With the nights drawing in, it’ll soon be the end of October – and that means Hallowe’en. More correctly known as All Hallows Eve, this ancient festival has pagan roots and marked the end of summer and the harvest season. The ancient Celts believed that on this night, particularly at midnight, the doors opened between this world and the next so that spirits could pass through. This is the tradition behind our modern wearing of masks at Hallowe’en, as if you had to leave your house in pagan times you’d be sure to go disguised so that spirits couldn’t recognise you as one of the living.
These days, the greatest danger you’ll have to face at Hallowe’en is probably groups of children looking for sweets – so why not stay indoors and embrace your darker side with these stylish, quirky and fun home accessories?
1. Skull table lamp, Smithers of Stamford
If you’re after a talking point for a side table, then this skull lamp is the very thing! It’s made from a thin sheet of acrylic glass, that has been laser engraved to create a 3D lighting optical illusion. It costs £145 and is available from Smithers of Stamford.
2. Moonsong witch cushion, At Home in the Country
The design on this polycanvas cushion is from an original painting by Sally Anne Lambert. It measures 12″ by 12″ and has a plain navy blue back. £14.50, available from At Home in the Country.
3. String of orange and purple lights, Lights4Fun
This string of 20 lights will add an essential touch to any Hallowe’en themed dinner party. With 10 orange and 10 purple perspex festoon caps spread evenly over 4.75m of black cable, these are suitable for indoor use and cost £19.99 from Lights4Fun.
4. Orange parquet design wool throw, Marquis and Dawe
What could be nicer on Hallowe’en than cosying up to the fire with a mug of hot chocolate and wrapping yourself in this pure new lambswool throw? Adding a pop of bright colour to your home, this soft throw has pop of orange for you home. This soft wool throw has a fine geometric pattern, similar to the classic parquet design. £75, available from Marquis and Dawe.
5. Skull candle, Candellana
Indulge your inner Gothic princess with this geometric skull candle in steel-coloured wax. With a 70 hour burn time, this substantial candle would make a great table decoration for a Hallowe’en themed dinner party. £19.99, available from The Glow Company.
6. Spider cobwebs fleece throw, British Made Gifts
This anti-pill, soft fleece spider cobwebs throw will keep you toasty no matter how cold it gets. You can even personalise it by adding your own image or lettering. Prices start at £21.99, available from British Made Gifts.
7. Resin skull, Smithers of Stamford
Embrace your inner Hamlet with this bronze effect skull, ideal for use as a paperweight or as a decoration on a shelf of books. This would look great as part of a table centrepiece on Hallowe’en. £30, available from Smithers of Stamford.
8. Poison whisky decanter, Balvi
Display your poison of choice in deadly designer style with the Poison Whisky Decanter. It features a three-dimensional hollow glass skull suspended in the centre of the bottle; instantly transforming this one-litre glass vessel into a talking point in your home.£22, available from Red Candy.
9. Black cat mug, Sophie Allport
Sip your Hallowe’en brew from this ‘Black Cat & Bone’ fine bone china mug. It features illustrationsblack cats sitting and strolling around the mug. There’s a few grey fish bones dotted around the mug with one featured on the inside rim at the handle. £11, available from Sophie Allport.
10. Skull tidy, The Natural History Museum
This realistic-looking skull is designed as a desk tidy but would also work as a plant pot. You could also use it to serve snacks, but maybe only on Hallowe’en or the neighbours might start to wonder about you! £45, available from The Natural History Museum.