CRAVE’S October Top Ten – Halloween Edition

Maybe it’s the dingy afternoons and even darker nights, but we are in the mood for all things spooky this month. That said, we’re a little too old these days for green goo and vampire teeth pick n’ mix, so here’s our round up of top 10 things to purchase in the month of October to get you ready for the ‘All Hallows’ Eve’ holiday.

1. Illamasqua UV Glow Nail Varnish in Omen – £15 

Part of the Paranormal collection by Illamasqua, we think this will come in handy (we couldn’t resist!) this Hallowe’en. If green isn’t your thing, they also offer SÉance, a delicious purple.

2. Laird’s Woolfelt Topper – £85

Channeling your Mr. Hyde alter-ego can be tricky, but investing in one impeccable item to transform your halloween get up can make it that much easier. We say skip spending north of £400 at Christy’s and opt for this perfectly respectable wool felt topper from Laird. Visit their luxury emporium in the heart of Soho just south of Golden Square.

3. The Walking Dead, Season 1-4 – £46.90 

Given that Season 5 has just premiered on October 12th, if you’re not already up to speed on The Walking Dead, well, you’re clearly one of them. However, in the interests of redemption, we suggest  you making use of that Amazon Prime subscription, snapping up the complete season 1-4 and pulling one hell of a box set marathon.

4. Bram Stoker’s Dracula £13.95Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray £11.99 from Four Corners Books

These two classic tales need no introduction. So what we will say is that they’ll do wonders for the kudos of your bookshelf. These contemporary artists’ responses to classic novels, hailing from the Four Corners Familiars series, are not only beautiful but priceless keepsakes too. The Picture of Dorian Gray is reimagined as a costume drama set in 1970s Paris. The story having been originally published in a magazine, this large format edition returns it to it’s roots.

5. De Mamiel Autumn Facial Oil from Cult Beauty – £65

No need for a cauldron, lotions and potions come ready made these days, as in the case of this miracle worker in it’s attractive black packaging. With the weather on the turn, give your skin a little helping hand of magic with this hand blended, organic combination of essential oils and flower essences. Containing bird cherry and hawthorn berry, alongside harebell and one-flowered wintergreen, it sounds ready to cast a spell on dull autumn skin.

6. Alexander McQueen Twin Skull Bangle – £170

You can always count on Alexander McQueen for a skull motif or two. Snap up this bangle in time for Halloween for a casual nod to the holiday, and then wear it forever. Now how’s that for cost per wear?

7. Star sweater by Chinti & Parker – £360

Sometimes, less is more. So keep it simple in this classy navy and cream star sweater by the knitwear powerhouse Chinti & Parker. In 100% cashmere it’s guaranteed to keep the spine tingling chills at bay in time for Hallowe’en.

8. Lullaby by The Cure, from Disogs – from £7

No Halloween party soundtrack is complete without this iconic track. Earn extra brownie points for tracking down a limited edition pink 12” for that impressive vinyl collection you’ve been building… ahem.

9. Astrologie Journal by Christian Lacroix – £32.95

The richly illustrated, sepia engraved cover, on this hardback bound journal has an air of old worldly charm that makes it fit for the finest of jottings. The 12 coloured pictures of astrological signs with printed acetate overlays elevate it to otherworldly ranks… as notebooks go anyway.

10. Midnight Garden Large Velvet Cushion by House of Hackney – £148 

Set the tone for your Hallowe’en get together and channel creepy Victorian interiors and gothic wilting gardens with this Midnight Garden cushion from the cult interiors label, House of Hackney. Originally founded in London in 2010, they have already grown to stratospheric fame, now stocked in 65 partner stores worldwide.