Halloween Boo-ty
By Karen Parr-Moody

GasLamp is always at home with the holidays, and for Halloween there is a blend of everything from unique collectibles to one-of-a-kind handmade items. It's easy to get creative for Halloween with such a boo-tiful group of goodies.

Jason Parker Counce's booth is a Halloween destination place, for it is a stylish intersection where goth meets glitter. Playing up Halloween's inherently creative vibe, Counce uses his talent as an inveterate crafter and artist to turn out an array of items. His booth is currently haunted by Pumpkin People, well-heeled witches, velvet pumpkins, papier-mâché cats and stuffed owl ornaments. Counce's love of Halloween over any other holiday began when he was a mere toddler and his grandmother, a seamstress, fashioned him a cat costume out of her old mink coat.

Counce encourages shoppers to "recycle, reuse and restyle" their homes with wonderful items from GasLamp for the holiday. Or, when talking about made-from-scratch items, he suggests shoppers "invest in something that makes you smile and bring years of enjoyment with a small investment toward handmade, American, local craftsmen products."

 

 

Some such products are Counce's "Pumpkin People" as seen in photo, above right ($65 each; Booth B-309). "My 'Scarecrow Couple' is made of velvet, with real stems, and vintage early 1900s fabrics and buttons," he says. "Hand stitched and bursting with personality, the boy carries an old log cabin bank; the girl carries her pumpkin and some Fall corn getting ready for a Thanksgiving feast."

Another of Counce's fun and festive items is the vintage-inspired cat head in the photo, left, which gains added drama from its over-the-top size and shocked expression ($125 each; Booth B-309). "This oversized papier-mâché black cat candy container would make a fantastic centerpiece for this Halloween," Counce says. "Fill it with candy and just watch the kids in all of us light up, reach in and grab a handful of fun!"

 

 

 



While not specifically a Halloween item, this figural cat goldfish bowl stand is perfectly wicked (photo, right; $49; Booth B-307). Imagine the elegant tablescape that could be created with this cat poised in the center and a bouquet of orange roses arranged in the fishbowl. It would be equally at home dressing up a chic cocktail cart; to complete the look, one could add vintage barware found at one of several GasLamp purveyors of these collectibles. Either way, it will be right at home at any Halloween hootenanny.

Anna Haferman's booth, The Mom and Pop Culture Shop (B-2015), is like walking into a closet and winding up lost in time. But this Halloween, her fashions couldn't be more of the moment for those who want to dress up in the style of a bygone era. The 1960s, for example, is more popular than ever if TV is any indication of the public's continuing fascination with the era. Joining "Mad Men" are the recent premieres of the "Pan Am" and "The Playboy Club," both set in the '60s.

Not only does Haferman's booth include racks of clothes, it also has a bevy of hats from which to complete one's costume (photo, left). One is by Frederic Fox, one of England's distinguished milliners, who was born in Australia in 1931 and has been making hats for decades; the hat was originally sold at Harrods of London. Another wonderful hat, a fur pillbox, is from Elsa Schiaparelli, the famous Italian designer and contemporary of Coco Channel. And there are many more, with prices starting at a mere $10.

 



Another clothing purveyor at GasLamp is the inimitable Aria Cavaliere of Parlour Vintage Clothing. The slinky black dress in the photo, right, is one of many retro fashions at her booth ($70). Of this dress, she says, "Be the spookiest of all in this delightful black disco number. Elvira eat your heart out!"

This season GasLamp’s antique dealers have brought in merchandise that will no doubt get shoppers into the spooky mood of Halloween. So whether its for trick-or-treating, throwing a ghoulish party, or just dressing up a festive room, GasLamp is full of frightfully fun ideas.

 

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