05 October 2018

A Literary Halloween at That Sort of Shop

I started seeing Halloween decorations in my neighborhood as early as Labor Day this year, and with the approach and arrival of October more and more have been creeping in. While I love Halloween, I prefer to wait until fairly close to the actual evening to decorate and get excited, when there's an invigorating crispness in the temperature and a sense of mystery in the breeze. Since we've been experiencing Indian summer where I live, it seems a little early for jack-o'-lanterns and the like just yet for me!

Canterville Ghost Banner from That Sort of Shop

But, since I know many people like to get an earlier start on their Halloween planning and celebrations, I recently restocked my collection of Halloween paper pennant banners in my Etsy shop. Each is inspired by a spooky work of classic fiction: Dracula by Bram Stoker, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde. They all feature pennants printed with real text from each story, along with Gothic and historically-inspired patterns in a classic Halloween color scheme of orange and black.

Dracula Banner from That Sort of Shop

As with all of my literary banners, I chose patterns and motifs that reflect each story's style, theme, and setting. Some of my favorite details in the Halloween collection include the dapper English black houndstooth pattern in the Canterville Ghost banner, the alphabet motif that looks like eighteenth-century typeface in the Sleepy Hollow banner, and the Gothic architectural prints in the Dracula and Frankenstein banners.

Sleepy Hollow Banner from That Sort of Shop

I think these banners add a sophisticated literary air to Halloween home and party decorations, and look especially bewitching draped from a mantelpiece or over suspended above a buffet of tantalizing treats. If you'd like to order one for yourself, please do so by October 26th for best chance of delivery before Halloween! Once they vanish they'll be gone for another year, so snatch them while you can.

Frankenstein Banner from That Sort of Shop

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