Everything starts with pulling all the Halloween merch out of the shed. This stash includes a few left-overs from last year, plus some yard sale finds, and all the items I bought at clearance sales last year. This year, it came to six tubs and four bags. This also includes fall-themed decor and Thanksgiving-related items.
|Please ignore the mess on the back porch.|
Shots of the mostly finished table. I've used those tablecloths for the past three years. The one with pumpkins keeps bunching up in places. I keep smoothing it out, but it's kind of a never-ending battle. I didn't notice the problem until I had almost everything out and on the table and I really didn't want to pull it all off again.
|Front view. I love that Jack O'Lantern piggy bank!|
|Side view. Still in love with those foam pumpkin heads!|
|I think the different patterned tablecloths together is kind of cool.|
It's important to label everything really well when you put it in storage, since it's going to be there for nearly a year before you put it out. I label the outside of all my containers. I also indicate whether the items are new or secondhand and if they have been at the booth previously on the label. As you can see, this label was on a bag of bags of bones.
|I'm not sure why I put my booth number on all my labels, but I do.|
I usually make at least one shelf of Halloween stuff on my shelving that holds my "new to the booth" items. This is usually the secondhand stuff. That way, I can grab people as they walk down the aisle, even if they don't go into the booth and visit the table.
|I got all these items at a yard sale this weekend.|
|Ignore the orange tub. It was only in that spot temporarily.|
Is it legal to include two Amish dolls in with the pilgrims and such in your Thanksgiving display?
This is the whole Fall/Thanksgiving display. I don't do a lot of this compared to the Halloween, but I do think it's a nice touch to have.
Not all of the Halloween stuff would fit on the table.
|The lighting in that place is so bad for pics.|
Of course, it's not a Halloween display without a creepy bride doll in the middle of things! I've had a creepy doll in every Halloween display I've ever done. Since all dolls are creepy, that's not too hard to do. This is the second time I've had a bride doll in that role.
|She's in good company!|