Do you want to know where you can go to celebrate Halloween year-round? To Spooky Little Halloween’s abode, of course! Well, unless you’re an invited guest, you may have to hold off on visiting her residence in person, but I’ve done the next best thing by featuring her on this edition of Vamp Jenn’s Crypts! Get ready for an inside peek at this haunted apartment located inside a century-old building in Houston.
Miranda is the mastermind behind the blog Spooky Little Halloween where All Hallows’ Eve is not a holiday, it’s a lifestyle. From recipes to DIY projects, she covers all sorts of topics related to October 31st. Plus, she sends out “Treats Not Tricks” weekly emails and a special Halloween Zine packed with more creeptastic goodies.
Every year during spooky season, she gives tours of her dwelling on her blog, and she’s been gracious enough to allow Vamp Jenn’s Corner into her crypt. Her Halloween home design style is fun, vibrant and brimming with character. I did mention in the intro that her place is haunted, and you can read about that in detail in her post, “The Story of My Ghost.”
Now, it’s time to hear from Miranda in her own words! The delightfully spooky content creator opens up about the methods to her madness when it comes to Halloween decorating, gives her recommendations on where to shop for decor, and much more.
Q: On your blog Spooky Little Halloween, you’ve given tours of your home, and your place looks fantastic! How would you describe your aesthetic?
A: Let’s call it spooky cute Halloween party! I like décor that has a bit of a vintage feel to it but also looks (or is) handmade. I find year after year I’m moving further away from the mass-produced décor and more towards one-of-a-kind pieces.
I also like my space to feel festive, like a Halloween party, so I incorporate banners, tassels, and paper fans into my décor. Lighting helps with this a lot and can really transform a space.
Cozy is a word I get a lot when I share photos of my home decorated for the season, and as a Taurus that always makes me so happy. I take a lot of pride in making my apartment a place I want to be, so it’s always rewarding when someone describes it as cozy. To me, that implies it’s a place you’d want to curl up with a book and spend a rainy afternoon.
Q: What have been your sources of inspiration?
A: My friends who are also content creators are my biggest source of inspiration. I love the eye that Laura (@thehalloweencollector on Instagram) has for layering décor in her home. She does such a great job of bringing together unique color schemes and pairing vintage décor with newer items.
My friends Andrew and Devin who run Your Best Halloween Ever have THE most dreamy home. We call it The Witch Cottage because that’s what it feels like when you step inside. Their living room always has a great gallery wall and bookshelf display. I love how they pull everything together.
My last pick would be James from That Halloween Bro. Everything I’ve learned about Halloween lighting has come from him. He has a great guide on his site, and lighting is such an easy way to take things to the next level without spending a fortune.
Q: Where do you like to shop for your spooky decor?
A: I do my fair share of browsing at the big box stores. Michaels and At Home are usually at the top of the must-see list each season.
I’m finding more and more, though, that I’m wanting unique, handmade items. Last fall, I visited my parents in northern Wisconsin for a few weeks, and my mom and I went to several craft shows. I found a bunch of great items, like a paper mâché pumpkin and two more fabric pumpkins with real wood stems. They all had so much personality. When I go shopping this year, I’m definitely going to be on the hunt for things like this.
We’re also incredibly spoiled to have so many artists and makers who sell items year-round. VanDolls Folk Art is a fantastic source for beautiful handmade décor pieces. I’m also obsessed with the spooky embroideries Cat & Magpie puts out. And if you want some new die cuts with vintage-inspired designs, check out Vintage Spooky Company.
Q: What’s your approach to decorating? Do you prefer to DIY or get help from family and friends? Do you plan ahead or just wing it?
A: Since it’s just me at the Spooky Little Apartment, I do all the decorating myself. When I get started, I usually have one main decorating idea in my head and let the rest of my décor fall into place around it.
