Halloween “Alamogordo Style” using vintage objects for Halloween decoration | Conservative Alamogordo Daily


Halloween window displays and home decor accents are an act of love and a celebration of creativity. Those made with vintage objects incorporated into the display elements provide a feeling of authenticity with a nod to recycling and a second life for antique or vintage objects.

Thrift Store Treasures Easy Budget Halloween DecorationRoadrunner Emporium

Antique, thrift, and home decor stores found in most cities or towns such as Good News Thrift Store, Mia’s Collectibles, Roadrunner Emporium, or Local Bodega on New York Avenue, Alamogordo, New Mexico are a great option for Halloween accents and decor giving items a second life.


Decor by Rusty Easton Roadrunner Emporium2nd life media

Halloween brings pressure to decorate the house, but do we really want paper spiders and cobwebs around the house? Probably not the color black is our friend. Go to a local thrift store or vintage home decor store on New York Avenue and grab a flower arrangement and paint it black.


painted black flowers2nd Life Media Inc

At the Roadrunner Emporium, local artists have created unique accent pieces that complement any decor without being garish. Accent with themed lamps such as those made by Toni Gentlewing, made to look spooky and the perfect accent for the holidays. The lampshade is interchangeable and can also be decorated for Christmas with Mrs. Gentlewing’s accents.


Decorative Halloween Lamps by Toni Gentlewing2nd life media


Pumpkin Decor by Rusty Easton Roadrunner Emporium2nd life media

By using vintage items during the holidays, you create a unique display that will stand out from traditional seasonal decor from used or upcycled items. It will bring an eerie refresh to a vintage room and is sure to grab attention.

Old glass bottles or apothecary bottles

From the 16th century, apothecary bottles were used to dispense medicines, tonics and ointments. Made of mouth-blown glass and identified with decorative labels, pharmacists and others used them for display purposes. Early bottles often contained Latin inscriptions of their contents. Some had a recessed section where the label was applied; then it was covered with a thin piece of glass to protect the label from being damaged by the contents of the bottle. Most vintage apothecary bottle paper labels were not glass coated and wore over time.


Old bottles found in thrift stores around the world make great decorMia Alamogordo’s collectibles

Some vintage apothecary bottles contain labels describing their original contents. Bottles with labels identifying spooky contents or Halloween-related terms, like this first bottle of witch hazel, work great as Halloween decor.

Fortunately, aged glass bottles and early apothecary bottles with worn labels look creepy. If they have original labels identifying scary content like poison, tonic, or blood and liver pills, that’s a bonus. You can line them up on a shelf or group them under a cloche or on a pedestal for a fun Halloween display.

Silhouettes or old photos


Distressed silhouettes make perfect holiday decor2nd life media

From the 18th century, silhouettes are two-dimensional, featureless representations of a person, animal, object, or scene, filled in as a solid form. They are usually framed and presented in one of these ways: cut out of black paper and pasted onto a light background; hollow cut from light-colored paper and pasted on a dark background; or painted on ivory, plaster, paper, or upside down on glass or old photos or images of men or women in haunting poses evoke the tingling of the senses.


Old photo silhouettes make a good Halloween decorGood news Alamogordo thrift store

These shaded silhouettes evoke a sense of ghostly weirdness that makes them perfect for display during Halloween.

Since the silhouettes have a dark appearance, they could easily be displayed for Halloween. You can create a gallery wall of it for a monochromatic effect. Collect a few cat silhouettes for a “black cat” theme. If you want even more Halloween, you can cut out a witch’s hat from black paper and stick it on the head of a female bust portrait to represent a witch. Be sure to stick the hat directly to the glass and not the actual silhouette so you don’t damage it when you remove the hat.

Scary signs or billboards

The signs used to announce a person, a place, a product or a service date back to antiquity. Billboards were and are still used today to encourage people to take a particular action. Some of the earliest billboards contain words that evoke spooky vibes and are perfect for use as Halloween decor.

Vintage advertising signs that depict death work well as Halloween decorations.


Old signs a haunting message for Halloween2nd life media

Some examples include signs originally used to promote services such as palm and tarot card reading, divination, ghost hunting, and similar services. Additionally, death-related signs used in a funeral home, morgue, or cemetery work well as Halloween decor. Finally, vintage panels containing images such as black cats, bats, ghosts, witches, spiders, skeletons, pumpkins, scarecrows, etc. also put you in the Halloween mood. Simply hang the sign on a wall, place it on a shelf, or display it on your covered porch to celebrate the holidays.

Candelabras and Chandeliers


aged chandeliers make great temporary decor2nd life media

A candelabrum is a multi-armed candlestick or holder for holding candles. Before the invention of electric light, candelabras provided light for nighttime activities like reading and writing. Often made of silver, gold, brass, copper, iron, or crystal, candelabra typically contained ornate designs and were prominently featured in homes.


Candelabras and old lamps for Halloween Decor2nd life media

So what makes them appropriate for Halloween? If you’re like me and watch classic movies about haunted mansions, you’ll likely see a ghostly figure lurking in the hallways at night, holding a lit candelabra. Thus, they set an ominous tone for Halloween.

Lighted candelabras create an eerie ambiance and lend themselves well to a Halloween theme.

Place a candelabra on your dining table or sideboard as a centerpiece. Add flickering flameless taper candles for a spooky effect. Spice up the spooky factor by stretching a cobweb or cotton batting over the candelabra’s branching arms.

Although these vintage objects can be displayed all year round, displaying them during Halloween breathes new life into them to bring them back from the dead or into a new life. It’s a great way to bring everyday vintage decor to life in seasonal decor and create a distinctive look for the Halloween holiday.

Antique and decor stores such as Good News Thrift Store, Roadrunner Emporium, or Local Bodega on New York Avenue are a great option for Holiday Accents and Decor.

After Halloween or the fall festivities, let’s remember that our wildlife loves the REAL pumpkins that served as decor.


Feed the old wildlife watermelons after Halloween2nd Life Media at Lincoln Cloudcroft State Park

Don’t throw away pumpkins after Halloween. Find some woods or a field near you, open them up and go for the wildlife to eat. Pumpkin is safe for them and the seeds act as a natural dewormer. (Make sure you break them open so the deer don’t get their heads stuck in them!) 2.5 billion pumpkins produced, only a fifth are reused. The rest ends up decomposing in landfills, creating methane gas that harms the environment. So recycle those pumpkins at wildlife (or even at a wildlife rehab if there’s one near you or ask a local farm if they want some for their cows or pigs) recycling more a source of food for hungry animals.

Let’s all be safe, decorate and have fun this Halloween and remember our wild 4-legged friends when the holidays are over.


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