People are stepping up their Halloween game this year with some truly spooktacular swag. I’m not made of money, so I haven’t been able to buy nearly as much as I’ve wanted to. Here are some of my favorite Halloween 2017 offerings; I hope you enjoy!
Halloween Bundle on Nicolle’s Dreams – This kawaii witch charm and planner sticker set was too cute for me to pass up. A must-have! She also has really cute zodiac charms and stickers available.
Halloween Exclusives 2017 on Fiendies – Planchettes, spirit boards, and tote bags in the Fiendies signature style. I especially like the Arcane Arachne Planchette and Spirit Board Set though note, as a witch, I do not recommend working with spirit boards.
Halloween Party Collection and Monster Mash Collection by Sharodactyl – This year Sharodactyl has made two awesome Halloween-inspired collections. I bought the Bat Crepe pin, the Halloween Party pack, and the Ghost Float pin; they are all really high quality, too.
Hatsune Miku Trick or Miku – One of the few Hatsune Miku items I own is a Halloween sculpture and I absolutely love it. This figure is stunning and pretty pricy ($150), but makes an amazing piece of Halloween decor. I have never gotten into the expensive statue collecting scene, but were I to, this would be my gateway piece.
Witchy Drops Enamel Pins by Colourfy Me – This is the image up top! This is a really cute set of three enamel glitter pins in the shape of teardrops. They have a matching unicorn set that’s adorable, too.
I hope all of you are having a fun Halloween pre-game! Let me know if there’s anything new this season that you just couldn’t resist.
Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction by Malcolm Gaskill is the fourth book in the series that I’ve read and the 228th published in the series overall. The series is massive, so I feel like there’s a never-ending stream of interesting books flowing my way. Witchcraft is a particular favorite, and I liked it even more than my most recent read, Slang. The older illustrations that were selected are especially entertaining because they show the way that witches were imagined in the 16th and 17th centuries. Oddly one illustration, Hendy Fuseli’s The Nightmare, is captioned as having a “wild-eyed horse,” but the horse is clearly a ghost. At least to me, but I’m not seeing a second interpretation possible there. Along with illustrations and paintings are photographs, too, including one of a witches’ bottle from 2004 and a really funny one of a medium from 1930 ‘channeling’ a spirit into what looks to be a trash bag with a face drawn on it by a child.
The ‘witch-bottle’ that’s discussed is particularly interesting to me because it was buried upside-down and included nails, pins, hair, fingernail clippings, urine, and a pierced leather heart. The author continues “whether it was intended as protection against witchcraft or the means to reverse a spell, we’ll never know” (34). Why would they never know? Maybe ask a modern witch, you know, one that’s alive. I don’t mean to alarm any muggles out there, but witch bottles are still super common. That it was buried upside down may or may not have been intentional. Pins and nails are common protection items that would be universal to tons of witch bottles in existence today, not just historically, specifically ones to protect a home or person. Further, the nails, hair, and urine obviously belong to a person; it’s likely to belong to one person, and equally likely to belong to the person who created the bottle. Finally, the leather heart is pierced by presumably a pin or nail (why Gaskill doesn’t specify I don’t know, and I wish he had) seems to indicate heartbreak or pain. I posit that the witch bottle discovered was made to protect the creator from the pain of heartbreak, or to break the influence of heartbreak on that person. I suppose it could be to inflict heartbreak on someone else, or give them a heart attack, but they would need to DNA test the bottle. Whose DNA is on it, and is it all the same person? Because that’s actually really important. I don’t know a non-awkward way to explain this so I’ll just say it: I know all this stuff because I’m a witch. A practicing modern witch who picks up rusty nails when she sees them to make, you guessed it, witch bottles.
Two new Nendoroid More sets are here for Halloween 2017: Vampire (boy) and Witch (girl). Why they’re labeled as a boy and girl set rather than what their costumes are is beyond me, be que sera sera. They are a August 2017 release, and both sets are currently in stock (links below). Nendoroid More is a line of accessories and environments/swag for Nendoroids that are bought separately from the figures. These accessories range from cute (Pikachu case for extra Nendo head) to strange (office clothes bodies and tanks) and are interchangeable with all Nendoroids.
The Witch set is up first because it’s my favorite. Witch-themed anything is going to capture my attention, and the idea of being able to dress one of my Nendos up for Halloween is too cute. I hit the pre-order button very quickly on this cutie.
The Nendoroid More Witch set comes with a purple and orange plaid base with stand, ghost with stand, witchy girl body, pumpkin pale, witch hat, devil horns, pitchfork, devil tail, and zombie hand. Not shown are stickers of spider webs, fangs, scars, and blood drips that are also included with the set. You can see one of the spider web stickers on the figure above; since they’re single use I don’t see them as much of a selling point, but I won’t complain about them as extras.
Mizna Wada Halloween Witch Pin
I thought it would be fun to do a Handmade Halloween Gift Guide this year and so here we are with episode one! Usually people do handmade gift guides around the winter holidays, but I’m really more of a spooky girl, so I’m covering Halloween instead. Mizna Wada is a go-to shop all by herself so she is the subject of my first gift guide.
Above is her adorable Halloween Witch Pin ($8) made out of shrinky dink, made special for Halloween 2015. I ordered one myself because I collect handmade pins, and you can also buy this cutie as a ring.
Mizna Wada Bottled Girl in Red
Next up is this spooktacular Bottled Girl in Red ($10) which I am also the proud owner of (and the blue). With three designs in four colors the bottled girls are cute and unique. They’re made with a piece of clear plastic inside so it looks like the girl is floating; it’s quite clever actually. I got some early versions and I think they’re even better quality now.