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Guest Curator: Not Martha

Oct 21, 2009

by meganr handmade and vintage goods

Megan Reardon studied costume design and construction in college before being distracted by making websites. After moving to San Francisco she found herself building a website about all the projects and inspirations she was obsessing over while building websites for other people. After moving to Seattle she started a small business selling handmade knitting needle cases called The Organized Knitter. These days she is a founding member of the Grassroots Business Organization and continues to keep track of all the things she hopes to find again over at Not Martha. She has several knitting patterns published in books and at, and once wove small baskets out of bacon in the hopes that the dazzle would disguise the fact that she isn’t such a great cook.

I have always loved Halloween. My birthday is in October and as a child I thought Halloween was just for me (confession, I still sort of think that). I’ve picked out a few things for costumes and Halloween parties that delighted, surprised or downright frightened me.


Instant Cemetery Display

This Instant Cemetery Display will have your buffet spread covered for spook factor. By crafterella, $35.

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Little Miss Muffit Burlesque Style Corset

I am afraid of spiders and find this Little Miss Muffit costume clever and absolutely terrifying. By TheBohemianGoddess, $165.

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big ‘ol ceramic monster cereal bowl

skeletaldropkick‘s shop is full of spooky faced dishes. I sort of want to comfort this guy. $27.50.

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Bat Wing Neck Corset

This neck corset is mesmerizing. Pin your hair up, put on a strapless dress and it’s a costume. By idolatre, $50.

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Glass Bird Skull

vandycraft‘s hand blown glass bird skull is delicate and spooky. $80.

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Zombies Attack Pack Vinyl Wall Art Graphic-CHOOSE ANY COLOR-

They are coming for you. When I came across this vinyl wall art, I had to look away for a while to calm down. By Pillboxdesigns, $35.99.

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Small Curly Curly Duo – Octopus Tentacle Earrings

Everybody needs tentacles for their ears. These mismatched earrings are awfully creepy. By OctopusMe, $65.

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Bite Me Hand-Painted BCBGirls Patent Leather Peeptoe Platforms Size 10 Orange

These would complement a little black dress for Halloween so nicely. By electricbluebird, $48.

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Lacy Leaf leather Art Nouveau mask in black

This mask is ethereal and looks very comfortable. By TomBanwell, $39.

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Sea Nymph Pigtail set- IN STOCK

These pigtail falls are named Sea Nymph, but I hope she doesn’t mind if I suggest that would work equally well as hair for a perky witch. By cleowolfus, $82.

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Jurassic Amber Soap (with insect)

This amber soap with bugs would make a great hostess gift for your friend who throws the best Halloween parties. By amandalouise, $6.

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Autopsy T-shirt in Black

The autopsy t-shirt was hand stitched by a former funeral director. Enough said, yes? By nancygamon, $29.

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Sterling Silver Spider Earrings – Along Came an Arachnid

BeadsInTheBelfry has found a sweet and creepy spot with these spider earrings. $52.

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The Incredible Visible Man

I want the Incredible Visible Man to watch over the guacamole. From bellalulu, $27.50.

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Finger Puppet (Jumbo)- Mr. Wonderful

madebymoxie‘s hand puppet comes with his own mustache on a stick, clearly he is ready for a costume party. $125.

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handsoap set

A group of baby hands reaching up to… clean your guests. By foliage, $18.

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undeadWe Tshirt (51 icons of re-animations)

A collection of undead horror and fantasy characters. If you end up waiting in a long line you can pass the time by trying to name them all. By chopshopstore, $23.

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Gothic Halloween Party – Printable Download PDF

If you’re short on time, this collection of downloadable and printable Halloween decorations will make you look more on top of things than you are. (Nobody needs to know.) Includes bag toppers, napkin rings, cupcake wrappers, window decorations, snack bags, bottle labels, a Halloween banner and more. By paperandcake, $8.

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vintage party tray

This party tray is darling, and so useful. From leVintageMaison, $68.

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SPIDER Temporary Tattoos (Set of 5)

Buttonhead‘s spider temporary tattoos creep me out. I want them. $5.

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Pumpkin pie truffles

These pumpkin pie truffles would make a great hostess gift. By VintageConfections, $12.

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sexy BATS TATTOO knee-high socks LIGHT MOCHA

Appropriate for the office and perfect for Halloween. I really like all of post‘s tattoo socks (hope she brings back the peacock feather design, it was stunning). $13.

