Hunting a haunting Halloween on Etsy: artisanal, hand-crafted tricks and treats to order now.

2013 halloween countdown week 8

NOT YOUR MOMMA’S ETSY:

If you’re looking for cute stuff on Etsy, you do not need my help. There are 250 pages of cute Halloween items, as of today. I’ve searched through most of them in order to find a slightly less cute, more sophisticated sensibility to share with you. With any luck, I’ve brought you a selection that shows you the darker, quirkier side of this site that does not discriminate against darker, quirkier craftsfolk who want to offer their handmade wares directly to us darker, quirkier consumers.

Hang in there non-shoppers (that include you guys.) I know this is a shopping post, but there’s stuff here for you too. Some of it’s just fun to look at, and some of it might be just what you are looking to add to you Halloween celebrations.

This is an eclectic tour, and I know I’ve probably missed some wonderful gothic and horror artists, but one can only scroll Etsy listings for so long before going mad. If you happen to know of an Etsy artist that should be included here, please let me know about him or her. 

NOTE: All photographs and images below are used for the sole purpose of referring readers to the original Etsy shops offering the pictured merchandise or content, At posting, all links are current and active. If a link fails to direct properly, it is due to a change by the vendor which is out of my control. I have NOT purchased the following items, so I cannot guarantee quality. Read descriptions carefully.

Please, comment to the post as a whole rather than the individual photos in gallery mode. That just confuses me 🙂

ONE ETSY SHOP THAT’S VERY SPECIAL TO THIS MOMMA:

If you actually read the disclaimer note above, you might have noticed that I say I have not purchased the items featured in my tour. There is one, very-important, super-cool, totally-rocking, exception to that statement. I have indeed purchased and received my first set of magnetic buttons – and the magic necklace that allows me to wear them – from my daughter’s shop. I’m so excited about this that I made a video:

Pooka Creations Halloween Selection

So order some stuff from her, ‘k? Or send a link to this post (or to the video, or to her shop) to someone you know who might be interested. Or share such a link on your social media (if you can figure out how to do that without spamming folks with my proud-mother button-necklace-hawking.)

pookacreations.etsy.com

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NOW ON TO THE REST OF THE TOUR:

A few more jewelry shops, because I’m fair that way:

Weirdly Cute

VonErickson

SinisterVanity  – Jewelry, yes, but also gorgeous ethical taxidermy.

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NOW FOR SOME PARTICULARLY APPEALING ITEMS FROM RANDOM SHOPS:
(If you love something, poke around. There’s probably similar stuff there.)

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BLOODY AMAZING PROPS:

Mixed Media Human Heart Prop/Sideshow Gaff 2012 | $55
Pale Man lifesize latex bust from Pan’s Labyrinth | $200
Zombie walking dead severed head halloween film prop | $39

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PROJECTS & PATTERNS:
(Harkening back to my crafts & hobbies post.)

Halloween Digital Vintage Steampunk Paper Doll Download | $6
Witches Brew Halloween Primitive Sampler E-Pattern PDF | $7
Halloween Steampunk skeleton paper jointed doll with skull | $3.50

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TEE SHIRTS THAT MADE ME LAUGH:

Believe | $14.99
Boo Hoo | $14.99+
Bigfoot | $14.95

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VINTAGE HALLOWEEN ITEMS:

1940’s Kirchhof Pin Up Witch Halloween Tin Ratchet Noisemaker with Open Ends | $35
Vintage childs halloween Mask DEVIL in its original box | $18
Vintage Halloween Noisemaker Tin Horn Circa 1950s US Metal Toy | $25

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MASKS:

Latex Clown Prosthetic Appliances | $25
Gas mask | $24
Handmade burlap latex Scarecrow Halloween Deluxe full head mask w/ dreads | $150

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WHO KNEW APRONS WERE A THING AGAIN:

Happy Halloween Retro Three tiered Apron | $52.99
Cemetery Scene In Purple And Grays | $20
Retro Style Halloween Apron | $35

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OTHER COSTUME-Y THINGS:

Masquerade Mask Tattoo multiple use with included spirit gum | $25
Gothic Black Elbow wedding veil | $18.99
Gothic Burlesque Steampunk Bustle Skirt | $75 

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DECOR:

Werewolf Milk – Pre-Made Witches Apothecary Bottle | $6
Mad Scientist: Lektra Laboratories Vacuum Tube Darkroom Interval Timer | $18
Primitive SPELLBOOK Halloween Witch | $24

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POTIONS & PLEASURES:
(I admit it, I’m addicted to good bath products.)

