Halloween Food Inspiration: A Witch’s Dinner Party

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Couples Costumes Inspired by Gothic Literature

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Want to dress as a part of a gothic duo this Halloween, but don’t feel like buying sexy vampire costumes from Party City (the only thing you find when you google “gothic couples costume”)? Me neither. That’s why I’ve pulled together some couples costumes ideas plucked straight from the pages of Gothic literature. These easy-to- DIY costumes are suitable for any gender combination and will add a little bookish wit to any party you attend. Plenty of options for those of you flying solo this year, too! Scroll down for a chronological tour of literary characters.

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Haunting your House for Halloween: Mind Games and Parlour Tricks

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Halloween was traditionally a holiday of pranking, earning it an unsavory reputation as “the holiday of the vicious young boy”.  And no wonder– a night filled with broken glass, upside-down outhouses, and eggs caked on the side of your house doesn’t sound that appealing. Thankfully, we’re past this phase of Halloween (for the most part), but you can resurrect some of the spirit of “pranking” in a more tasteful manner. Continue reading

Etsy Treasury: Halloween 2014

This is the second of weekly Etsy Treasuries that will be featured on Tastefully Gothic. These posts will be a chance to show off the beautiful wares of many different Etsy shops at once. Each week I’ll try to come up with a different, hauntingly Gothic theme.

This week, the theme is Halloween 2014: Housewares and more for an elegant and modern Halloween!

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Etsy Treasury: Victorian Surrealism

This is the first of weekly Etsy Treasuries I hope to feature on Tastefully Gothic. These posts will be a chance to show off the beautiful wares of many different Etsy shops at once. Etsy lovers (like me) curate treasuries to showcase their latest finds in a gallery format, but some curators go above and beyond to create a cohesive, atmospheric gallery with a theme. That’s what I aim to do with my treasuries– and each week I’ll try to come up with a different, hauntingly Gothic theme.

Up this week: Victorian Surrealism.

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See the treasury on Etsy and track down the items for sale here: https://www.etsy.com/treasury/NTIyNTg4MnwyNzI0MzI5Mjc3/victorian-surrealism

And speaking of Victorian and Surreal, check out the artwork of Danny van Ryswyk

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