On Halloween, one’s imagination can transform otherwise ordinary spaces, such as the front porch, into hair-raising sights of scariness. Outfitting a porch with spooktacular decorations is a sure way to attract costumed creatures who will arrive in droves on Halloween. The frightful finds at GasLamp will surely increase the thrill of trick-or-treating.
It’s a breeze to decorate a door with tiny skeletons, a grapevine wreath, black lace and sparkly orange spiderwebs. We love an array of Halloween colors: black, white, orange, purple and green. We also love vintage Halloween decorations like creepy cats and blow-mold ghosts.
Any self-respecting vintage lover must have some blow molds in their Halloween décor repertoire. This vintage blow-mold ghost is a classic example of midcentury Halloween decorations ($165; Booth B-389). At 34 inches tall, this white ghost holds a black cat and lights up from within.
Check out this hairy, scary goblin and tell me he isn’t terrifying ($29.95; Booth B-210). Decked out in a gauzy gray ensemble, this goblin has painted his nails black and – interestingly – wears a wedding band on his left hand (aww, somebody loves him!). He’s the perfect decoration for the Halloween enthusiast, from his scraggly black hair to his red pupils. Suspending him with a transparent filament wire from the front porch’s ceiling will allow the cloth to flutter in the wind in a most ghostly manner.
Get subtly spooky with this brass jardinière with ram’s head handles and paw feet ($139; Booth B-234). A large oval structure with bowed ribbing, this jardinière makes an excellent catchall for Halloween candy or autumnal flowers placed on the front porch. The ram-head handles hint at the historical roots of gods of the dark arts. The satanic “horned god” symbol known as Baphomet derives from an Egyptian ram deity called Banebdjed, who was the soul of Osiris, the god of the underworld. So this brass bowl is a sophisticated reference to the classic Halloween symbol, the devil.
A CREEPY CAULDRON
This elegantly rustic English coal-scuttle could perform on your porch as the creepiest cauldron ($198; Booth B-130). The copper bucket, designed in the classic “helmet” form, likely dates to the late 1800s to early 1900s. This English antique would infuse any front porch on Halloween with Old World authenticity via its luscious metallic patina.
A WITCHY BROOM
Traditionally, a broom brings good luck when hung upside-down in a home; the long-held notion is that it sweeps away negative energy and generally protects the dwelling. This particular “broom” at GasLamp Antiques is a sheaf of wheat tied neatly with a black bow and finished with a jute-wrapped handle ($15; Booth B-103). Just in time for Halloween decorating, the broom reminds us of the folklore that associates brooms with witches. It’s perfect for hanging next to the front door.
Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays for decorating. It brings out the kid in all of us as we balance the spooky with the silly. A front porch decorated in Halloween style will announce one’s enthusiasm to the neighborhood.
Product photos by David Wariner. Header photo by Bee Felten Leidel.