Yes, it’s Halloween! We see it as a good time to sneak a break from the crazy world and dodge fake cobwebs, duck as eggs are thrown and eat too much candy. You can even wear a clever disguise if you feel the urge to fool trick-or-treaters.
As a nod to the orange day, we’ve gathered five cool Halloween-related items that may bring a smile to your chocolate-covered faces…
1. Spoonflower’s Colorful Wallpaper and Fabric
If you love all things Halloween, you may just be tempted by Spoonflower’s colorful wallpaper and fabric offerings. Maya Pletscher’s designs range from gorgeous little fall leaves on a dark blue background through all the Halloween classics: jack-o-lanterns, ghosts and “cute skulls.” Some things deserve to be seen more than just once a year, we say. And if wallpaper seems too much of a commitment, check out the fabric options — cushions never go out of style.
2. The Vince Cardboard Skull Model
The Vince Cardboard Skull Model is a mysterious accessory, whether you’re quoting from “Hamlet” or just want to give visitors pause when they stop by. It is made from recycled cardboard, so you can feel virtuous, and the skull arrives flat-packed so that you, your friends and your family can put together the laser-cut pieces yourselves. Nothing like watching a skull come to life, right? The sections are held together by a slot construction system. We’re thinking that spray-painting the model with luminous, glow-in-the-dark paint might be a cool/creepy touch.
3.”Ghost Rider” at Goldwell Open Air Museum
If you ain’t afraid of no ghosts, you might enjoy the otherworldy “Ghost Rider” sculpture by artist Albert Szukalski. The original was installed in the Goldwell Open Air Museum, appropriately located near the ghost town of Rhyolite, Nevada. Don’t worry, though. If you don’t have the time or dollars to get yourself to Nevada, you can get an art-framed photograph for your home. Photographer Justin Pulsipher captured the essence of the barren background and ghostly figure leaning on a vintage bike, and it has effectively saved you a long, dusty trip.
4. A Non-Superstitious Black Cat Clock
Black cats aren’t always bad news! We all know the friendly classic Kit-Cat Clock with its wagging tail. The American-made clocks have been marking time since 1932 and are still popular today. “These iconic clocks are a valuable piece of Americana that’ll brighten up your home or your office with their contagious smile,” say the Kit-Cat folks. Now, though, they’ve added a twist: You can build your own Gentleman Clock, choosing colorful designs for the bow tie and tail — pink chevrons, anyone? Zebra stripes or polka dots? (You can even change the cat’s body color, but we have to admit that we are partial to the traditional black.)
5. Fireside Spice Pumpkin Saison Extract Home-Brewing Kit
Last but not least, we hear that this new Fireside Spice Pumpkin Saison Extract Kit (Brewers Reserve) is a great way to toast the season. It comes with a clear list of ingredients and the equipment you’ll need, so there will be no surprises. “Specialty malts, fall spices, canned pumpkin and saison yeast create a unique and delicious beer that is reminiscent of pumpkin bread!” enthuse the Fireside team. We’ll drink to that!