Chart Company - good resource for skeletons, skulls, etc. I've
heard really good things about their customer service. (Pop-up
Iron - plastic finials for PVC "cemetery" fences
Gossamer Fabric - make your walls look like a castle!
Catalog - I'm temporarily unlinking this, because I can't reach them! I have a gift certificate and have not been able to get through via phone, email or "contact us." I don't feel comfortable recommending them at this time. Hope this changes soon!
Entertainment (music alert) - tons of retail,
plus some how-tos.
I'm coveting some of the contact lenses!
- Gravestone Castings: Magpie Molly's castings & The Gravestone Girls.
- Halloween Costumes 4U - Reader-submitted. They offer free shipping on orders greater than $50.
- Halloween Haven (Grandin Road)
Memories* - 16"x20" Lenticular Portraits (I love my
Aunt Sarah portrait!)
Portraits - Multiple sized Lenticular Portraits, including affordable
5"x7"s. I have an 11"x17" Constance, and am
very impressed with the quality.
Studios - original artwork with spooky themes... on my wishlist.
The art is excellent, and the titles are almost the best part.
- Horror Decor - good for inspiration, but honestly, their prices are perfectly reasonable.
Sugar Skull (for Day of the Dead, but lots of Halloween applications
too, especially the molds section!).
Talbot's Lowbrow - seriously fun collection.
- Mr. Costumes - another submitted link. I love the fact that the plus-size section was so easy to find. No experience with them, otherwise.
Old Fashion Halloween. Vintage & reproductions.
- The Sunshine Shed - primitive garden ceramics
- Boneyard Bargains
- Halloween Trickery
Props (includes Parts, "Abouts" and How-tos)
- Individual Displays & How-to Collections
Fun & Links
Lips - mortuary novelties,
etc. Donates 25% of profits to breast cancer organizations.
- HT Updated Bubble
- Coffin-shaped Boxes:
great for favor boxes or mailing invites (I have tried the one from Pushin
Daisies* (they also have a fancy gift
box version)); 4HalloweenCoffins (music warning) has a smaller box.
Candles* Would help set the mood for your haunt/party. Also makes
excellent prizes or party favors! I ordered the Variety
Pack, and was happy with the service and the scents! Best of all, Dark Candles says that they almost never have issues with melting, so it's safe to order whenever.
My Favor Ideas
Details*- fun resource for Gorey-themed stamps, cards, etc., plus
tons of other spooky stuff.
Candies* - wax fangs & other candies.
Paper Toys - Excellent (FREE) paper coffins, etc.
Glowsticks, bracelets, etc.
- HT Mini
Vintage Postcard magnets - make magnets featuring mini versions
of vintage Halloween postcards
- Updated "Monster
Munchies" - Rice Crispy treats on a stick, covered with candy
melts and decorated. The online shop I originally linked to no longer
carries them, but I have a picture.
Cat - custom 1" pins and stickers. See an example here.
Daisies* - A "mortuary novelty shop", featuring tombstone
soap, all kinds of props and doo-dads related to Halloween, funerals,
- Skull Crushers - make these jelly-filled candies for favors or as desserts. Try them with brain-shaped molds too (I haven't shopped at this site yet).
- has a bunch of fun, silly items that might work for favors.
- HT Surprise
Ball - My brief how-to on making a fun (if a little messy) favor/gift
featuring yards & yards of crepe paper and a bunch of little surprises.
- HT Updated Mini Necronomicon
Book Invitation How-to
invitations (originally from Plum Party, no longer for sale)
Halloween Poems / Halloween
Poems (some from the latter are a little precious, but might
do for invites).
- REAL postage stamps, with your pictures on them! Pricey,
compared to regular stamps, but SO fun for invitations!!
- Rubber Stamps -
Fun for invitations or just to decorate the mail.
- If you're having a mystery party,
check out the fun "whodunit" stamps at Bartholomew's
Ink*. Stamp Francisco* (same company) has some really excellent
stamps too, and you can order from both catalogs on the same
order. I used one of their
skull stamps to make an appliquéd
pillow for a friend (stamped image was scanned, enlarged
and printed onto fabric).
Quotes from Literature (for invitations or sig lines)
Tag (sisvicki on the Halloween Forum suggested making plaster
toes like the reminder fingers shown in Martha Stewart Living
magazines (and, once upon a time, on their site & in their catalog)). If
you're a Lovecraft fan, peruse this site for fun items like
a Miskatonic University diploma or library card.
- Make Decorations
& Gifts & Stuff (Crafty)
- Food &