It’s no secret that when it comes to Halloween, I’d like to up sticks and move to America.
Or at least shop there.
Even though Halloween dates back to the Celtic fire festival of Samhain that hails from here in the British Isles, we Brits definitely get the raw end of the Halloween decorating deal. It’s why last year; I launched a campaign to Bring Halloween Back to Britain.
Not only do our Halloween-loving cousins across the pond have way better decorations than us (OK, aside from HomeSense and TK Maxx, but then they ARE part of a US-company), America also gets them early.
Like NOW early!
Last July, I all but hyperventilated at discovering 8 aisles of Hallow-goodness in Michael’s.
And the perfect pumpkins of Jo-Ann’s.
Not to mention THOSE skulls at Pier 1 Imports that spawned the birth of my own jewelled creations.
And who could forget Poe’s typewriter that I almost cried over in TJ Maxx?
There was no fitting THAT into my suitcase.
Then cried over again when Beloved found not one but TWO sizes in Homesense.
That now live in the OneandSeventy Dining Room.
All. Year. Round.
I BLOODY LOVE HOMESENSE!!
Beloved ain’t bad, either.
But if I thought Halloween in July was amazing, some of my Insta-Hallowbuddies started posting their 2018 finds in May!
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#CODEORANGE: This is NOT a drill. We have our FIRST sighting of Halloween in the wild for 2018! My friend Stephnie, who lives near San Antonio, TX, sent me a few photos from her local @athomestores late yesterday which was just starting to stock their Halloween! IT’S HERE GUYS!!! 🎃 ••• Wondering when Halloween hits shelves in your fave store? I’ve got a cheat sheet in the summer Halloween zine, which comes out TOMORROW! Join my email list to get the spring issue today & the summer issue tomorrow. Link is in my profile. ••• #halloween #halloweeninstores #halloweendecor #halloweendecorations #halloween2018 #athomehalloween #athome #athomestores #athomefinds #halloweeniscoming #everydayishalloween #halloweeniseveryday
MAY, I tell ya!
OK, I get that Britain is like a zillionth the size of America with more customers to please and of course, everything Stateside is bigger including Halloween but Jeez Louise! Without Homesense and TK Maxx feeding our addiction maybe in early September, UK Halloween lovers will be lucky to see anything more spooky than a pumpkin well into witching season.
It’s bad enough if you only do magic on October 31st. But if you’re a Halloween decorator like me who makes magical mischief all year, it can be seriously soul-destroying.
And so it is that I live vicariously through my Stateside Insta-witches.
Then there’s Miranda Enzor, Halloween Hunting Guru and primary source of this year’s early finds. Miranda blogs over at Spooky Little Halloween and also runs The Samhain Society – a group of like-minded Halloween-obsessed bloggers.
Like Yours Truly.
Last, but certainly not least, is my dear Insta-friend and Hallow-decor Sister Jillian at @Trick_ThirtyOne, whose home is quite possibly even more chock full of year-round Halloween than OneandSeventy and whose positive comments and support on both Instagram and Pinterest have been influential in my Halloween journey.
Oh! And Jillian reliably informs us that Pier 1 is doing THAT SKULL in black this year.
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OMG YOU GUYS!!! 😱😱😱@pier1 is really amping up their halloween decor!!! Idk about you but this black jeweled skull and these freakin' gore-geous dolls and black cat rug are pulling at my halloween heart-strings!!!! They just keep adding more great stuff! Eeeeeek!!!!! I am going to be one broke-ass but happy ghoul! 🐱💀🐱💀🐱💀🐱💀🐱💀🐱 #pier1imports #pier1halloween #halloweendecor #halloweendecorations #glamhalloweendecor #witchdolls #sorceressdoll #skeletonwitchdoll #blackjeweledskull #blackskull #halloweendolls #blackcatpumpkin #blackcatrug #gothichomedecor #gothicdolls #glammacabre #glamhalloween
I hope one day to get the chance to meet these fabulous ladies for some spooktacular Stateside shopping. Mind you… I suspect if that were ever to happen, I might need a considerably larger baggage allowance!
A hui hou,