The first arrangement has a particularly Salem, Massachusetts-cerca-1692 vibe thanks to the puritanical black & white color palette paired with a color-coordinated familiar (in this instance, the family rabbit).
All of the bits in this arrangement (minus the single chocolate dahlia) were dried & dead things I found around the neighborhood, on various hiking expeditions, or in my parent's backyard. Above, a dried hydrangea plus an ominous orange tree branch.
Bonus: These desiccated plants require no water, so they last indefinitely!
This next one has a Tim Burton-y, bizarro fun-house vibe, thanks to the elongated vase, neon green mums, and miniature pumpkins on spindly sticks (which are actually ornamental eggplants). Also, a crab claw for a bit of monster.
And finally, the "Classic." A branch of dead bougainvillea, chocolate dahlias (one must have chocolate on Halloween), some yellow mums for filler, and the ripest pumpkins-on-a-stick. Scattered around, real miniature pumpkins, and an eggplant that I thought matched the vibe.
I'm a little nuts about these dahlias--they're the closest to black I've seen in flowers, excepting Queen of the Night tulips. Oh, by the way, this post is also the debut of my fancy-schmancy new DSLR camera! It's a Nikon D3200, and I'm still getting used to it. Stay tuned for another creep-tastic post later this week featuring Wednesday Addams, the campus of an abandoned medical facility, and my new camera's capabilities.