A Halloween design round-up

With Halloween just around the corner, we’ve brought together some of our favourite spooky designs and ghoulish products. Don’t have nightmares…

Creative Spark’s Little Print Shop of Horrors

Child's Play poster
Child’s Play poster

Manchester-based consultancy Creative Spark has launched a charity Halloween Design Challenge, which has seen designers recreating classic horror film posters.  Among the movies selected are A Clockwork Orange, An American Werewolf in London, Rear Window, Let The Right One In and Edward Scissor Hands. The posters are on sale online and in Manchester’s Northern Quarter cafe North Tea Power. To see all the posters visit www.creativespark.co.uk

The Sanctuary

Witches, by John MF Casey
Witches, by John MF Casey

For his forthcoming solo show in east London, artist John MF Casey has reconstructed a semi-fictional cult through a series of two and three-dimensional pieces. As such, the perhaps aptly-named Wayward Gallery is transformed into a place of worship, which, on the final night of the exhibition, will host a night-time performance piece demonstrating the ‘cult members’’ religious rituals.The performance, presciently timed to coincide with Halloween, will see members of the public initiated into the space as though they too are members of The Sanctuary cult, to be treated as ‘patients’ by Dr Voynitsky. The works aim to explore the idea of ‘innate criminality’ of some religious movements, according to exhibition organisers.

The Sanctuary runs from 25 – 31 October at The Wayward Gallery, 47 Mowlem Street, London E2

Spooky Skulls

Skull doorhandles, by Philip Watts Design
Skull doorhandles, by Philip Watts Design

When it’s not working on far more sensible things like interiors for Greggs or Yo! Sushi, consultancy Philip Watts likes to look the dark side square in the face, as shown by this glittering (literally) collection of Halloween skulls. The consultancy has designed a  range of Skull Handles which come in two sizes – the ‘giant handles’ of extra scare or the smaller ‘little drawer handle’ for a more subtle spook. Those looking to channel Damien Hirst as they reach into their sock drawer will love the hand set Swarovski finish on offer.

CultureLabel’s Halloween Edit

Spider In A Web Necklace, by Amanda Coleman
Spider In A Web Necklace, by Amanda Coleman

Online design store CultureLabel has launched a series of suitably scary products. Among our favourites are some lovely jewelry pieces (which, in our slightly gothic view, would be great all-year-round) – including these Gold Skeleton Hands Hoop Earrings by Momcreatura  atLuna & Curious x Momcreatura , the Beetle Wing Necklace by Rheanna Lingham, also at Luna & Curious and the Spider In A Web Necklace by Amanda Coleman. See the rest at www.culturelabel.com.

Trick or Treacle

Lyle's Trick or Treacle pots, by Design Bridge
Lyle’s Trick or Treacle pots, by Design Bridge

And possibly our favourite Halloween project is Lyle’s limited-edition Black Treacle pot. Created by Design Bridge, the packaging can have a second life as a trick-or-treat collection pot or, with the addition of some tea lights, as a spooky light-up pumpkin head. You’ve just got to find a way of eating 454g of black treacle before Halloween.

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