Halloween Book Find: Halloween Crafts – Eerily Elegant Decor

Last week, I told you about finding free-to-read back issues of Famous Monsters of Filmland on archive.org

This week, I’m going to begin highlighting some free-to-borrow books on Open Library. Once you’ve signed up with your own account, you can “borrow” any book on the site as long as another user doesn’t have that item checked out. 

Finding Halloween-themed books on the site isn’t difficult through a search, but you find a lot of books that don’t have a lot to offer. Luckily, there’s me, who loves to go through the offerings to see what the years have brought us in the way of Halloween publishing. 

This week’s find is a book called, simply, Halloween Crafts: Eerily Elegant Decor by Kasey Rogers and Mark Wood. What’s especially interesting about this particular book is that it’s co-authored by Kasey Rogers, who portrayed “Louise Tate” on the television series, “Bewitched,” taking over the role when Irene Vernon left the series. Though she has since passed away, this book and a number of others suggest a prolific crafting and DIY life.

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Halloween Color Palettes for Crafting, Designing, Etc.

Over the years, “Halloween colors” have evolved from the traditional black and orange to include all manner of colors across the spectrum. Colors such as purple and green have become traditional since the days of Dennison’s Bogie Book and now, you can even find pastel Halloween palettes.

A traditional color palette with a variety of orange and yellow along with customary black.

I love color and love playing with it, so I cooked up some color palettes for fun. They’re inspired by everything from vintage Halloween to slasher films. Enjoy!

I used the packaging of an old Ben Cooper Halloween costume box for this palette.
Inspired by the colors of the traditional look of Frankenstein’s monster.
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At Home – Halloween Inventory 2019

At Home has been the first on the scene with their Halloween merchandise for the last few years and it’s already hit the shelves as of June 2 in Memphis, with others reporting similar finds in their stores. While not all items were on display yet, there was already an aisle and a half of Halloween items with a center display being cleared for inflatables. 

What does it look like so far? Well, let’s find out. Get ready. This post is mostly photos. 

There was a large representation of what I would call “Game of Thrones Halloween.” Lots of dragons and medieval-esque items. 

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Halloween Thrift Scores – January 2 – Goodwill

Like many of my fellow Halloween fiends, I regularly scope out thrift stores, estate sales and garage sales for Halloween finds. Sometimes I get lucky and sometimes I come out empty handed.

January 2nd’s trip was fairly decent. Definitely not my best, but certainly not my worst. Here’s what I found.

Plastic Jack O Lantern Lanterns

Yes. My cats like to photobomb me.

These are fairly recent, but I thought they were cute and in good shape, so I took a chance on them. No idea where exactly they came from. A cursory search of Google Images and Ebay turned up nothing, but it’s kind of difficult to find a Jack O Lantern Lantern. Eh.

They’re plastic and made in China. I have no idea if they’ll work once I place batteries in them, but if not, they may be a project piece. Even if they don’t work, they’re cute as all get out and I’m happy with them.

Holland Mold Ceramic Pumpkin

So when I took this bad boy home, I had no idea he was vintage. He looked like something you would pick up in one of those rustic home shops that seem to pop up in deserted downtowns these days. Honestly, I didn’t even check him for any markings. He was a pumpkin and he needed a home.

The bottom is marked Holland Mold 1970 and appears to be signed by the artist. It does have a crack in the back and a small chip on his stem, but he’s in otherwise great shape. There’s a light that feeds through the back with a switch on the back. Here’s a photo of my cat, Bernie, checking him out:

He’s fairly unimpressed.

So only two finds, but I only hit up one Goodwill as I’m still trying to get over this bout of bronchitis and the cold makes it worse. I’m pretty happy with my finds, though.

What have you found recently on your thrift treasure hunts?

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Clearance Christmas Items to Grab for Halloween

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After Halloween, all of us Halloween folks run for the clearance shelves like it’s Black Friday and we have to get ALL THE THINGS. But is it possible you might be missing some much needed items on those Christmas clearance aisles? 

Let me show you something. 

Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like chainsaw mayhem.

These are chainsaw Christmas ornaments. Did you hear me? THEY ARE CHAINSAW CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS. You can’t even imagine the giddiness that sprung forth in the Walmart when I found these. Intended for the handiman/woman contingent, these little beauties were found amongst other power tool ornaments such as a circular saw and a drill, but no power tool says Halloween like the iconic chainsaw. 

“But Kel, listen.” You begin. “I know you got lucky and you found you a mini chainsaw, but surely there’s nothing else I need out of the Christmas clearance, right?”

Honey, let me just show you something. Again. Here’s all the stuff you may (or may not – I won’t be too presumptuous) need from all that lovely Christmas clearance stuff:

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