This year I’ve been decorating for a wicked good Halloween! It seems to me, that when looking through all my Halloween stash, I have a preponderance of witches and witch paraphernalia. How that’s happened throughout the years I don’t know – maybe it started with the influence of the play, Wicked. I love that play and have seen it a few times in different theaters.
I have no clue why I love Halloween because I don’t like scary things. If there is something on TV that’s a bit scary, I close my eyes or hide my face in my hands or run for the door! Scary movies? FugetAboutIt! I won’t go.
When I was 18, I went to my first haunted house. I was so scared that I never made it all the way through and exited at the first available exit. I’ve not been to a haunted house since, except rather recently when one of my girlfriends wheedle me into going to the one at Universal Studios with her and her boyfriend about 5 years ago. I clung to the back of her shirt all the way through with my eyes closed! I’m a wus!
But, interestingly, I love to decorate for Halloween. And, I’ve collected Halloween decorations every year even though we only have 2 Trick-or-Treaters – our great-nieces who live next door. That’s right, only 2! We live in the country and our “neighbors” really aren’t next door, but about 2 city blocks away.
But, decorating for a wicked good Halloween gives me an excuse to change things up and invite people over for parties! And, who doesn’t love a party? So, I’ve selected a few photos of wicked good decorations throughout my house to share:
This is our display in our living room on top of a cabinet. That’s a glorious red abstract painting above the cabinet (it’s 6 feet tall, so you are only seeing a portion of it) that was painted by my father. Art was his hobby and passion (he was an Air Force pilot) and I’m blessed to own lots of his artwork including this fabulous red one. Back to decorating for a wicked good Halloween…
This display is a combination of found stuff from around my house plus Halloween decorations. The candelabra on the left normally is on the table by my front entrance as is the glass cloche on the right. The weather vane sits on Charlie’s desk most of the time and the different vases and pedestals are from various places around the house. I added real pumpkins to various found treasures to elevate them as I did with the witch’s potion bottles, which I bought at an antiques store. This particular antique store sells new things and commissioned pieces mixed in with their antiques.
The black feathered owl came from Michael’s as did the black-and-white photo of the 2 Victorian women behind the weather vane. They are one of those scary photos that morph into something else as you move around them and these two ladies morph into vampires. But, I like to think that they are the Wicked Witch of the East and West, instead. I made the no-sew table runner, which is orange and black printed burlap last year. It has a black velvet table runner over it.
The “Welcome My Pretties” white wire house I got already made for half-price at Michael’s. It’s meant to represent the house falling on the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz.
Here’s a close-up of the “Welcome My Pretties” table decor (I placed a black foam core board behind it so that you could see it better).
In this photo, you can see the “Welcome My Pretties” table top decor in its entirety including her legs! Plus the little, super cute “Be Wicked” broomstick sign.
Here’s a close-up of the witch’s legs. Some talented person at Michael’s created this cute display! Good job!
Here’s a close-up of the super cute “Be Wicked” sign that I bought at Bates Nut Farm several years ago. Weirdly, I don’t have many usable knobs (not even doorknobs; I have door handles) around my house to hang things from. So, I tied a black-and-white checked ribbon to the handle of this sign and tied it to the ring on this cabinet. I have pumpkin stacks on either side of the fireplace and that does it for decorating for a wickedly good Halloween in my living room!
This skeleton is in Charlie’s office. We decorate Charlie’s office in its entirety because it’s right next to the front door. Got him (the skeleton; not Charlie) at Costco a couple of years ago and I put the witch’s hat on him (Charlie’s head is too big for the witch’s hat). Behind him you can see the adorable “Carole’s Broom Parking” sign.
Here it is next to my witch’s broom (which came from a catalog) in front of the cabinet in Charlie’s office. I got this adorable “Carole’s Broom Parking” sign from Personal Creations, an FTD company, that specializes in personalizing all kinds of things. Here’s a link to their website (Personal Creations Halloween) so that you can check out all the awesome stuff they personalize just for you!
