Yeah, it’s coming. You can tell by the corn mazes popping up across country landscapes, the air beginning to have a crisp nip, and the grocery store shelves groaning under the weight of a plethora of candy. For people that embrace things that go bump in the night, the best time of the year is rapidly approaching. Halloween. An estimated 148 million Americans will partake in some sort of Halloween activity this year and will shell out an average of $66.28 per person on candy, costumes, and decorations. In fact, Halloween enthusiasts are expected to spend $1.6 billion (yes, that’s with a “B”) on decorations alone to scary-up their homes. Those animatronic grim reapers and zombies aren’t free, you know.
We at Lark being a fun-loving bunch, are not immune to the allure of All Hallow’s Eve and have a treat for the holiday reveler. Susan Wasinger, uber-talented craft mistress of the dark, has worked her magic to help clever, crafty folk spookify their houses—both inside and out—in preparation for the big day (or rather night). Her new book, Artful Halloween: 31 Frightfully Elegant Projects, is chockablock with ideas to make your abode frightfully fashionable for the season (Disembodied Hand-in-Glove, anyone?). Pumpkin decorating has become incredibly popular and you may think you’ve seen it all, but we beg to differ: the Peck of Pretty Peculiar Pumpkins section elevates the art to new heights—and no carving is required!
Having some friends over? The Demented & Illuminated Yard Specter would love to greet them. The combination of fluttering fabric and glowing, glittering light makes this guy the quintessential shape shifter.
Have you ever noticed that old photos of people you don’t know, who lived a long time ago, are just creepy and strange, especially if their eyes glow eerily? We encourage you to set the table—and the mood for your next dinner party—with Creepy Old Photo Place Cards.
This is just a little peek into some of the good stuff being served up in Artful Halloween. Other projects include a garland made with black skeleton flowers, a “blood” splattered paper bouquet, and black doily spider webs.
Susan is also the author of Eco Craft, Fabricate, The Feisty Stitcher, and Sewn by Hand.