The Halloween decorations at my house live in an over-sized plastic tub most of the year. Usually by Mabon ( Autumn Equinox ) they're brought out of their hibernation, dusted off, and placed carefully around the room. I love their bright colors-even the ones with a lot of black on them seem bright. When I was living up North, my Grandmother and I would visit a farmers market that had a huge gift shop full of Fall decorations. The Halloween things were mostly reproductions of primitives you would have found early in the last century-pumpkin and vegetable-headed dolls, hand-woven scarecrows, punched tin lanterns, corn dollies, tin cut outs, garlands of dried flowers. They were displayed all over the shop on antique furniture, with just the right amount of dustiness. Visiting the W Farm Mart (several times) was the highlight of the season for me.
I haven't found anything here in the south to replace that experience, but I'm certain there are places that exist that are similar- I just haven't stumbled upon them yet. Meanwhile, the mega craft stores-Joann's, Micheal's and AC Moore will have to do. Pier 1 isn't so bad, and World Market had some pretty neat pseudo-primitive stuff. Mostly I got to look instead of buy, just to be among the decorations and soak in the vibe.
cardboard. There are a few strategically placed cut-outs in it to allow for lighting. It used to have a little fence which was slotted to the front but is long gone. Mom brought it home from a stationary store when I was in the second grade, and I remember it was $ 2.00-expensive then for any decoration. That was nearly 50 years ago, and I marvel at the condition it's in, that a half century has gone by. Here it's pictured with a few of it's contemporaries- the paper bat at the upper left was part of a fold-out garland, and the tin owl lantern which holds a tea light.
At one point in my life I was an art teacher, and also making ceramics. I had purchased some molds and made clay slip to pour into them. My kiln kept blowing out all the circuits in the house, so I took my bisque ware to a friend's ceramic shop to fire it, and spent many wonderful hours talking over coffee and learning about glazes. This witch (left) is from that period and is painted with acrylics and wired so the jack-o-lantern lights.