Susan Farrington is a mixed media artist and illustrator. She lives in beautiful New England and is looking forward to every-single-thing about autumn. One of her favorite activities is to hunt for materials to incorporate into her art. She collects Halloween memorabilia, postcards, ephemera, glass pitchers, globes, vintage shoe pin cushions, bird imagery, shell boxes, Victorian scrapbooks, old hats and anything else that strikes her fancy.
When I was little I loved Halloween. When I was 8 or 9, I saved cereal box tops to send away for an 8-foot-tall Frankenstein poster with glow-in-the-dark eyes. I decided that Frank needed some company on my bedroom walls, so I drew dozens of pictures of ghosts, haunted houses, graveyards, and jack-o-lanterns. I covered every inch of those walls with Halloween imagery.
The combination of falling leaves, crisp air and glowing pumpkins is an irresistible brew, so when this time o’ year rolls around I am at my happiest!
Pumpkins are essential. I play a great game with my kids: we see who can count the most houses that have pumpkins when we are driving around. Sometimes we will stop to admire a particularly beautiful (or extreme) specimen.
I have seven steps that lead up to my front door, and I get a pumpkin for each step. I prefer the orange, yellow-orange and red varieties. I also like the ones with warts. They seem appropriate for the season —as if a witch had planted them. I tend to get a couple of white ones as well for inside the house. You can never have too many!
The other thing I love about Halloween is dressing up. I have spotted some of the coolest hats, shoes, jewelry and masks on Etsy. Who wouldn’t love to step out in these beauties!
I think this would be a perfect witch hat, even though it doesn’t have the traditional point. Sometimes you just have to go your own way when choosing the best witch look.
This mask is a work of art. Am I right?
Then there’s the jewelry. This ring says,”Yes, I love Halloween and I am wearing a bat ring to acknowledge that fact.”
Wear something that gives a nod to Halloween iconography — owls, snakes, bats, tombstones, bats, cats, pumpkins, ghosts or skeletons all work. This snake bracelet is insanely gorgeous!
Now let’s talk home décor. A print or two (or ten) helps get everyone into the spirit …
I particularly love this sweet (and accurate) print by Rebecca Artimisa.
In SamieSam’s shop, you’ll find wonderful prints of skeletons in a variety of costumes and situations. Really clever!
There is a surreal, mysterious beauty to this photograph by Ginette Brosseau. It is perfect for the season.
For those of us whose taste tends toward the macabre, this wall chart is incredible.
And oh, the little touches …
A selection of vintage apothecary jars make a fun yet creepy vignette .
You can also buy inexpensive jars and put your own labels on them. These are just plain gorgeous.
Another fun idea is to take a bell jar and place spooky edible items inside …
You had me at candy snakes!
These sugar skulls would look amazing on a cake stand or on top of a cake. Either decorated or left plain, they are fantastic.
Let’s not forget the ceilings. This bat garland would make any room festive!
Yes, it’s true. Halloween is my holiday. And why not? It’s important to celebrate the mysterious, the unknown, the spooky and the unearthly. The countdown continues!