Paper Lovers' Guide to a Hauntingly Happy Halloween

Yikes, October is slipping away fast so posting all these wonderfully creepy Halloween decorations is perhaps a bit pointless... then again, maybe not! I have a feeling there will be less partying this year - thanks, Covid - but one thing I learned as a kid about preparing for holidays is how satisfying it is to be ahead of the game for next year as that was my mother's modus operandi.


Here is Etsy's Halloween Guide. Read on for mine... it's paper-centric, but of course.


two vellum Halloween luminaries feature scary images

Amberlyn Nelson in Oakland, California is a full-time artist who draws daily and creates an array of spooky designs that fill her Halloween shop, GiftsFromAmbiesAttic. She conjured up these properly blurry vellum Halloween luminaries and vintage-framed hand paper cut silhouettes too.


four gold vintage-framed black paper cut Halloween silhouettes on wall


Britta Buchholz in London will see to it that a three-pack of folded hanging bats from her shop TarasWonderworld swoops into your mailbox. 


trio of paper bats suspended from ceiling

She also stocks these large spiderweb paper fans that are stylishly shiny with their metallic gold lines.


black and metallic gold folded paper rosettes with gold spider design in center


And speaking of spiders, you probably wouldn't want to encounter one in real life that's as large as these card stock fellows from Taylor Bivens's Woodieblockhead North Carolina shop! The spider garland is six feet long and the arachnids measure 5 x 8 inches... now that's impressive!


pair of papercut black spider garlands


This Witch's House paper pack from Vectoria Designs is downright macabre. Tinne and Joachem in Turnhout, Belgium will see to it that you receive twenty 8.5 x 11-inch printables, all different, as a PDF digital download for your scrapbooking and decorating pleasure. They're 50% off at the moment!


four Halloween-themed paper sheets in brown, beige, and black tones 
These printable skull/poison labels (also 50% off) are another of their many frightful offerings. Tinne and Joachem suggest your guests use them as wine glass tags on Halloween night... but would they dare to drink it???
paper tags with image of skeleton head labeled Poison


How about a generous set of 17(!) black glitter skull, bat, and spider decorations floating down from your ceiling? There's even a skull chandelier to properly set the mood and creep out guests. They ship from London's Hooray Days shop that has a section devoted to Halloween.

black glitter paper bat, spider, skull, and chandelier decorations hanging from ceiling


Cecelia Louie of PaperzenShop in Vancouver, Canada wants you to have a hair-raising good time cutting and assembling these card stock coffin gift boxes via her SVG files. Fill them with candy corn and try to convince little tricksters it's rattling bones instead.... mwahhhh. 


coffin-shaped Halloween treat boxes


It's always Halloween in Jordan's Skelly Paper Co... a California shop for those who strive to celebrate the holiday all year long. It's where you'll find spooktacular Troublemaker's Wrapping Paper and 999 Happy Haunts Gift Wrap to shroud your carefully chosen presents.  


pair of Halloween presents wrapped in pumpkinhead paper with black ribbon and bow

Halloween gift in shape of coffin wrapped in striped ghost paper with black and white striped ribbon and bow

Last, but not least, Max Demyanov, owner of Maxpaper Studio [no longer active] in New York designed this pointy-toothed, low poly pumpkin head for you to download, print, and get to work play creating a mask or mantel masterpiece. The folded paper bat is sold separately... they make a chilling pair!


low poly pumpkin head mask and bat


Here's hoping your Halloween will be fang-tastic!


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