Come on everybody, no gloomy faces. I know we spent a lot of time to make this Halloween the best one ever. We turned our yards and houses into our creepiest fantasies and now we are going through withdrawals as we face cleaning it all up and putting it away.
This is not the time to feel depressed about it. It is time to get excited and start working on next year.
First on the agenda. This week is the Black Friday of Halloween. Get out there and hit the stores and take advantage of the Halloween sales. Be sure to check out such stores as Halloween City, Spirit World for costumes, Walgreen’s, Target etc.
As you enter these stores you need to go in with an open mind. Don’t look at the items as to what they are, but look at what they have the possibility of becoming. One example is my new Ringmaster cane that I used this year in my Creepy Carnival. I found this skull at Walgreen’s. It was a transparent skull that had blinking lights inside of which kids had played with until the batteries were dead. I saw it as a topper for a cane and purchased it for .25 cents. I painted it to look like a sugar skull and glued it on a metal stick I found in the garage.
Just have fun with your imagination and that is where your best pieces will come from.
My experience shows that most people are only thinking of the large picture. They concentrate on the main piece for the decoration such as a witch or any large creepy figure and then they think it is complete. But it is truly the small pieces that complete the scene. For example, my ElsBeth corner display has been used in my living room now for four years. Each year it grows from me adding the small details. You might think that a small piece goes unnoticed, but it is those small details that blows people away when they look at it.
People will come into my home and they say, “Oh look at the old witch in the corner!” then they get closer and then they start commenting, “Oh my heck, look at her chalice and wow look at the rats climbing on the furniture, wow look at the bottles in her apothecary.” They start taking pictures and I notice they are shooting the small detailed items that make the scene complete. My goal has always been to make my decorations such that the closer people look, the more surprises they find.
Okay I’m starting to ramble here. What I’m trying to say is this; When you are trying to create a scene such as a witch, think of the complete picture. I start looking online for witch scenes. I check out witch movies and think to myself, “If I ran into this witch, what would her surroundings include?” Be thinking of those things when you go into the stores this week. You are not looking for deals, but for inspiration.
Have fun shopping and remember to have a continuing Happy Halloween!