It's that time of year again ... yet another cruddy "Paranormal Activity" sequel will soon be hitting theaters, smudge sticks and EMF meters are flying off store shelves, and yours truly has started eyeing — but not buying — the candy corn selection at CVS (no candy for this boy this year).

Halloween is just around the corner.

Realizing that it's often just as daunting — and time-consuming — to plow through the handmade Halloween decor offerings on websites like Etsy as it is to go the full-on DIY route by conjuring up recycled milk jug skeletons or getting all Martha Stewart on an oversized gourd, I'm here to lend a non-severed helping hand with a few spooky, standout recommendations.

And I've said it before and I'll say it again: Sure, this is just more stuff that appears in your home on a strictly seasonal basis — unless you're big on skulls — but it's stuff that's unique and produced with care. And perhaps most importantly, it’s the kind of stuff that you probably won't throw away after a couple of years unlike plastic, mass-produced-in-China decorations.

So please, allow yourself to take a quick breather from perfecting your twerk, re-watching your favorite horticultural horror film, and fretting about the state of your eyeballs to consider adding these ghoulish handmade goodies to your existing arsenal of Halloween adornments.

Sugar Skull Pillow Cover by TheWatsonShop @ Etsy ($50)

Poltergeist Tangina Psychic Wall Hanging - "This House is Clean" by MamaMinutia @ Etsy ($15.99)

Skull Planter by Mudpuppy @ Supermarket ($42)

Skull Napkins @ A&G Merch ($32 - set of 4)

Pennywise the Clown Minimalist Halloween Print by Posterrity @ Etsy ($24.11)

Porcelain Fingers Bowl by Kina Ceramic Design @ Supermarket ($29.99)

Salvaged Roof Tip Bats @ Dryads Dancing ($25 - $32 each)

Zombie Love Wedding Portrait - Altered Vintage Plate (10.75") by BeatUpCreations @ Etsy ($99)

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