Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Ceramics for the Macabre

The skull teapots from Pottery by Vanessa C caught my eye right away. They're awesome and the tea cups and jars are great too! These are the kind of pieces you highlight at Halloween, but use all year long.

Ceramic Skull Teapot

Vampire Tea Cup

Vase with Skull Rim

Set of 3 Skull Ginger Jars

Creepy Doll Head Music Box

Set of 2 Skull Candleholders 

Wondering what the music box plays? Click the link for a video.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Retro Hip Halloween!

I first looked at Kitschy Witch Designs back in 2018 and since then the shop has expanded to include clothing and even eyewear! It's more fabulous than ever, and I would bookmark this shop if I were you because I expect there will be an update in time for Halloween. Artist and shop owner, Stephanie Buscema is so creative.

Wunderkammer- Marjorie Dress

Luna Sunglasses

Hallowe'en Time Scarf

Welcome to Oz Camp Shirt

Sleepy Hollow Black Beaded Chain Necklace

The Pumpkin Patch Batch 4-Pin Set

Which Witch? Brooch

Definitely take a look around the shop, I think you'll find something you like.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Halloween Wrapping Paper!

I don't know about you, but I like to give gifts at Halloween. No one is expecting it and there is no need for reciprocity. If you do that too, you'll love the spooky wrapping papers from Skelly Paper Co. They're just the right touch to take your gift to another level. 

Pastel Mugkins Wrapping Paper

Flor de Muerto Wrapping Paper

Samhain Stars Wrapping Paper

The Troublemakers Wrapping Paper

Halloween's Finest Wrapping Paper

Skelly Sticker Sheets

Aren't these fun?! I feel like it need several sheets of the Mugkins paper to represent Shivers of Delight gift giving, but I also want the Troublemakers. Decisions, decisions.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

My Spooky Agenda August 25 - September 1

It's as if the Halloween world is holding its breath this week. August is always a little quiet because everyone is planning and prepping for September and the grand finale of October. That doesn't mean there isn't anything to celebrate, just a little less than usual. This is a good time to start watching some dark movies. You know you always say you don't have enough time in October to watch everything you'd like. 

If you haven't ever watched the dark comedy Harold and Maude, I highly recommend it. It's as sweet as it is dark and it will stay with you long after the 90 minute film is over. Of course, Ruth Gordon is also spectacular in Rosemary's Baby as the friendly, caring, totally creepy neighbor. 

Throw in an episode of Scooby-Doo to cleanse your palette and then explore a movie from director Wes Craven. That should keep you busy this week!

Thursday the 26th

  • (2020) Joe Ruby Death Anniversary (Co-creator of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?)

Saturday the 28th

  • (1985) Ruth Gordon Death Anniversary (Minnie Castevet in Rosemary's Baby & Maude in Harold and Maude)

Monday the 30th

  • (2015) Wes Craven Death Anniversary (Horror Film Director, Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, and so many others )

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Mr. Bony's Nurse Shop Update!

I'm a big fan of the paper mâché and clay Halloween art from Mr. Bony's Nurse. I've featured the artist's work (she remains anonymous no matter how hard I look!) in the past and I've noticed a recent shop update with lots of new figures. Best part is that so many of them are either nodders or wind-ups! You can see short videos of them on Etsy. I really like the direction this artist is taking, an I thought I'd share them with you.

Wind-Up Devil with Spinning Ghosts

Halloween Mantle Clock
Devil Nodder on Skull Candy Container

Devil on a Crow Pull Toy

Wind-Up Ghost with Baby in Carriage

Skeleton Nodder on Halloween Clock

There are so many great pieces in this shop right now! Head over quickly before they're gone.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Halloween Florals Arrangements

Well, it started. I'm getting that Halloween anxiety of being behind schedule. Fortunately, I had some time yesterday afternoon (during our very non-hurricane, just a rainy day Sunday) to do at least a little planning. One thing is becoming very clear- it will have to be an outdoor party this year. I'm still not comfortable having a large group of people in our house. Hmph. 

With that in mind, I want our house interior to be a little special for Halloween season. Sure there are Halloween decorations everywhere in our house all the time, but it's the little details that count. I'm thinking it would be nice to have a spooky, elegant, centerpiece for our dining table. I'm not a huge fan of fake plastic flowers, but have been known to make exceptions. I also found some interesting paper flowers. Here are some pieces I'm considering (unless you buy them first..)

Halloween Arrangement with Pumpkin Spiders from The Milling Stone

Black Cat Centerpiece from Seasonal Accent

Halloween Flower Arrangement from Shoppe at Hallows End

Owl Floral Arrangement from Sparkle With Style

Gothic Floral Arrangement with Bird Skull from Peculiar Petals Co

Paper Rose Bouquet from Pages of Edgar Allan Poe from Literary Blooms

Black Paper Floral Bouquet from Ruby and Cosette

I think these are all stunning, but I may have a problem seeing my husband across the table from me because these are so tall. Perhaps the buffet would be a better place for them. But then again, I can see my husband any time.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

It's All About Witches for the Next 7 Days

This week there are a lot of events around witch trials. August seems to be a month when accusations, trials, and hangings are rampant. Maybe that's why I've never been a fan of August? 

I rarely mention murders in My Spooky Agenda because they are not things to celebrate. I'm always afraid it will glorify violence- which I abhor, but in the case of witch trials I do note them because I think it's important to remember the falsely accused and how easy it is to believe lies, rumors, and false leaders. I also want to note that I separate the term witches into two categories: caricatures of Halloween witches and those that practice Wicca or a similar spiritual belief. Those accused of witchcraft were neither. Now that that's clear let's move on!

Wednesday the 18th

Thursday the 19th

Saturday the 21st

Remember kids, it's all fun and games until someone dies.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Vaccine ID Card Holders for Halloween Lovers

I've been a little slow to get any new face masks or even purchase a holder for my vaccine card. I was hoping that the COVID virus was on the decline, but it looks like we'll be in this mess until most everyone is vaccinated - and there are more simple-minded folks out there than even I had imagined.  Don't get me started.

If you're not vaccinated yet, please do it. I want to be able to enjoy Halloween this year.

However, I always tell myself to make the best of the situation I'm in and so, I found some really fun vaccine ID cards holders that I want to share with you. I haven't decided which one I'm buying yet, but I'll be displaying my card with pride.

Vaccine Voodoo Doll from triwizardemporium

Sugar Skull Card Holder from YaYNovelty

Zombie ID Holder from My Rainy Day Designs

Plague Doctor Pass from Baubles by Ashley

Harry Potter I Solemnly Swear ID Holder from Stitcharella Design

Plague Pass Vaccination ID Holder from Little Dumpling Arts

Plague Doctor Warning ID Holder from Little Dumpling Arts

Bat Vaccine ID Holder from Sparkle Pickle Store

Mothman ID Holder from Bitter Optimist Shop

Planchette Vaccine ID Holder from Bitter Optimist Shop

Skull Double Pocket ID Holder from Loop the Look

When ordering make sure the ID holder fit vaccine cards for your country.