Vintage Halloween Vignette [Easy Ideas]

Vintage Halloween Vignette [Easy Ideas]

This vintage Halloween vignette is fun and easy to make using inexpensive supplies to create cute and spooky vibes in your home decor.

Welcome to this month’s Pinterest Challenge, hosted by Cindy from County Road 407! Fall is officially here, and we’re celebrating with a collection of gorgeous fall decor displays to give you plenty of inspiration.

If you’re stopping by from Lora Bloomquist’s gorgeous pottery display, welcome! I’m so glad you’re here.

Pinterest Challenge

If you haven’t heard about the Pinterest Challenge before, here’s how it works: Several different bloggers take the same photo and create something similar that will work in their own homes, and with their own style. It’s so fun to see all the different interpretations of the same photo!

Our inspiration photo this month comes from The Cottage Journal and highlights Gloria Parker’s gorgeous 1830s home all decorated for Fall.

September 2023 PC inspiration photo

My vintage-loving heart was immediately drawn to her use of old books and photos mixed with white pumpkins. Right up my alley!

In fact, for this month’s Fall Home Tour, I did something similar on my mantel before Cindy sent us the inspiration photo.

Fall Living Room Mantel

Rather than recreate something almost the same thing again for this challenge, I decided to put a fun Halloween spin on my display.

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My Vintage Halloween Vignette

Vintage Halloween Vignette [Easy Ideas]

I have this vintage secretary desk that’s been waiting for a makeover for quite some time. It was the perfect place to stage my spooky vignette.

I gathered up my supplies to incorporate some Halloween decorations into the inspiration photo:

  • vintage books
  • mini white faux pumpkins
  • photo frame
  • flameless taper candles
  • plastic spider rings
  • Halloween “floral” arrangement
  • Halloween garland
Spooky Halloween Vignette [Easy Ideas]


I have no shortage of vintage books around my house that are family heirlooms, and I enjoy using them in displays. However, if you don’t have any old books, you can easily find them at thrift stores and flea markets.


The silver candle holders were a thrift store find, and I’ve filled them with my favorite flameless taper candles. I have two sets of these battery-operated candles with a remote because I love them so much.

This set is the one that looks like it has dripping wax and it’s perfect for the spooky vibe I’m trying to create here. I also have this set that I used on my Fall mantel. Mine are all ivory, but these candles also come in white and other colors, too!

Spooky Halloween Vignette [Easy Ideas]


I use a lot of mini faux pumpkins in my fall decor, and I’m particularly fond of the white ones.

I have them in my dining room corner cabinet, on the kitchen island, on the entry table by my front door, and also on my front porch.  They’re so cute and versatile.

Halloween “Floral” Arrangement

Since the inspiration photo contained a fall arrangement in a pretty piece of pottery, I added some Halloween picks from Dollar Tree. (Dollar Tree is a great place to shop for creepy decorations since Hobby Lobby doesn’t carry Halloween items.)

I didn’t have a vase or pottery piece that looked “Halloween-y”, so I used a large Mason jar and spray painted it black. Easy-peasy and no extra charge to buy something.

Vintage Halloween Vignette

Old Picture Frame

I didn’t have a collection of small vintage frames like the photo, so instead I repurposed the tiny frame in my Vintage Butterfly Display from earlier this year. I filled it with a creepy vintage bat photo that I printed and cut to size.

Small Spooky Touches

Vintage Halloween Vignette

I already had this vintage-inspired magnifying glass, and it was the perfect addition to my Vintage Halloween Vignette– especially with a couple of creepy spiders “crawling” about.

I purchased this bag of plastic spider rings in the trick-or-treat area of Target for $1. They worked great for wrapping around the handle of the magnifying glass, the taper candles, and tucking in between the book pages!

This cute bat garland with wooden beads was a $3 Target find from the Dollar Spot.

Vintage Halloween Vignette Display

Night Lighting

I love this vintage Halloween display during the daytime, but when it lights up at night, it’s even more fun and spooky!

Vintage Halloween Vignette

I added a string of twinkling, battery-operated fairy lights on a timer to the inside of the bookcase. Along with the candles, they come on automatically each evening and add an extra Halloween glow to the display.

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Happy Halloween

This vintage Halloween vignette was so much fun to create and cost me next to nothing because I repurposed most of the items from things I already owned. (Total purchases amounted to about $7 and are all things I can use again next year.)

This display would be so cute for your next Halloween party.  It’s got a fun, spooky vibe without being too scary for the little kids in your life.  

And the best part? It’s fully customizable, so feel free to add a skull, a jar of eyeballs, apothecary bottles, Halloween pumpkins, or anything else you like to make it even creepier!

Next, I invite you to hop over to Thistle Key Lane and see Michelle’s subtle Halloween display.

Also, don’t forget to check out all of the beautiful fall displays linked below.

Happy Halloween Decorating,

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20 thoughts on “Vintage Halloween Vignette [Easy Ideas]

  1. Niky, love love love your English desk decorated with the candles and books!!! Makes me think of Book, Bell & Candle… I think that is a book and/or movie from long ago, but some kind of Alfred Hitchcock movie maybe. Love the spooky effect with the night lighting!! Really fun decor!

    Enjoy your desk all decorated for fall,

  2. What a fun ideas to use your secretary for your vignette. It looks perfect. The candles are so pretty and the open book with the magnifying glass is perfect too. Well done and very pretty.

  3. How fun to change it up for Halloween! The elements in the inspo photo are actually perfect for that. And how cool to have an entire secretary to decorate. I bet it’s fun to see each day. Love it all. Such great ideas.

  4. This is such a fun and festive display Niky! I love how you added the little spiders and the dripping candles were such a clever addition too. It all looks so good! Hugs, CoCo

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