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 CoverSugar Skull Pillow Cover by TheWatsonShop @ Etsy





Poltergeist Tangina Psychic Wall HangingPoltergeist Tangina Psychic Wall Hanging - "This House is Clean" by MamaMinutia @ Etsy






Skull PlanterSkull Planter by Mudpuppy @ Supermarket







Skull NapkinsSkull Napkins @ A&G Merch







Pennywise the Clown Minimalist Halloween Print

Pennywise the Clown Minimalist Halloween Print by Posterrity @ Etsy







Porcelain Fingers Bowl

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







Salvaged Roof Tip Bats

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







Zombie Love Wedding Portrait

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

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Eerie and artisanal Halloween decor
My picks for a few ghoulish handmade goodies that you'll want haunting your home for the long haul.