It’s fun to decorate for Halloween, and when you add the satisfying feeling of supporting a local maker, it’s an even better experience. I’ve been shopping around some small businesses in Iowa and found great items for Halloween — whether you get it for your house or for your friend’s.
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Looking for less creepy and more autumn decor? Here’s a collection of made-in-Iowa fall decorations.
Sage Candle Co. has a variety of scents for the fall, but if we’re going for a Halloween look, obviously Spooky Season is the scent to pick out. If you’re in the Cedar Falls or Waterloo area, you can get free pick-up for your order!
Signs purchased from The Old White Shed are all handmade. The one I like is the rustically cute “Welcome to our Web” black and white sign. The Old White Shed is a small business out of Defiance, Iowa.
Jamie makes all sorts of beautiful textiles in her Van Horne shop, Just Bunnin It. Seriously, I love all the colors in her typical garlands. But, she also has made one adorable garland just for Halloween — a not-scary-at-all ghost garland.
With a name like Naughty Cat Apparel, you can bet most items with Linsey’s designs on them are shirts, tanks, that sort of thing. But I stumbled across her kitchen towel sets, and then her pillowcases, and I just fell in love with her realistic and macabre designs. Just check out these bat flour sack towels!
Chic Peach AF decor style can be described as minimalist. And yet, each thing in her online shop makes an impact, just like this fun “Sup Witches” mat for Halloween.
Cedar Rapids-based Leatteco has a small selection of sweet, crocheted coasters so if you find something you like in her shop, get it now. Take these black cat coasters. I’ve never seen anything like them, and few remain in her shop.
The great thing about Giddy Designs 515 is that the canvas signs are all interchangable. If you can’t make up your mind on which Halloween sign to get, you can get more than one. Tiffany designs a variety of holiday decor signs, so the “Feeling kinda witchy” sign is just the beginning.
Mae’s Cottage Primitive is a cozy online shop that looks full of vintage items. The trick is, they’re all handmade! She has a couple of potion bottles that are particularly great for Halloween. The Halloween decor is one-of-a-kind, so don’t wait to purchase something you like.
Hudson and Birch is full of delightful and creative signs and ornaments. What’s more impressive is that all these vintage-looking paintings and signs are handmade, like this trick-or-treat bucket canvas print.
Sticking with the ghost theme, Cutting Pretty has a ton of ghosty shirts — mostly retro styles — but also a boot scootin’ spooky shirt fit for a cowgirl. Top one of the ghosty shirts with a tiny ghost necklace from Evelyn Mae Creations. The shop also has tiny black cats and pumpkins on necklace cords, as well.