Some of the blogs I follow (The Halloween Tree, Old Fashion Halloween, and Vintage Halloween Collector) eagerly alerted me to the fact that Michaels has begun to put out their Halloween decorations. (For those of you that don't know, Michaels is an arts & crafts store in the US & Canada.) I had errands to run today anyway, so I figured a quick stopover couldn't hurt.
My first stop was the JoAnn's that's practically across the street from my house. While they keep out their leftover Halloween fabric year-round, they only recently got their new shipment of fabric for the season. There are some fun new fabrics, such as this purple one, but I particularly love this poison fabric. It would make a fun tablecloth for a Halloween party, but knowing me, it will likely end up as a dress. Sadly, my store doesn't have that in stock.
I had stopped in a few weeks ago and noticed they already had out their Thanksgiving decor out, but no Halloween. I was certain that it would be out by now, but they still had nothing. I asked a clerk and he said he didn't now. He asked a manager and was answered with a shrug and a vague "soon."
Though I went to Michaels next, I will save that trip for last. Third on the list was Hancock Fabrics. I have only been to the one nearby my house, and I must say that I am not impressed by it. It's mostly the poor service that gets to me, so I usually only drop in when JoAnn's is closed, JoAnn's doesn't have what I need (and I need it immediately), or to peruse their Halloween items. They also had out their Halloween fabrics. Some were nice, but not nice enough that I wanted to buy them at full price, so I skipped on them. They did have out some minimal Halloween decorations, which is a good sign. Service was much improved this time around, so I might stop in later in the season when prices are cheaper.
My final stop was Target. When I finally found a clerk (after almost approaching two customers because they were wearing bright red shirts with khakis - oops!), I was given an apathetic "Uh... Maybe mid-September?", which seems to be pushing it a little close.
These books are so cute! Last year I decorated the organ in my living room with actual novels (Dracula, the works of Poe, etc). While I knew they were there (as I was the one who arranged them just so), I don't think they stood out enough for my guests to realize their appropriately spooky nature. These are festively distressed and easy to read, so I think they will be perfect for the organ. And, if not, I will arrange them on the coffee table.
I plan on using those flasks in the kitchen, nestled among the Halloween foods. I was a little (pleasantly) surprised at Michaels' variety of poison/witchy flasks. I will likely purchase more in the coming time. As for the tombstones, I do not have a particular plan in mind for them. I might just take them to work to decorate my desk. But regardless, they will be used.
I cannot express how excited I am for the coming season. I have already started to plan the menu for my Halloween party and arrange games. (Along with a fun little contest for the blog, if things pan out.) Of course, I still don't have a costume picked. Drat.