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Instant Cemetery Display
Instant Cemetery Display
Little Miss Muffit Burlesque Style Corset
Little Miss Muffit Burlesque Style Corset
big 'ol ceramic monster cereal bowl
big 'ol ceramic monster cereal bowl
Small Curly Curly Duo - Octopus Tentacle Earrings
Small Curly Curly Duo - Octopus Tentacle Earrings
Bite Me Hand-Painted BCBGirls Patent Leather Peeptoe Platforms Size 10 Orange
Bite Me Hand-Painted BCBGirls Patent Leather Peeptoe Platforms Size 10 Orange
Lacy Leaf leather Art Nouveau mask in black
Lacy Leaf leather Art Nouveau mask in black
Sea Nymph Pigtail set-   IN  STOCK
Sea Nymph Pigtail set- IN STOCK
Jurassic Amber Soap (with insect)
Jurassic Amber Soap (with insect)
Autopsy T-shirt in Black
Autopsy T-shirt in Black
Sterling Silver Spider Earrings - Along Came an Arachnid
Sterling Silver Spider Earrings - Along Came an Arachnid
The Incredible Visible Man
The Incredible Visible Man
Finger Puppet (Jumbo)- Mr. Wonderful
Finger Puppet (Jumbo)- Mr. Wonderful
handsoap set
handsoap set
vintage party tray
vintage party tray
SPIDER Temporary Tattoos (Set of 5)
SPIDER Temporary Tattoos (Set of 5)
Pumpkin pie truffles
Pumpkin pie truffles
sexy BATS TATTOO knee-high socks LIGHT MOCHA
sexy BATS TATTOO knee-high socks LIGHT MOCHA


  • TillyBloom

    TillyBloom said 7 years ago

    Splendid picks, I love the Instant Cemetery. Perfect for paper doll funerals :-)

  • PoPkO

    PoPkO said 7 years ago

    i love those 'hand soaps'! I received some for my birthday and they are totally cool and also get nice and bubbly!

  • murphymae

    murphymae said 7 years ago

    I love all of these picks, the baby hand soaps are wonderful!

  • nat1489

    nat1489 said 7 years ago

    Great picks for Halloween!!!

  • beadsandbits

    beadsandbits said 7 years ago

    More creepy-cool delights! I love Halloween!!!

  • EdensWake

    EdensWake said 7 years ago

    This is all rather fabulous, and that monster cereal bowl is too cute! Great finds!

  • magpiefelts

    magpiefelts said 7 years ago

    Awesome stuff!

  • objetpetita

    objetpetita said 7 years ago

    Love that glass bird skull and the Jurassic soap - very cool.

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez said 7 years ago

    Cool stuff!

  • babook

    babook said 7 years ago

    Unique items of all .... very nice halloween pick .

  • moonovermaize

    moonovermaize said 7 years ago

    A bit of fun and a bit of creepy, perfect selections! I am a bit scared of spiders, but am really liking those temporary spider tattoos.

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 7 years ago

    wonderfully creepy pics! love Halloween too!

  • girlscantell

    girlscantell said 7 years ago

    i really don't like halloween, but these picks are fantastic!

  • topsyturvydesign

    topsyturvydesign said 7 years ago

    OOOoooOOOoo That autopsy shirt slays me :)

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 7 years ago

    vandycraft's hand blown glass bird skull is sweeet!!!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Very creative!

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 7 years ago

    love the vintage party tray and the autopsy shirt! both are their own special way!

  • blogbloglog

    blogbloglog said 7 years ago

    The baby doll hand soaps are to die.

  • coolranchstudio

    coolranchstudio said 7 years ago

    loving this spooky but sophisticated halloween gathering of goodies!

  • VintageHoneysuckle

    VintageHoneysuckle said 7 years ago

    Very fun finds!

  • cassidycay

    cassidycay said 7 years ago

    Wonderful! I love the octopus earrings and the pumpkin truffles look delish! I just found pumpkin ice cream at the grocery store and, needless to say, I am in full pumpkin-holiday swing!

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 7 years ago

    ooooh these have to be some of the funnest and awesome picks EVER! The Spider tattoos are copying mine I think though but mine don't come off;) That Miss muffet costume is Incredible!!!

  • 2ndcoming

    2ndcoming said 7 years ago

    love beadsinthebelfry :) great article

  • CraftedByDesign

    CraftedByDesign said 7 years ago

    These are all fantastic! I want all of them myself!

