30 days of halloween: terra cotta skull candle holder

We know that Day of the Dead, like Halloween, only comes once a year. But this flowery terracotta skull candle holder from West Elm really speaks to the Frida Kahlo in us. Yes, it’s great to use as a centerpiece this time of year, but we can imagine bringing it out for Cinco de Mayo or any other Mexican-themed feast. Best of all, it’s on sale: Now $18 marked down from $35 at Westelm.com.

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30 days of halloween: zombie doorstopper stops us in our tracks

Walking around the neighborhood yesterday, we noticed more than one “living dead” skeleton trying to escape from front yard gardens. What fun! But what would your guests think if they spotted this grizzly little guy peeking out from your door? Made from a urethane resin, this crawling zombie may have been squished by your door, but he’s not going down yet. Seems worth $20 for a good fright, don’t you think? Spotted at the fancy.com (which we are totally addicted to, btw).

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30 days of halloween: bloody knife spatula and more

Nothing’s more fun than licking the spatula after whipping up a batch of brownie batter, but even the most sugar-addicted tongue will think twice before taking a swipe of this collection from Spatulart. We especially like the bloody knife one, which looks like something you’d find in Dexter’s kitchen. All them come with handy square corners that help you get the good stuff out of any tight spaces and wipe the bowl clean (except for trace DNA, of course). Click here to find out where you can buy one near you.

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30 days of halloween: spider web bedding – creepy or cool?

For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been relishing in our favorite holiday’s decor accoutrements, embracing everything from doormats to bath towels. But even the most devoted enthusiast among us has a hard time getting behind Halloween bedding. On one hand, we’d rather have a some gothically-chic sheets like this spider web set from Sin in Linen than, say, ones from another encroaching holiday with candy canes and snowflakes on it… but we’re not sold (especially not for $120/queen set). After all, isn’t your bed the last place you’d want to see cob webs?

What do you think: Spider web bedding — creepy or cool?

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30 days of halloween: our favorite d.i.y. wreath

This is a repost from October 2010.

It’s not often that I feel compelled to create one of MSL’s “Good Things,” but when the October issue landed at our house, I fell in love with this creepy Halloween wreath idea. The project is simple enough: Pick up a twig wreath at Michaels. Spray paint it black, and then glue some creepy crawlies onto it. (The magazine suggested using florist wire to twist them on, but a glue gun works okay, too). Martha’s was focused on snakes exclusively, but I branched out (pun intended) and added some spiders, rats, bats and bugs (all found at a Dollar Store). I am pretty pleased with the results, and plan on packing it away to use year after year. Coming soon: A spooky, cob-web covered porch. Stay tuned! — Angela M.

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