Revisiting a Vintage Halloween

Oct 19, 2009 by

The fall nip in the air and my cravings for chocolate all point to one event: Halloween!  This weekend, I started fall decorating (we’re slower in California because it was still 80 degrees at the beach two days ago!), and I look forward to sharing my vintage-inspired Halloween ideas with you tomorrow.  But to kick off the week, shall we revisit Halloween in my home last year?

repurposed vintage halloween mantle decor

Last year’s mantle repurposed an architectural salvage sign to cast an eerie glow.  The swag was created with vintage hardcover books that were painted with a layer of chalkboard paint for scary messages.  For more details, kindly visit the vintage Halloween decor post from 2008.

repurposed vintage halloween decor ideas

Last Halloween was summed up with two words: chalkboard paint!  Chalkboard painted vintage hardcover books make another debut, along with a formerly baroque gold planter that looks much creepier with a coat of chalkboard paint and chalk lines.

vintage pumpkin carving

Not carving pumpkins is not tacky — but TACKful!  :)  Silver tacks dipped in chalkboard paint (I could not find black tacks for the life of me last year!) spell out scary messages.  For other TACKful creatures, kindly visit the original non-pumpkin carving post.

vintage pumpkin decorating ideas

I like to save many of my pumpkins as decor through Thanksgiving, but they often feel so naked on Halloween!  With a few vintage accessories, this is the best dressed no carve pumpkin couple on the block, if I do say so myself!

I kindly invite you to visit again tomorrow as I share this year’s vintage-inspired Halloween decor ideas!

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  1. love it! the mantle is amazing!

  2. looking forward to what you are doing this year!

  3. jen

    I love the pumpkin couple! And those suitcases are fabulous!

  4. you really have the cutest ideas- love them all!

  5. you always have such great ideas! thanks for sharing all your fun decorations. btw, i want that 2nd level sign! :)

  6. the last one in particular is so cute. i love it and i think i can do it, too. looking forward to all your tricks and treats. and, loved seeing your pretty face and article in uppercase.

  7. I do remember last Halloween, just barely. This year I have a candy coma so things are a bit blurry. Now, when can we meet? I do believe we could be fast friends! Suzy

  8. This was informative

  9. Fine info. Thanks, very informative and easy to understand.

  10. Such great inspiration! Love these pics.

  11. you have a wonderful collection. enjoy your weekend!

  12. Perhaps this is one of the most interesting blogs that I have ever seen. Interesting article, Funny comment. Keep it up!
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  13. I was just chatting with my friend about this today at Outback steak house. Don’t remember how we got on the topic actually ,

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