31 Days of Halloween with Slay — Day 5, Decorating with Etsy

Whether you’re planning on throwing a party or just want the Halloweeniest house on the block, turning to Etsy for your (occasionally) handmade seasonal bric-a-brak is a no brainer. Hah! A no brainer! Thematic pun! Sure you’ll find your mass-produced, made in China stuff hiding in your searches, but there are some great, creative props available on the site that will help liven up your festivities. Liven up! Hah! I’m on a roll.


The Vibe:

Skull Wreath

The atmosphere starts outside. Set the tone with jaunty holiday wreath.

Skull Wreath, $75.00, Designs by Gee

 Fake Spell Book

Prop ‘spell’ book. Includes book stand and fake raven.

Witch Spell Book, $39.00, by Oddsurd

tombstone invitations

Tombstone styled invitations for your happening Halloween party. I look forward to receiving mine in the mail.

Tombstone invitations, $7.75, Damn French Desserts.

Miniature Ouija Boards

Did you ever see the movie Witchboard? No? Ok, don’t watch it before you give out these tiny Ouija boards as party favors.

6-pack Mini Ouija Boards, $4.75, Fallawake


The undead are so hot right now.

Zombie Clock

 How about a zombie cutout clock? Make your own joke about killing time here.

Zombie Clock, $42.50 by Moral Mustache.

Zombie Coloring Book

A party favor? Activity? Strange present for nephews from weird Aunt Slay? Appropriate for all of the above.

Hand drawn zombie coloring book, $4.00, by PartyOn.

Zombie Finger Cookies

Munchies for your table spread. You can make your own, but lazy decorators like to let someone else do the heavy lifting.

Zombie Finger Shortbread cookies, 7 to a box, $14.00 by Ruthies Cookies

zombie mobile

BRAAIINNSS. Perfect for over a child’s bed. If you really don’t care for that child.

Braaains: The Zombie Mobile, $36.00 by Salty and Sweet


Look, stop complaining about vampires being over. It’s not going to happen. Stop trying to make it happen. Now, pull open your Edward Gorey illustrated copy of Dracula and get used to it.

Halloween Luminary

How fantastic would these look in front of your house? Super fantastic. You can do a whole monster theme — they also have a Night of the Living Dead, Frankenstein’s Monster, and black cats.

Dracula luminary, $10.00 each, by Minks Paperie

Coffin CouchFor the truly committed with cash to burn, invest in this re-purposed coffin couch. No word on whether the top works so you can hilariously trap your party guests inside.

VonErickson’s Original Coffin Couch, $4,900.00 by VonErickson

vampire hunting kit

A little Buffy vibe for your Halloween party. Priced for the same people who’d buy the couch.

“19th century” Traveling Vampire Kit, $400.66, by The Rag and Bone Emporium

Nosferatu Walll Decal

Nosferatu inspired wall decal. Install in your spare bedroom for the drunks that need to stay over. You can also accessorize with a flock of bats.

Nosferatu Shadow Wall Art, $29.00, by Pillerbox Designs

By [E] Slay Belle

Slay Belle is an editor and the new writer mentor here at Persephone Magazine, where she writes about pop culture, Buffy, and her extreme love of Lifetime movies. She is also the editor of You can follow her on Twitter, @SlayBelle or email her at

She is awfully fond of unicorns and zombies, and will usually respond to any conversational volley that includes those topics.

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