As soon as the clock strikes midnight on 30th September and the calendar flips over into the first few minutes of 1st October, the world goes Halloween mad. Everywhere you look there’s black paper bats hanging from the ceilings and pumpkins lining the floor – there’s no escaping it.
My version of Halloween is a little more low-key – I get cosy indoors with candlelight, a blanket and a mug of tea, and either watch a scary film or read a book that’ll give me chills. My own subtle nod to the occasion (along with the bag of sweets that I buy for “the trick of treaters” *ahem*)
As it’s only Ben and I in the house, I don’t bother with Halloween decorations, but I know a lot of people do and this year there are so many fantastic options to buy that I think Halloween lovers are spoilt for choice!
This weekend, Ben and I popped down to my little piece of heaven on earth; Homesense. My love for this shop is no secret; I honestly feel so much joy when I walk in their door and I could spend hours wandering about looking at everything they have to offer and, as expected, they’ve pulled it out the bag when it comes to Halloween!
The Homesense Halloween aesthetic this year is very much skeletons and skulls, with a few ghosts, ghouls and witches thrown in for good measure, however, I don’t think a heavy emphasis on skulls is any bad thing! The Homesense Halloween style is much more ‘grown up’ than the standard Halloween decorations you tend to find on the High Street and as so many people have skull décor in their homes all year round, the less obvious Halloween-y pieces could definitely be kept on display after October has passed us by.
This skeleton bride was the first thing that caught my eye as we browsed the shop; unfortunately I couldn’t find a matching groom, but these would be an awesome little added extra for anyone having a darkly-themed wedding celebration. Or, perhaps something perfect for the increasingly popular divorce parties I’ve seen happening? What better way to mark the end of a marriage than with this tongue-in-cheek piece?
Having dragged Ben around behind me like a puppet on a string and thoroughly looked at every single item on the shelves, I think my favourite piece out of the whole shop was this hanging plaque featuring a rather dapper skeleton gentleman. It put me instantly in mind of the classic haunted mansions you see in horror films, with the Lord and Lady of the manor still wandering the hallways long after they’ve left this mortal plain. I tried working out how I could justify buying it and fitting it in to my current décor, but it’s so off of our theme that it’s impossible. A shame because I bloomin’ love it!
As always with Homesense, the quality of everything is brilliant. It’s all sturdy and well-made and will definitely stand the test of time (as long as your Halloween party doesn’t get too raucous!) It also doesn’t look cheaply made which is something I sometimes find with novelty decorations.
There really is so much to see in store, with not only decorations like this but also Halloween style party supplies like paper cups and plates, plus table decorations and napkins. There’s also a whole range of different spooky style sweets.
Anyone fancy themselves a gothic, horror style globe? Cos they’ve got ’em!
Now, Halloween fans, on to the exciting bit – I’m hosting a little Homesense Halloween giveaway where you can win these goodies:
‘Beware of things that go bump in the night’ hanging sign
Black skull decorative plate
6 glass skeleton shot glasses
Entry to this giveaway is super simple via the form below. I’ll draw the winner on Friday 20th October and they’ll be posted out with plenty of time to arrive before the 31st.
UK residents only
The winner will be notified and given 48-hours to respond, after which a new winner will be chosen.
As always – and as their biggest fan-girl – I can’t sing the praises of Homesense enough. Their products are unique, good quality and well-priced meaning whenever I visit I always find something to fall in love with.
However, if Halloween isn’t your thing and Santa is more your bag than Satan, never fear, they’ve started to get the beginnings of their Christmas bits and pieces in place now so get yourself down there in a couple of weeks once they roll more of their festive stock out and you’ll find your very own little wonderland.
Good luck everyone!
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