I love that I’ve found an outlet to buy things that spells my name correctly! When I’m shopping around and find things like mugs with names on them, or keychains, or Christmas ornaments, etc., I can never find one that spells “Carol” with an “e”! So, this is a great find for me!
Here’s a close-up of my “Carole’s Broom Parking” sign. It’s painted metal and has 4 holes drilled in the corners so that you can nail it wherever you want. Since I’m hanging mine inside instead of outside, I threaded two of the holes with black and orange sparkly ribbon and hung it on the knobs of this cabinet. So cute.
On the left side of the large cabinet hangs another sign, “The Witch Is In”, that I got at Bates Nut Farm a few years ago. I tied it, too, with a black-and-white checked ribbon.
And, on the right side of this cabinet I’ve hung my “Today I Am A Good Witch” sign, which I got at the same antiques store in our town. Look closely and you will see the “ghost” reflection of the skeleton on the left in the glass panes and my ghostly apparition (actually my arms) above the sign reflected in the glass taking this photo!
Here’s the inside of one of the cabinets (there are 3 side-by-side). If you read my post, Pumpkin vs Velvet Cushion, these are the bookshelves that the Princesses P helped me unload so that we could decorate for Halloween. Plus, they unpacked all this Halloween stuff!
Here’s a close-up of one of the shelves with a witch on it. This witch I got at my local grocery store a few years ago. The grocery store is a great place to stay on the look-out for holiday decorations. The “Wicked” sign to the right of her I found at Michael’s a few years ago and the jack-o-lantern on the black candlestick I got at Hobby Lobby.
This cute sign, “The Witch Is Out”, is made of wood. I found it at a local gift shop a few years ago. The little “Happy Halloween” sign came from my local drugstore and the plastic sequined spider came from Michael’s in a package of six (2 orange, 2 green and 2 purple).
I’ve had the “No Parking Broom Lane” sign for so many years that I can’t remember where I got it! This is a close-up of another shelf, but since the sign is red and white and not your traditional Halloween orange, I decided to decorate this shelf with black Halloween decor and black-and-white books with scary titles. The black bat luminary jar came from Michael’s as did the “Happy Halloween” sign with the flying witch and the crow “Halloween” sign. The ghosts in the right corner are a floral pick, also from Michael’s.
I have several different sets of potion bottles. After all, a witch must have her collection of ingredients to cast her spells! This orange “Bone Dust” bottle is part of a set that is the most colorful and I got all 3 from Michael’s.
Here’s the purple bottle of “Bats Brew.”
Here’s a green bottle of “Spider Juice”. Next to it is a green sparkly spider and a black sparkly rat from Pier One.
I got this cute metal Halloween sign at the same antique store. It has rotating wheels on the left and right to change the number of days.
And this cute “Old Witch” sign came from the antique store, too. They had some with and without the sparkly orange garland and, of course, I had to have the sparkle! Both of these hang on the wall next to Charlie’s desk.
And this is the right side of Charlie’s desk. Every good witch needs a “Dark Magic” book to cast spells. This one is so cool. It is battery powered. With the flip of a switch it opens up and casts the spell. In a scary, witchy voice from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the 3 witches chant.
“Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble...” and then it closes on its own.
Got it a few years ago on Amazon and love it!
The darling jack-o-lantern came from the antiques store as a resale (second hand) item. It plugs in and lights up (I forgot to plug it in for this photo, since it was daylight!). The darling black cat with the witch hat came from a gift shop. So did the wreath that I’ve placed on top of the lamp. The tablecloth is another of my no-sew projects.
Here’s a close-up of the black cat’s face. Every witch needs a black cat! See more of this black cat and Charlie’s desk display on this post: Scaredy Cat Pie Crust Cookies.
And, here’s a close-up of the witch on Charlie’s desk. I’ve name her Witchsteria (as opposed to Wisteria) because she’s in a purple dress. Got her at a local gift shop a few years ago.
Here’s a collage to pin to your Pinterest board for future reference. Thanks for sharing!
Check out my decorations from Halloween’s past:
- Nevermore: Decorating for Halloween
- Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Boo!
- Blue Pumpkins
Decorating for a Wicked Good Halloween was so much fun I think that I’ll do it again next year!