Post, photo's and video by Rain San Martin
What is Valloween you ask? It's a Halloween spin on Valentines Day. A perfect way to transition from winter until the arrival of spring. Note: I have have also seen the alternate spelling Valoween in use.
As with other seasonal decor I focus on key zones rather than spreading out the decorates throughout the house. The effect has a bigger impact while being blissfully simple. Plan ahead for this day by purchasing a few classy Gothic items, abundantly available during the Halloween season. I have a black lace table cloth and spider web table runner which I am able to showcase for elegant Gothic style. Throughout the year take up a simple DYI project to "gothify" objects such as candlesticks, picture frames, and vases. Work around your color theme of choice. If you love purple, incorporate that into your palette.
Faux flowers are especially useful in the cold winter months. I favor black and wine roses, yet plan to add orange for the Gothic spring decor. Michaels and Joann Fabrics will give you a bounty of options. If you buy a few decor or craft items for creative projects each year, you'll gradually build up adequate decor for a themed layout.
An abundance of candles will create a romantic atmosphere. If you research the aesthetic style of Gothic or Halloween weddings you will note an array of black taper candle holders, brass candle candelabras, and thick pillars holding flickering candles in hues of red or cream. Buy classic spooky pieces that can be used to ornament your haven throughout the year.
One of the most effective ways to create a romantic and spooky vignette is to put up a Valloween banner. I recently crafted a Valentine DYI banner for this occasion using card stock, decorative scissor edgers, a glue stick, hole punch, and twine. See my tutorial here.
During the Halloween season I love to purchase spooky Victorian house cards and customize for other occasions such as Valloween. I cover words that specifically mention the word Halloween with stickers or card stock and write in a personal message. You may also craft original Valloween cards.
You can bake all sorts of spooky Valentine treats by picking up sprinkles or molds in the shapes of bats or ghosts during Halloween. According to EatByDate.com sprinkles last 3-5 years, or by expiration date listed on package. This is why I feel perfectly safe consuming these decorative sugary toppings bought during the last Halloween season.
Regarding jack-o'-lanterns I personally save them for the season of Halloween. Yet I can appreciate the creative use of the jack-o'-lantern for other holidays, it brings a smile to my face. For me Gothic decor works well for the rest of the year.
How will you be celebrating Valloween this year? Also if your a fellow blogger or YouTube creator please share a link to your Valloween decor! You may also view my video covering this topic here.