Halloween Treats

By Karen Parr-Moody


Get frightfully creative for Halloween this year with the boo-tiful bounty of goblin-friendly goodies at GasLamp.


This season GasLamp’s antique dealers have brought in merchandise that is fall friendly, whether one is a fan of witches and goblins, or would rather skip the ghouls and opt for seasonal owls and pumpkins. 


One of the many hats Jason Parker Counce wears is that of professional interior designer; he is known for making the homes of Nashville’s well-heeled look fabulous for every holiday. Currently, his Dirt booth at GasLamp Too, T-309, is haunted with a Halloween hootenanny of handmade pumpkins, as seen in the photo at right (pumpkin with face, $20; medium print pumpkin, $12; large print pumpkin, $24).


“I have always been more excited about Halloween than any other holiday,” he says. His grandmother, a professional seamstress, fashioned him an extraordinary cat costume when he was only two years old.


“She took her old mink coat and transformed it into my costume,” he said. “I still to this day smile when I see pictures of that … or a black cat.”


Another crafter, Sheryle Bruno, made the spooky gourd in the photo, left, which she calls “Moon Over Halloween” ($59; featured in GasLamp Too’s themed vignette by the front desk). Bruno has been practicing gourd artistry for 10 years and runs a cottage business she calls Outta My Gourd. Halloween is her favorite holiday, for which she makes an array of witches, cats and skeletons.


Papier-mâché has been used to create masks in a variety of cultures, including those of France, Italy, India, Russia, China and Japan. Some were used in stage performances, while others were used in carnivals. The French used papier-mâché for masks, as well as for puppets used in their traditional puppet shows based on the Lyonnaise character, Guignol. The mask in the photo, right, is of a clown and would be well-suited to a shabby chic style of Halloween décor ($60; B-125).


GasLamp is filled with talented and knowledgeable dealers, and Terry Quillen is certainly one. In addition to writing about antiques, she also makes a variety of items, from authentic reproductions of antique dolls to papier-mâché Easter eggs, under the name Atelier Chéri. The Halloween houses and pumpkins seen in the photo, left, are more examples of her abundant creativity, found at Booth T-618 at GasLamp Too (large toile pumpkin, $32.50; medium toile pumpkin, $18.50; small house, $15; large house, $28.50.


Booth T-2012 at GasLamp Too has also gotten into the spooky mood with this folk art, hand-painted screen (photo, right; $225). After all, what animals is better suited for Halloween than a mysterious cat?


The Halloween assortment at GasLamp is always a hodgepodge of everything from the rare to the handmade to the laughably whimsical. As your Halloween guests head up your pathway, you can make sure a boo-tiful array of décor awaits them with GasLamp’s help.


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