For the past few years, I’ve used my TV stand as the focal point for my décor. I don’t like doing the same thing twice so that changes year to year. One year, I used a Halloween countdown calendar as the centerpiece. The next year, it was throwing literally every die cut I had up on the wall. In 2020, I made a collage on the wall above the TV using a bunch of the Halloween cards I’ve received from readers over the years. In 2021, I twisted crepe paper to look like it was coming from inside a witch hat hanging from the ceiling to fill the space, and I loved how that turned out.
Last year, I borrowed an idea from Laura and James and wallpapered my wall with fabric. Then I popped everything out of the frame that hangs above my TV in the off-season and put three of my neon lights inside of it so they looked framed. It turned out exactly as I pictured it in my head.
Q: I know you keep it spooky year-round, but does your interior decorating style during Halloween season differ from the rest of the year in any way?
A: The color scheme is vastly different! My day-to-day home décor is a lot of teal, hot pink, and navy blue with some pops of golden yellow thrown in. I also don’t like a lot of knick-knacks. Most of my décor consists of styling books and plants with a few decorative items here and there.
That said, my office space stays Halloween year-round. It definitely sets the mood for when I’m working on projects for the magazine or website. I suppose my bedroom qualifies as spooky year-round. I have some of my more witchy décor on a shelf in there and a small gallery wall of photos I took in cemeteries around the country. Around my dresser I use as a vanity, I also have a small shelf with hooks where I display a lot of the spooky purses I’ve collected.
Q: Is there a must-have Halloween decorative piece that you need to have in your home at all times?
A: A jack-o-lantern. There is nothing that says Halloween to me more than a carved pumpkin. I always keep one on my bookcase in my office. Right now, it’s a wide-mouth ceramic one I found at a craft show years ago for just $12. It’s meant for candy, but I love the big golden glow it gives off. I also have the jack-o-lantern lamp post from Target in the office, and I love seeing it flickering in here in the evening when it automatically turns on.
Q: Do you have any decorating tips for readers wanting to capture the Halloween spirit in their homes?
A: Above all else, decorate with what you love! The whole point of decorating for a holiday is to bring you joy, and as long as your décor is doing that, then you’re doing it right.
For those who maybe want to curate their collection a little more, I always suggest going through your collection and grouping together like items—do this by color or ghosts/pumpkins/etc. What do you have a lot of? What doesn’t really fit in? This is a great way to help recognize the aesthetic you’re drawn to and start refining things. Consider making a pact with yourself not to buy anything new unless it fits with that aesthetic, that way you’re building a true collection and not just collecting junk you’re going to give away or donate in 2-3 years.
Q: What future plans do you have in store for your home interior design and for your blog, Spooky Little Halloween?
A: I can’t say a ton about it just yet, but when it comes to design I’m definitely going to be changing things up for 2023 which I am VERY excited about. More on that will be coming in the early summer.
And honestly, the same goes for Spooky Little Halloween! I’m working on a major refresh of the website that will launch in the first half of the summer. I also have a top-secret project I’ve partnered with another content creator on that we’ll be announcing around Halfoween. It’s going to be a big year, and I can’t wait to share everything.
Where to Stalk
Spooky Little Halloween official website
3 thoughts on “Vamp Jenn’s Crypts: Welcome to Spooky Little Halloween’s Home”
Awesome tour and great interview, Jenn!
I love how Miranda celebrates Halloween’s fun, vibrant, almost whimsical side. With an artistic application of colors and patterns, to be sure, but also with an aesthetic which is fun and approachable. Starting with her finding treasures hidden even in the aisles of suburban retail.
All three stops so far, including your lair, celebrate different facets of the spooky arts. All three offer rich, deeply textured decor. Scenes which cry out for a third, fourth and fifth look. Yet each has been uniquely thrilling.
This has been quite an experience already. So far, A+, A+ and A+. What a superb idea it was to launch these explorations, Jenn!
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Thank you so much! Your praise is much appreciated. This whole series is special to me so I’m glad readers seem to be enjoying it. I’m on the hunt for more people to interview so we’ll see what the future holds.
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Cool – good news!
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