  • pinkytoeclothing

    pinkytoeclothing said 7 years ago

    So cool! Great picks! I have a Zombie Attack tee for kids, check it out!

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 7 years ago

    I love it!!! This was a super interesting and fun read; there's something fascinating about all the spookiness of halloween...

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 7 years ago

    Spooky good fun, thanks!

  • enhabiten

    enhabiten said 7 years ago

    fun stuff. love the glass bird skull and temp spider tattoos!

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 7 years ago

    Altogether ooky! Fantastic selections!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 7 years ago

    Perfectly spooky picks! The Jurassic Amber soap is a gem and that party tray couldn't be more perfect for autumn soiree.

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 7 years ago

    Nice picked!

  • YellowViolet

    YellowViolet said 7 years ago

    Love the bat wing neck corset. Would love to see the reactions I'd get wearing that to work in the corporate world! Nobody would bother me that day I'm sure!

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 7 years ago

    Nice choices! I love the blue dental bowl!

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 7 years ago

    A really great variety of spooky finds, but those spider tatoos CREEP ME OUT!!!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 7 years ago

    Love your picks! and happy soon to be birthday.

  • Oriol

    Oriol said 7 years ago

    Great and funny post! The "hand soaps set" are amazing!!!! :D

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 7 years ago

    This article is full of treats! I want a basket of bacon, filled with scrambled eggs please.

  • SmallEarthVintage

    SmallEarthVintage said 7 years ago

    Awesome! Fun, creepy finds. Except for VintageConfections' treats, which I can vouch for: they are *delicious*, not creepy. :)

  • VeraVague

    VeraVague said 7 years ago

    did you come shopping at my place? I have TWO visible men! That autopsy shirt is killing me... Ef Why Eye: AmandaLouise (aka SqueakyClean) not only makes great jurassic amber soap, but I personally can highly recommend the Blood really bleeds! (and makes you smell like sandalwood ;) Nice Picks, Not Martha!

  • VeraVague

    VeraVague said 7 years ago

    (shoot, I meant AmandaLouise is aka SqueakyQUEEN....sorry amanda :)

  • Fairyfolk

    Fairyfolk said 7 years ago

    Martha would be blown away but the creativity... Well done Etseans!! Blessings and magic.

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 7 years ago

    Great picks! Love the zombie wall art!

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 7 years ago

    crazy scary stuff! happy halloween!

  • Innerversion

    Innerversion said 7 years ago

    A stunning collection, I particularly love the bat socks and spider tattoos, really easy ways to dress up a simple halloween outfit without spending a fortune.

  • lovesmenot

    lovesmenot said 7 years ago

    these picks are great! the miss muffet costume is so creative and i want those baby hand soaps! so creepy and funny and cute all at once. i also need to use that leather leaf cutout mask for my etsy pics. happy birthday & halloween, not martha!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 7 years ago

    more fun halloween finds! love them all.. we have bunches of creative people is just oozing!

  • PunkUpBettie

    PunkUpBettie said 7 years ago

    Very cool items. Excellent picks!

  • Aquanetta

    Aquanetta said 7 years ago

    great picks! love the silver spiders :)

  • aymujer

    aymujer said 7 years ago

    That Autopsy Shirt is killer!

  • dorijenn

    dorijenn said 7 years ago

    Nice article. That photo for the Lacy Leaf Mask is stunning!

  • Radness

    Radness said 7 years ago

    Yay for handmade creepiness!

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 7 years ago

    Great picks! I love the autopsy shirt!

  • bstrung

    bstrung said 7 years ago


  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 7 years ago

    great picks! The tentacle earrings are one of my favorites!

  • thelittlecrocodile

    thelittlecrocodile said 7 years ago

    These are all wonderful!! You're making me regret deciding not to have our halloween party this year!

  • HouserWallis

    HouserWallis said 7 years ago

    the puppet is awesome!!

  • summerground

    summerground said 7 years ago

    So much fun! I wish more people would appreciate Halloween.

  • ConservationClothing

    ConservationClothing said 7 years ago

    Those pumplin pie truffles look scrumptious as does the party tray. My shop is full of vintage that would make awesome costumes for... Marie Antoinette Maid Marion Frida Kahlo Rodeo Queens / Flappers and more....

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

    these are just wonderful....i have a party coming up and these pics are getting me in the mood to decorate.

