Over the past few days, I've been binging on mini-sized rolls of Necco Wafers (seriously, I need to cut it out or my teeth are going to rot and fall out) and contemplating which cheesy "summer camp gone bad" horror film from the '80s to add to my Netflix queue (yes, I still have one). This, of course, can only mean one thing: Halloween is just around the corner. 


Without a doubt, the best Halloween decorations are the homemade ones and the ones created by Mother Nature herself (or my personal favorites, vintage Biestle diecuts). But what if you aren't keen on gourd displays or simply don't have the time to craft tombstones out of recycled cardboard? Check out these creep-tastic décor items that are lovingly handmade by someone else.
Sure, it's just more stuff that appears in your home on a seasonal basis — although many of these items can be used year-round if your decorating tastes lean towards the macabre ... just hide the skeleton cereal bowls before the in-laws visit — but it's stuff that's made with care by a real person and not in some far-off factory. Additionally, many of the below items are made from natural and/or recycled and repurposed materials. And perhaps most importantly, these are things that you won't throw away after a couple of years unlike flimsy plastic Halloween decorations (my apologies, Oriental Trading Company enthusiasts). 
So please, take a quick break from planning your "Michele Bachmann Crazy Eyes Costume"and freaking out your neighbors with grisly lawn displays involving John Deere riding mowers to consider adding these handmade goodies to your existing arsenal of Halloween adornments. 

Reshape Studio Porcelain Baby Doll Head Candy Dish/Planter and Saucer @ Supermarket ($45)


Recycled Wood Zombie Decoration @ JohnBirdSong's Etsy Shop ($24.99)


















Recycled Glass Candy Bowl @ West Elm ($24.99)















Papier-Mâché Pumpkins @ West Elm ($12 - $49)















Black Crow Coir Mat @ Uncommon Goods ($27)















Baby Hand Soaps by Foliage @ A+R Store ($20)















Cast Stone Pumpkin @ Terrain ($16)
















Bone Appetit Cereal Bowls @ foldedpig's Etsy Shop ($55/set of 4)











Bats Letterpress Coasters by 12fifteen @ Supermarket ($12/set of 8)









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

Macabre and Mother Nature-approved: Handmade Halloween decor
On the hunt for Halloween decor that isn't of the disposable, made-in-China variety? Check out these 9 ghoulish handmade goodies that you'll want haunting your