Halloween Soaps (10 favor-sized) | $20 
Halloween Sugar Scrub Scoops | $8.50
Handmade Candy Corn Soap for Halloween | $4.99
Three Halloween Skull Soaps in Buttercreme and Snickerdoodle fragrance | $3
Werewolf Soap | $6
Shower Cap Spooky Halloween | $15.50

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OH, OKAY. ONE RIDICULOUSLY CUTE THING:

etsy as cute as i get crow

Crocheted crow | $15

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SHOPS THAT BLEW MY MIND:

While prowling, I found items I loved – that I would have included in the categories above – except the WHOLE shop was awesome. Have a look:

Halloween Whimsey – Wooden items, wonderfully hand-painted, including dozens of Halloween-themed wooden pub-style signs:

idolatre clothing co. – Gorgeous, sexy, EXPENSIVE costume-wear. The middle pic below shows the price for just the head-dress part of the costume.

NancyMichalak Paper Cutting – One of the first not-my-daughter shops I favorited. I love looking at this intricate work.

hhfashions (Helene Hawthorn Fashions) – Beautiful Gothic and Victorian styles for costumes AND regular wear.

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That’s it, folks. Remember, it’s only EIGHT weeks until Halloween. More importantly, it’s only about 26 days until October 1st – the day we can come out of the Halloween closet and trumpet our love to all. Will you be ready? Now’s the time to be thinking about:

  • maybe having a Halloween party
  • costumes
  • decor projects
  • watching Halloween movies (No one can judge you for what you do in the privacy of your own home.)

PS: I spent so much
pooka comic swears-ing
time on this post, that I haven’t yet made my week 8 countdown image. I’ll add it when I’m done.
(Yes, that was a sneaky way to link to Pooka Creations one more time.)

UPDATE: So, it’s there now. But I’m leaving the link 🙂

halloween countdown general

PREVIOUS HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN POSTS:
13+ Halloween-themed movies
Printable checklist of Halloweeny activities – enough for 13 weeks of fun
How and why to spend an afternoon with the dead at your local cemetery
 Halloween hobbies: monster models, knitting, cross stitch, paper cutting and more
Fall 2013 TV for lovers of horror, paranormal, dark fantasy, suspense (and retro)

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15 Comments on “Hunting a haunting Halloween on Etsy: artisanal, hand-crafted tricks and treats to order now.”

  1. Pooka says:

    Okay, the sudden crocheted crow made me laugh out loud. It helps that it really is quite adorable. Etsy is a treasure trove when it comes to Halloween, all year round!

    It’s humbling to have someone so loudly trumpet Pooka Creations. I’ve thanked you privately, but it’s only appropriate to thank you publicly as well. You boost my confidence and encourage me to keep creating. I only hope that I’m capable of doing the same for you.

  2. angryscholar says:

    You made a VIDEO!!! I love it!

  3. What a great idea for the pins and the “darker” side of Etsy. The video is good too. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wow, girlfriend,
    Thanks so much for including my :Jackie O’ Lantern” vintage Halloween paper doll in with your Etsy Halloween picks!

    I had such fun looking around your blog…loved everything in your cheezburger section, especially the hippie and goth birds and the silica packet girl! And I loved the list of things we wouldn’t like about you in your profile! Funny idea! I don’t know how you find the time to do all of this creative stuff. I will be back to read more.

    Best of luck with your writing career. My husband published a suspense book (his lifelong dream) a few years ago and has gotten a few awards for it. Sorry for the shameless bragging, but I have to because he won’t. There is humor in his book even though it is a suspense. I bet you will be doing that with your books, too. If you ever want to chat with him and share info, let me know. He loves meeting other authors.
    Hugs,
    Rhonda
    http://www.rhondasoriginals.etsy.com

    • Thank you for the lovely note!

      ParanormalLOLs is one of my favorite little side-lines. On a bad day I just go scroll through the feed. Even though I’ve seen them before, they still make me smile.

      Does your husband have a website or blog? I’d love to connect with him.

  5. Patrick says:

    I’m definitely returning to this post when I have more time and battery. Thank you for doing all this work for us. First of all, I love that we got to see the smiling face and voice behind the blog. I love the buttons. I also totally need to check out that vintage horn. Wow. You are awesome at what you do and you inspire me.

  6. Hunter Shea says:

    You are officially the queen of Halloween. 🙂

  7. Ah… Everything they said. You work too hard! But I love it!


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