Specialty stores stock array of spooky gear for fall

By Karen Dybis
BerkleyLive Special Writer

Whether you like cutesy, creepy or downright scary, most households do something to dress up for the Halloween season.

And there is something for every taste and price point within Berkley’s tight-knit shopping district. So if you want a complete extravaganza of spootacular displays or just a tasteful front-porch vignette, local retailers are well stocked with spider webs, black cats, witch’s hats and any other embellishment one could fancy.

Stores including Catching Fireflies, Tootie & Tallulah’s, Yellow Door Art Market and Westborn Market have set up special Halloween- or fall-themed displays. Many carry one-of-a-kind items, hand-made home décor and other goodies suitable for gifting. In other words, if you’re looking for mass-produced costumes or “Twilight” memorabilia, you might need to look elsewhere.

“It’s a time for young and old alike,” says Danielle Delong, one of the store managers at Catching Fireflies, where visitors are greeted with a multi-tiered tower of Halloween decorating ideas.

There are smiling Jack o’lanterns, shiny spider plates, golden leaves, treat jars and signs galore. There are timely hostess gifts as well, such as the store’s beloved flour-sack towels with apples and gourds as decoration.

One new customer favorite are the Halloween car magnets, which stick onto the side of any vehicle and come in the shape of witch’s arm, skeletons and more. Another is a hanging sign that declares “A Witch and her little Monsters Live here!”

“They don’t do any damage, and they’re fun for everyone. Kids especially like them,” Delong says of the car magnets. “It’s just a little something you can do to dress up your car and recognize the season.”

At nearby Yellow Door Art Market, little jewel boxes of Halloween gear live among the artists’ displays. One features miniature pumpkins with golden vines the letters B-O-O carved in, perfect for a desktop or office. There are at least a dozen holiday gift ideas from leaf-themed shirts to ghost-shaped soaps to floral displays to a witch-inspired sock monkey.

Tootie & Tallulah’s has fall accent pieces including candles, pumpkin lanterns and pumpkin-topped pens. Owner Jeri Brand says one customer favorite is the orange mercury-glass votives.

Westborn Market carries a variety of carving and heirloom pumpkins. Brian Bandyk, store manager, recommends the knucklehead pumpkin with its warty, gnarly appearance.

Bandyk says the specialty produce store is bringing back the popular “Fall Porch Kit,” as well. This year’s kit includes an array of goods such as hay, corn stalks, pumpkins, mums, gourds and a witch’s broom for about $40.

“You buy it, we load you up, and your fall season decorating is handled,” Bandyk says.

Catching Fireflies, 3117 W. 12 Mile Rd.; 248-336-2030

Tootie & Tallulah’s, 2816 Coolidge Hwy.; 248-850-7637

Westborn Market, 27659 Woodward Ave.; 248-547-1000

Yellow Door Art Market, 3141 W. 12 Mile Rd.; 248-336-2038

Author: Karen Dybis

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