Finding rusty old junk is fun! Nevertheless, I have found that no matter how much "stuff" I find and collect, only God can fully satisfy my heart. Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The 13 days of Halloween!

October is almost over and I have been so busy with home renovations that I have not kept up with this post which I originally called "The 31 days of Halloween." I had intended to post something new each day of October, but alas my junking and re-decorating took up so much time I unfortunately neglected to keep it up. I have decided to rename it "The 13th days of Halloween" instead,  and so with time running out, I'd better get back to it!

October 28th
 I found these pumpkins (the funkin style plug-in kind) at the flea market for $1 each. I had to buy them for that price. I had planned to repaint them and use them outside somehow but we had just finished redecorating our guest bedroom and it needed some Halloween touches. I was already using my husband's antique hat box in the room and then I remember the vintage lady's hat (flea market find, $1) that I had stored inside the box. I immediately knew that we needed a Mr. and Mrs. to greet our guests. Mrs. Pumpkin is resting on a shabby white ($1 flea market) candle holder.
                                       October 27th 
A Witchy Welcome! Here in our entryway I hung the cutest little girl's witch costume that I found at a yard sale for $2, a few other vintage looking decorations purchased at yard sales for $1 each.

 October 26th
This is a creepy clown toy from the early 1900's. I found him at an estate sale for $1 and thought he would make a great Halloween decoration with a little TLC. He was originally pink and blue. Here is the post about the redo:


October 24th

I took the little vintage blow mold owl and put him on a wreath I had remade. I hung it on an old shabby white window. I posted more about it for White Wednesday over at Faded Charm:

                                October 23rd 
Creak. Creak. Creak...

Here is a bit of my Halloween porch decor. Look at the rocking chair. How spooky can you get for Halloween? So spooky in fact that my husband made me put it outside. I was going to use it inside but I have to admit that after walking past it a couple of times in the basement it also gave me the heebie-jeebies. I bought it for $10 this summer at a yard sale. The lady who owned it had previously bought it from an auction, so no telling who or what rocked in this one! 
                                      October 22nd
I love vintage blow molds at Halloween-time. Seeing these guys lit up always reminds me of Trick-or-Treat as a little girl. In this picture I had just started working with some of my vintage Halloween collection, just messing around with the display. I  decide to include my favorite retro candy bowl with a design of witches on broomsticks circling around the magical goodies. Findlay, our Scottie, wasn't so sure about all the Hocus Pocus...

Vintage blow mold collection in the day time, unlit. The little green owl is my newest flea market find. I took out a few things from the previous picture and added an orange and black feather boa with purple lights to the front, (hard to see in this photo) and some popcorn balls and lollipops for more vintage flair.
                                     October 21st 
 With its ghostly shape and misty shades of grays and blues, this favorite squash creates a nice trio with the Jim Shore Heartwood Creek collectibles (estate sale finds).

                                                                      October 20th
Here's a simple and sweet little way to add some vintage Trick-or-Treat to your table. Mary Jane candies still have the same packaging as years ago. The only time I ever had these was around Halloween. I always ate the "good stuff" first (meaning chocolate), but these little cuties weren't too bad either. 

To add a little more charm I cut Mary Jane off the package and put her in the bowl because she was just too darling to throw away. 

Classic candy corn in a dish---adds a quick and easy touch of Halloween 
My husband is getting a little aggravated at me telling him 
to get his hands out of my decorations!

                                     Halloween----A primitive holiday!
Today I am highlighting some of my primitive Halloween collection. Although most of my decorating is vintage/shabby chic and quite eclectic, I absolutely go crazy for primitive Halloween and fall (and Christmas) stuff too. Some of the best Halloween and fall displays I have ever seen have been at small family-owned primitive shops (such as The Olde Homestead Ashland, KY) or at primitive craft shows and festivals. Extreme grungy prims can be very creepy and unique, and they mix right in nicely with vintage Halloween.

You may recognize some of the items in these pictures from other posts, but I rarely ever use my decorations in quite the same way as the previous year to keep them from getting boring and to give my guests something different to enjoy when they visit. New items include the black, orange and purple bittersweet garland and the cutest altered art witch hang tags that I just found on Ebay. I love the whimsical phrases on each one such as, "She had one too many skeletons in her closet!"
 This new garland with purple and black berries and orange
bittersweet is too cute! It also has little glittered ghosts and witch
hats along the branches. I tied my
new witchy hang tags here.

Mr. Scarecrow is another one of my favorites. He comes out in
 early August and hangs around through
late November to smell Tom Turkey roasting in the oven on Thanksgiving day. The
four little guys in the basket were .25 each along with the wooden Jack-o-lantern
with the moon hat. I purchased the
Halloween dish towel for .25 and the pumpkin-head witch
for $1 at a yard sale. I love her purple dress and stripey-tights, and of course that vintage Halloween smile!

That's all for tonight--- Only 13 days to go!


  1. love to change my Halloween decor a little each year too. this year found a framed reverse painted on glass picture of an owl in the perfect fall colors for a whopping $3.00 at Goodwill. it is the center piece on my mantle display with bittersweet branches and more.

  2. Oh, you're making me want to get out the decorations! I'm not big into Halloween myself, but I do love the fall colors around the house and the rustic look!


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