I inherited this curio hutch from my Grandmother. It stands in our small dining room and is usually crammed with many special dishes, odds and ends I enjoy looking at and using. I have always intended to change the items on display to reflect the current season and holidays. This year I finally fulfilled that fantasy, beginning with a Halloween display.
I love how the black and orange colors unify the effect. The top shelf holds some authentic mid-century noise makers, as well as a little black cat die cut face from the 1920s. (I will have more to say about that little cat face later). There are also a few of my favorite trick or treat bags (also mid-century) to set it all off.
The second shelf holds more trick or treat bags, and some ceramic pieces I collected from the "department 56" line of villages and houses. I don't collect the houses per se but I loved the little trick or treat figures, so when I had the opportunity to buy them on sale, I did it.
The third shelf has another Dept. 56 set called "Hallween Parade".
The last shelf was especially fun to put together. It features my vintage copy of Agatha Christie's mystery novel "Halloween Party" (of which I have several), more Halloween collectables, and some Tarot cards and my "Gypsy Witch Fortune Teller Cards" from when I was a teenager. I added some runes and that's a glass eye in the blue and black teacup looking back at you. Spooky. In the Victorian times, Fortune Telling was very popular at Halloween Parties, especially when games would try to foretell who would find a lover or get married.
Then in the kitchen I have also hung some vintage Biestle due cuts of favorite Halloween figures such as black cats, witches, pumpkins and haunted houses.
Oh and a black bat is hanging around too!
I call this "haunting the house" for Halloween, as distinguished from decking the halls for Christmas.
Yes, I know. I go a little crazy. But it sure is fun! And this is not all of it. During the year, if I am at a garage sale or thrift store and see something I like for Halloween, I'll buy it and stash it away until October. The majority of these tiems cost me a dollar, or maybe 45 cents, but they give me lots of pleasure.
Tomorrow night I am going to a very special open house at the home of Mark Ledenbach, one of the original and most successful collectors of vintage and modern Halloween memorabilia in the world. In fact, he was featured on the Martha Stewart show a couple of weeks ago. I met Mark in the process of collecting a few vintage items. (I also bought that little cat die cut on the top shelf of the hutch from him at Halloween and Vine this year). Stay tuned for more about Mark and Halloween magic and madness in the days ahead!