February 24, 2021

Halloween Decorating: Are You Spooky or Too Cute to Spook?


Halloween is my favorite holiday to decorate. Maybe not my favorite holiday, but definitely my favorite to decorate! As I get older, though, I reflect on the way my style has changed over time. When my sons were little, it was a more kid-friendly style of decorating. They wanted to dress as superheroes like Batman and Spiderman, or even Cowboys and Indians, but as they got older, their tastes changed as well. They wanted to be scary and wear the scream mask. 


As I think about how they’ve grown, I, too, have grown with them, decorating in a variety of styles. I remember buying cute candy bowls with bulging eyes or bowls sitting on sneakers. Then we went through the scary stage where we had clowns (not the cute kind) and witches. 

Now that they’ve left home, though, I find myself really gravitating to vintage. I don’t know if my preference has changed due to the appeal of vintage or just because it reminds me of my younger days. When I was little, I didn’t get to have store-bought costumes. In fact, I think, for many years, I dressed myself as a hobo. I’m pretty sure I didn’t know what a hobo truly was, but it was something I could do in dressing up for Halloween that didn’t cost my parents money.  The good news is that it got me candy either way. Speaking of candy, who remembers those days of getting popcorn balls, now-or-laters and milk duds? We always considered ourselves lucky to get a bite-sized candy bar.  These days they just have candy bars. Piles of them. Sometimes even full size!!! Forgive my digression.

So the Vintage Halloween look is my new style. Such pieces are definitely hard to find (or authenticate) anyway, but you can find a lot of stuff that’s vintage-inspired, and it often does just fine. I love when I can find Johanna Parker Vintage Halloween.  Those are some of my all time favorite collectibles. 

My friend, on the other hand, loves all the new stuff. She loves to color coordinate and has all the right placements of decorations throughout her home.  She has a great mixture of Rae Dunn Halloween black and white with the vibrant colors of the Johanna Parker Halloween collections. I love it, but I also love how my older pieces make my heart happy and remind me of my youth. And happiness is what it is all about in the end.


What is your style? Are you spooky? Are you cute? Or, like me, do you dress your home in something fun that you simply relate to either through your children or just because it reminds you of something from your past?  Do you have something you hunt for?  A vintage collectible that takes years to find or even some of the new pieces that can take weeks to hunt.  No matter what your preference, Holiday Pizzazz has several artists to choose from, including Johanna Parker, Rachel Garrison of VanDolls Folk Art and LeeAnn Kress of Charmed Confections, a Bethany Lowe Designs artist. 

Shopping at Holiday Pizzazz, you should find what truly makes you happy when it comes to decorating for the holidays.  We are here to help!