Here's the issue: Halloween ornaments are generally released in October but Christmas trees go up in December. If you don't plan ahead, you could be coloring snowflakes with black sharpies, painting jack o' lantern heads on your snowmen and hanging tinsel while pretending it's silver "spider webs."
Thank goodness we have the internet.
No matter what your shrubbery of choice is: Christmas Tree, Chanukah Bush, Halloween Tree, you gotta decorate that thing so that it's the most sincere. Not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.
I was trying to find an ornament that encapsulates the classic It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Hallmark has done a great job over the past 5 years in releasing various tie-ins to the TV classic, but I think this particular one does it best.
You've got the kids trick-or-treating and Charlie Brown's awful discovery with the quote right on the bottom.
Click HERE to get it on Amazon.
I always find that a tree needs some "filler" ornaments. You can't just have a media blitz of different styles and themes. There has to be some constants sprinkled throughout to tie it all together.
I think THESE glass ball skull and crossbones in gold will do the trick.
Just the right amount of holiday glitz with Halloween fun.
3) GLIMLINGS FUNFLECTORS
Though not ACTUALLY an ornament, the twisted little jack o' lantern Funflector looks like it belongs hanging from a branch.
Plus, the reflective material will probably kick the light from your tree strands nicely adding a little orange flicker to your holiday corner.
Read up on 'em HERE in a past post with links on where to buy.
If ever there's a time to integrate The Nightmare Before Christmas characters into your decorating, it's in ornaments.
There's a million different ones out there, but I like the classic simplicity of THIS Jack Skellington head. The round skull with black glittery eyes and a black and white ribbon as a hanger makes this a welcome addition to any tree without being overly gawdy or kitchy.
I like using words that end in "y" apparently.
Halloween has ghosts.
And when you have ghosts... who you gonna call?
Ghostbusters! They're ready to believe you.
Hallmark released the Ghostbusters Ecto-1 back in 2009 and I deem it worthy of any tree decoration.
As it was released a couple years ago and is now out of production, it's a little pricey on Amazon HERE, but you can also find it on eBay.
I'm always looking for a glowing jack to add to the tree. But show me a glowing jack with a Santa hat? Sold.
Fellow Halloween website Cult of the Great Pumpkin has a Zazzle store HERE with a few different Halloween ornaments, but this one is my pick.
While skipping through the internet pansies, I stumbled upon THIS website for MoonHallowVintage.com and its "Witch Ball" line of ornaments.
They're a bit bigger than normal ball ornaments (3 1/2" across) so consider that before buying one or forty.
I liked the look and feel of these: sort of like a cross between Christmas Ornaments and toy Madballs. The Mummy was my favorite with the Skull in a close second.
Handmade of Paper Mache and available HERE.
I'm really picky about my vintage Halloween decorations. They can't be too googly-eyed and the colors should stick to a classic black, orange and cream and then poof--- there was a set.
This "Frightful Spooks" 6 pack features slightly scary, not too googly and certainly spooky ornaments of iconic Halloween imagery: black cat, witch, skull and various ghosts.
I found a set for the low-low price of $15.99 HERE at ChristmasTraditions.com of all places.
The internet is a crazy place. Black is white. Steak is soup. Christmas is Halloween.
There's a whole line of Halloween wooden ornaments HERE at AdventOrnaments.com. All are really wonderful with all the classic characters like ghosts, witches and skulls represented, but there's also some original choices like buzzards, scarecrows and a haunted house silhouette.
I like the classic lines of this wood-cut jack o' lantern ornament.
At only $5 per ornament you can get the whole set quite quickly and cheaply.
I thought I could do it.
I thought I could narrow my pick down to only one Peanuts ornament, but I can't.
Though my first choice was "I got a rock." my close second is this 2011 ornament released by Hallmark of Sally and Linus in the pumpkin patch.
It's even got an action feature that allows Snoopy to rise up.
C'mon, how can I pass that up right?
That's worth breaking my own rules.