First, a confession: I’m not a huge fan of Halloween. I know it’s crazy but it’s true. That whole spooks and shadows thing? I just don’t dig it. But with the tykes and their growing curiosities, I find I have to balance my dislike – or fear – of something (peas! ugh!) while letting them explore, and possibly enjoy, as they grow into their own. So basically I just need to suck it up… well, within reason given their current ages.
Second, and this will sound rather ironic: a well-executed Halloween tablescape will always catch my eye. I’m usually not big on campy but I’ll take cutesy over over-the-top spooky, but give me a table top with interesting details and I’ll admire the creativity displayed.
Third: thanks to the tykes (yep, them again), setting up intricate Halloween decor to admire for a week or two on our table isn’t in the cards. Every single time we’d sit down for a meal or snack – or to work on a project – I’d worry about something getting pulled apart, a new glitter trail being created, or lighting the entire table on fire. But when I spied these skull candles (glittered to boot!), I figured it would be fun to help get in the spirit of things while keeping it simple now, but adding to it when the day was closer.
The boys seem to dig them. I love the glass candlesticks. I think they give a certain elegance to any occasion and reflect candlelight nicely, especially with the different heights grouped together. The candlesticks are also extremely versatile: I can use them now for Halloween and later for Christmas or New Year’s. A day or two before Halloween, I’ll cover the tray with deep red and maroon flowers, like dahlias, using a small floral sponge to hold the stems in place. I’ll be sure to do a little show-and-tell once it’s done.
If this were for a party, along with the flowers, I’d tuck in a few small pomegranate halves as an unique detail yet fitting for a fall fête. I’d also use wax dots to help better secure the skulls to the candlesticks (safety first).FYI: I picked up my skull candles in the housewares section at Metropolitan Market, the lower Queen Anne one here in Seattle. I didn’t have any luck finding them online, but the Z Gallerie skulls seemed pretty cool with the rhinestone eyes. Kind of reminded me of The Rescuers. like what you see? tell us all about it! follow sparrow and share the goods with friends! like it | tweet it | pin it | snap it