sign’s can get your ADA signs updated in no time and fit to pass any regulations that may have been implemented. Like you, we too need to stay up to date on all things in the signage industry. We offer over 30 different color options, 12 font choices, and multiple backing possibilities depending on what kind of material you plan to attach your new custom sign to.

All of our signs are made up of only the toughest of all PVC plastics and are either engraved or printed to your specifications. Available in a variety of colors, we aim to give all of our customers as many options and control over your final product as we possibly can while still keeping with all ADA regulations. We offer over 30 different color options, 12 font choices, and multiple backing possibilities depending on what kind of material you plan to attach your new custom sign to.

Are all of your signs needing to be replaced? Don’t worry about it! With Custom Signs, we even offer a quantity bulk discount when you order 25 or more signs! Score anywhere from 10% to 30% off of your order today!

5 Steps To The Perfect "Man Cave"

New York Giants Man Cave

Among the male population, there is an overwhelming opinion that every man is in need of his own private space – lovingly referred to as the “Man Cave”. It’s not that men don’t love and appreciate their girlfriends, wives, and children, it’s just that every once in a while they feel the need to retreat and just relax – much like everyone does in their lives. But while children long for the great outdoors, and women crave all day shopping trips & gossip enriched lunches with friends; men want all the comforts of home, without actually being home – a place to call their own but still be close to their loved ones.

Most guys ask “how do I build the perfect man cave?” While there are plenty of examples out there of awesome space ideas – where do you even start?

5. The Fridge

Remember that part I mentioned about a man cave having all the comforts of home? Well here’s where that kicks in. By starting this project with the refrigerator, not only will you be giving your brain the power it needs to come up with creative and cool ideas, but you’ll also be able to enjoy a great meal now and then whenever you want because it’s going in your new space!

4. The Alcohol

Now we’re not saying that immediately after eating you should start drinking- you’ll never get anything accomplished at that rate! What we are saying is that it never hurt anyone to have some on hand when watching a game or hosting a party. Besides, what is one of the worst things about a typical guy’s night out? The cost! Whether you’re watching the game down the street, or just trying to hang out, it’s nearly impossible to go out and do anything fun for free. What’s worse is that place down the street I mentioned is willing to charge you $8 for whiskey and $7 for a Bud Light- seriously? Now that you have your own designated masculine space and you don’t feel the need to go out somewhere to just get away, you can manage to actually save some money by mixing your own drinks or buying your own beer.

3. The Video Games

Speaking of video games, who says you’re too old to play them? You’re a fully grown adult with a day job, and nice car, and you pay your own bills – if you want to play video games in your spare time, that’s your prerogative and no one else’s! However, your wife certainly doesn’t seem to think so; so why not move your multiple generations of Xbox and Playstation’s into your new man cave, set up a display shelf for your games, and relax.

2. The Flat Screen

Perhaps one of the most essential things for any actual man cave to have is a giant flat screen TV. Well maybe not giant, but as big as you can find on craigslist within your budget – what else are you supposed to watch all of the major sporting events, or video games on? With the presence of a TV you’ll be able to host Superbowl or NBA Playoff Parties with your other friends!

1. Give Me A Sign

Last but not least- the most important thing that no man cave is complete without – an official man cave sign. After telling your wife and answering all her questions and concerns like “why?”, refuting the “are you unhappy?” questions, and violently denying the eventually “You don’t want to be with me?”- you’re finally allowed to utilize the garage / den / basement area of the house. First thing is first, get yourself a sign! Here at, we’ve made it our mission to provide the men of the world with as many quality sign design options as we can muster in order to help them define their space in any way they choose!

Now that you’ve got your very own Man Cave sign, a fridge, some drinks, a TV, and some video games- you’re good to go! Maybe throw some color on your walls or hang up some wall art for some added style while you’re getting used to your new space- invite some friends over, hangout, and unwind.

The Industrial Side of Signs

fire truck industrial signWhen we think about signs, typically it’s the massive billboards that line the roads on morning commutes that come to mind. Store hours signs, bathroom signs, and ‘Open’ and ‘Closed’ signs for businesses follow closely behind. It may seem strange that we have to take a moment just to think about all the different types of signs we see on an everyday basis but it’s not as uncommon as you may think.

The truth is that signs are everywhere, so naturally we no longer see them. Just like with Smartphones, GPS, and McDonald’s on virtually every corner, we’ve become desensitized and immune their presence. So how do you make sure that your sign gets noticed? Why not try something different!valve tag industrial sign

Typically when people think about signs, we think about a big square or rectangular shape with some printed text or a flashy image, but it shouldn’t stop there. The fact of the matter is that there are multitudes of different signs of all shapes and sizes! Desk plates, office signs, business signs, even name tags are considered to be variations on the classic sign template. And while most signs are widely believe to be of a square, rectangle, or sometimes even oval shape- signs come in a limitless amount of shapes and can be made specifically for ones industry, or unique needs. 

Here at, we know that sometimes your industry may call for a sign of a specific size or even a specific shape. At our factories, there are no limits to what our machines can do!  Whether you manufacture fire trucks, need valve tags, or have a need for any other type of industrial sign, we’ve got you covered. Our engraved signs are made up of some of the most durable materials we can get our hands on, guaranteed to survive the toughest conditions.

Oftentimes, these industrial signs are used for safety purposes, to label, organize, and prevent injuries or costly mistakes when repairing homes, or operating industry specific equipment on an everyday basis. To ensure that the text on your signs remain visible and clear, we engrave our signs to your specifications and then double check your order before we ship it out to you just to make sure that you are getting the professionalism and quality service that you are paying for!

Order from us today! You won’t be disappointed!