In Search of Halloween on the Square

I know it is Labor Day weekend, but Halloween already abounds on the square so I decided to do a blog tour of the square … in search of Halloween. There’s a little news intermixed in there too.  

Our first stop on the square is Smitten.  The unique thing about Smitten is that the items here are made by local artisans and are one of a kind.  Smitten, along with several other shops, will be open on Labor Day.  I think many of the shops that are open have abbreviated hours starting at 1PM.   

Smitten has some gorgeous glitter skeletons, skulls and tombstones.  

One of Kind Halloween Items at Smitten

One of Kind Halloween Items at Smitten

 

One of a Kind Halloween Items at Smitten

One of a Kind Halloween Items at Smitten

 

 I especially love the caged raven.  

Halloween at Smitten

Halloween at Smitten

 

 Shelby’s has redone their window.  I guess I’ll need to get used to the new name. They were hard at work on the new space that will be The Olive Branch, a new boutique extension of their business.  They said that they expect to open it sometime in October.  

Shelby-Marilee & Company's New Window

Shelby-Marilee & Company's New Window

 

Infinity Arts Academy has brochures up for after-school drama classes for kids.  Classes begin the week of September 20th at the Infinity Arts Academy location.  For more information, see the Drama Kids International web site.  

Our next stop is Plum Creek Primitives.  They have Halloween and Thanksgiving throughout the whole store.  This is definitely a must-stop for anyone decorating for the holidays.  I just loved the display below.  I wish now that I had gotten a shot of their pumpkin luminaries.  They look like carved pumpkins and have a small lightbulb inside to light them up.  They’d look great in a window. They also have a lot of Halloween-themed painted plaques.  

Pumpkins at Plum Creek Primitives

Pumpkins at Plum Creek Primitives

 

Heirlooms has some great shabby chic stuff and Halloween decorations scattered throughout.  Speaking of shabby chic, Chase Hall has a big selection along those lines.  I popped in for a look around and to enjoy the smell of their exclusive scent, Kudzu Blossom.  Positively intoxicating …    

The Sample Shop has quite a bit of Halloween fare, including Halloween garden flags.  They had this great garden rock I just loved too.  It is engraved with “I tried, but it died”. They also have some great “I rather be in McKinney” t-shirts.  I get easily distracted in The Sample Shop  – too many cute things.  But, about Halloween …  

Halloween at The Sample Shop

Halloween at The Sample Shop

 

 Check out the witch shoe candle holders!   

Halloween at The Sample Shop

Halloween at The Sample Shop

 

 This pumpkin serving set would be great for both the Halloween and Thanksgiving season.  

Pumpkin Set at The Sample Shop

Pumpkin Set at The Sample Shop

 

The Gallery was having a sale this weekend. I didn’t catch if they would be open on Labor Day, but it would be worth checking out if you are going to be down on the square.  

The Gallery's Labor Day Sale

The Gallery's Labor Day Sale

 

I popped my head in at Swanky’s Boutique and they will be open on Labor Day.  They have some great coats in already.  

The space that was previously The Lavender Tea House is looking great though I’m not sure yet exactly what it is going to offer.  When I peeked in today, there were tables elaborately decorated and signs that said “Gather”.  I’ll keep checking as time goes by.  

Ambrosia Vintage Vogue has some adorable decorations.  The thing that really caught my eye and I heard other shoppers comment on was the little owl made with real feathers.  At least, they looked like real feathers.  They have quite a few of them in different sizes and very reasonably priced.    

Ambrosia Vintage Vogue

Ambrosia Vintage Vogue

 

I know the squirrels are not really Halloween-related but they were absolutely adorable.  

Squirrels at Ambrosia Vintage Vogue

Squirrels at Ambrosia Vintage Vogue

 

 In addition to some beautiful fall scarves, The Little Red Hen has a trio of the prettiest witches.  Well, pretty might not be the right word. At least, not for all of them.   This first witch really was pretty, I thought.  

Witches at Little Red Hen

Witches at Little Red Hen

 

 The second witch was almost as pretty.  

Witches at Little Red Hen

Witches at Little Red Hen

 

 The third witch can’t really be described as pretty but the detail in her features is remarkable.  

Witches at Little Red Hen

Witches at Little Red Hen

 

I intended to stop by Petals & Vine to check out their Halloween stuff but I had forgotten that they aren’t open on Sundays.  Maybe I can get by there during Oktoberfest.  

I also stopped by Chick Charm.  I had seen their new bouncy toys on their Facebook page and I had to see one in real life.  They are so cute!  The owner said that they’ve been a real hit with the kiddos.  I can imagine.     

Howdy Cows at Chick Charm

Howdy Cows at Chick Charm

 

It’s finally nice weather again on the square.  I can feel the shopping season stealing back in.  It won’t be long now before we are counting down to Dickens.  

There were a few shops that I couldn’t get to because of it being Sunday.  If you see some cute Halloween decorations down on the square, please leave a shout out.   

Until next time,  

Happy Shopping! 

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