Stock up on DIY supplies
Yes, I made a haul of Michael's supplies last week, but there's definitely more to find. For the coming year I'm thinking of stocking up on ribbon, wooden shapes and coffins, fake flowers, stamps, and stickers. Bane of GIY: Goth it Yourself has a post about some great Halloween fabrics that are going up on sale, and maybe this is the time to learn to make myself a skirt (I'm eyeing this fabric but my sewing skills aren't exactly up to scratch.)
Halloween Movie Marathons
For something not-that-scary? Nightmare Before Christmas, Paranorman, Ruby Gloom, and their ilk. But then there's metric tons of horror movies out there (I have The Cabin in the Woods, The Devil Inside, 1408, and Grave Encounters, cued up, besides a whole host of vintage horror movies I found, and I plan on gorging myself on them until Halloween is over. If I suffer a heart attack from high-sodium popcorn, I'll let you all know
Dress to the Nines
I think I missed the Goth gene that makes people bothered by "it's not Halloween yet!" comments from passersby. It's not even an insult, really, just them demonstrating their knowledge of the date and their own misunderstanding of our subculture. Either way, as Halloween approaches and autumn sneaks up on us, I'm taking the opportunity to dress up more and more. Hopefully I'll have a fascinator to add to my outfits soon.
Flavors of the Season
Beyond just Halloween candy, there are a lot of flavors of autumn and Halloween that will put you in the mood. Pumpkin is a big one, but you can add licorice flavor to your cooking with a bit of anise, which tastes wonderful. Not to mention cookie cutters shaped like Halloween favorites (if you have metal ones, pop them in a frying pan and fill with batter to make shaped Halloween pancakes. If you are of drinking age (or are feeling rebellious), hard cider, absinthe, apple schnapps, spiced rum, and those kinds of flavors are great for the season. Or you can follow Jayne of The Dark Victorian's recipe for Absinthe cupcakes, which look delicious.
Browse for Decor
I'm saving this mostly for the very, very brief window of time after Halloween where everything is for sale because there's this pesky holiday mark up to contend with during the rest of the season. This year I'm looking for candle sticks, cupcake liners, plaques and signs, plates, and maybe a few other bits and bobs. Long, long ago I posted a guide to Halloween Decor for Year-Round Design, and I'm still going to adhere to those rules.
Speaking of decor, I finished crafting my plaques made from last week's Michael's Halloween Haul!
First I finished the tombstone one, which was done vertically. Black paint on the background, a skull ribbon for hanging, and the tombstone itself.
That tombstone is kind of a silly story because I couldn't find grey paint or white paint (to mix with my black paint) so I was kind of stuck. In the end I used a mixture of gray crayon, silver gel pen, gray colored pencil, and black paint smudged with my finger. I think it turned out alright, no?
Next, I did the bat one.
I hung glued the bat horizontally and did a longer ribbon.
The face was added with silver gel pen. I've rubbed it with my finger and it doesn't smudge or anything, which is great for me.