  • seababejewelry

    seababejewelry said 7 years ago

    The monster cerial bowl is sweet!

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 7 years ago

    oh dear... I'm one who doesn't really appreciate Halloween all that much. But these selections are totally creeping me out! (That neck corset photo is amazing ... and incredibly spooky - with the face covered like that.)

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    craftpile said 7 years ago


  • chasedreams

    chasedreams said 7 years ago

    Spooky fun! I love it.

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 7 years ago

    Super fun! Some really creepy stuff here! I LOVE the spider soap, autopsy shirt, and the sterling silver spider earrings! Thanks for sharing these cool finds!

  • ObsoleteBoutique

    ObsoleteBoutique said 7 years ago

    I enjoyed this

  • EarthBabyDesigns

    EarthBabyDesigns said 7 years ago

    My hubby would sooooo love that t-shirt and if he's really lucky, he'll get it in his Christmas stocking!

  • OopisNein

    OopisNein said 7 years ago

    this is wonderful.

  • pollyannacowgirlbags

    pollyannacowgirlbags said 7 years ago

    Wow! That bird skull is insane. Great list!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    great finds enjoyed my peruse.

  • stellaloella Admin

    stellaloella said 7 years ago

    I have been a fan of for years and years. I'm thrilled to see Megan as a guest curator here.

  • skeletaldropkick

    skeletaldropkick said 7 years ago

    Definitely one of the best Halloweens collection I have seen! The glass bird skull is amazing... Thanks for bringing these items into the light :)

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives said 7 years ago

    I love it all!

  • MyMoms

    MyMoms said 7 years ago

    So weird! Thanks for sharing!

  • cameoconnection

    cameoconnection said 7 years ago

    love it check me out wholesale cameo and jewelry making supplies and many other novelty.

  • trudiedavies

    trudiedavies said 7 years ago

    love the Sea Nymph Pigtail set- i need to buy a set!!

  • ShimmeringSky

    ShimmeringSky said 7 years ago

    I'm still gaping over the little Miss Muffet costume - awesome! Great picks & a great article!

  • zombiequeensusan

    zombiequeensusan said 7 years ago

    the autopsy t-shirt rocks!

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 7 years ago

    Wow, GREAT selection!!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 7 years ago

    Very creepy and fascinating selections!!! I enjoyed the spooky dishes and the silver spider earrings are cool. And the finger puppet was quite foolish! Just my style. :)

  • miccicohan

    miccicohan said 7 years ago

    I can't wait to share this with friends especially my costume designer friend! I'm in love with so many of these items. A truly amazing collection!

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin said 7 years ago

    :D so cool!

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 7 years ago

    very cool!

  • slumptown

    slumptown said 7 years ago

    amazing picks. Love them!

  • mooshoopork

    mooshoopork said 7 years ago

    love skeletaldropkick's little bowl ! oh so cute

  • BellyDancePrincess

    BellyDancePrincess said 7 years ago

    How cute is that finger puppet!

  • PrudenceOctavia

    PrudenceOctavia said 7 years ago

    all great choices ( cant stop thinking about those spider tattoos!)

  • vivikas

    vivikas said 7 years ago

    I really like your picks, the monster bowl specially!

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 7 years ago

    love the autopsy t-shirt... it gave me a little chuckle!

  • jmontesdesigns

    jmontesdesigns said 7 years ago

    I always loved halloween, thats funny u thought halloween was for u cuz my bday is feb. 14th and i always thought it was MY day too!! Great pics!!!

  • whitehaus

    whitehaus said 7 years ago

    so glad to now know about skeletaldropkick's shop. great picks:)

  • moonstr

    moonstr said 7 years ago

    yaay! love it all:)

  • SparklePaw

    SparklePaw said 7 years ago

    LOVE the instant cemetery display and baby hand soap!!

  • shopgoldmine

    shopgoldmine said 7 years ago

    awesome stuff! can't wait for HALLOWEEEN!!

  • outofline

    outofline said 7 years ago

    Wow. I love the handsoaps!

  • CustomDogBandanas

    CustomDogBandanas said 7 years ago

    Great items for Halloween! I love them all!

  • BPyarns

    BPyarns said 6 years ago

    great pics!

  • LadyLuLus

    LadyLuLus said 6 years ago

    Great picks! Lovely items :)

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Those truffles make me want to give up peanut butter cups. Great pics!

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