With just one month to go, I’m already starting to get excited for Halloween!
I always like to push the boat out for the Pagan festivals of Samhain (commonly pronounced “Sow-en”) and Yule (Christmas) and as time passes, I seem to go a little more nuts with the decorating.
Well, I don’t think it’s nuts but every year, Beloved raises a quizzical eyebrow and threatens not to retrieve an ever-increasing number of decorations from the loft.
But he always does.
Coz he’s good like that.
I’ve always had an interest in the occult. It’s a word that can evoke strong negative emotions, but there really isn’t anything dark or sinister about it.
See? Nothing to be afraid of!
I bought my first deck of Tarot cards when I was 14, much to the disgust of the staunch Catholic who raised me. It was also around that time that I started looking into other forms of spiritual practice.
But that’s a deep and meaningful for another day.
It comes as no surprise, then, to discover that Samhain is my absolute favourite of the ancient festivals.
Despite being a traditionally British celebration, our North American cousins seem to have embraced Samhain rather more impressively than us.
While Stateside, Halloween is a very grand affair, a simple search for “Halloween Decorations UK” returns a sea of orange and black plastic.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for cheap. But as someone who celebrates Samhain as an important occasion, I’m looking for something a little more stylish.
Thank all that is (un)holy for Pinterest where last year, I discovered a whole world of homemade Halloween I never knew existed!
From beautifully decorated mantels to exquisitely painted pumpkins and a mountain of other homemade Halloween ideas that’ll keep a girl busy for a lifetime of Samhains… I couldn’t wait to get started!
I must admit, I had stacks of fun putting together my very first homemade Halloween and trying to recreate a few of the ideas I’d seen.
You’ll have to excuse the shoddy photography. I took these as passing shots way before The World of Suzy Homemaker was so much as a glint in this witch’s eye!
2013 Halloween Mantel
Here’s last year’s mantel in all its yucky brown glory before I gave it a lick of paint.
Wilko is brilliant for picking up plastic creatures, including the bats and spiders you see dotted around the mantel.
I *may* have bought more for Halloween 2014.
I scored the beautiful solid pewter candelabra for a tenner in a local reclamation centre.
You’d pay a fortune for something like this new!
Easy Halloween candle wraps
- Print out your image on tracing paper
- Wrap the paper around a glass
- Insert a candle
What could be simpler?
Battery-operated candles work brilliantly in these highball glasses.
Handmade bat silhouettes
- Trace some bat shapes onto black card
- Cut out
- Use blue tac to fix your bats to a wall
If you happen to have a cutting machine, you could go for a whole wall!
For my mini pumpkin display, I hit a couple of autumn’s finest with black gloss spray-paint (do you know how hard it is to find faux pumpkins in this country?!) and dug out a centuries-old ceramic Jack O’Lantern. All it needs is a candle and you’re done – far less messy than the carving fiasco alternative!
***WORD OF WARNING*** Decorating with real pumpkins comes with a very important Suzy Homemaker announcement.
REAL PUMPKINS GO OFF!!!
Surprising, I know.
They WILL leave a nasty puddle on your floor if you don’t get rid when they start to go.
Lesson learned. Sorry Beloved!
This Halloween, I’ll be dragging out and re-using what I can, but I also have a few more ideas up my sleeve, which I can’t wait to bring you!
Will you be decorating for Halloween this year? I’d love to see your ideas, please comment below and post a link to your creations. Alternatively, come and share them on my Facebook Page. I can’t wait to see what you get up to!
A hui hou,