Buying from local businesses is something that I have been passionate about for quite a while. The majority of my posts are about small businesses in Ireland and I believe that we have an abundance of amazing and creative companies here. I have put the following list together of companies that I recommend for spooky, seasonal items.
The Spooky Witch
I’m going to start this post with a shameless plug for my own business. A few months ago I wrote and released The Spooky Witch collection which consists of the Spooky Witch Journal, the Spooky Witch Recipe Cards and the Spooky Witch Wisdom Cards. Are all are created with love, care and sustainability in mind. A tree is planted for every journal sold.
Pumpkin Lodge Crafts
Second shameless plug for myself here. Using repurposed, recycled and biodegradable materials, I craft home decor, crocheted items and chopping boards. I have a selection of autumn and Halloween products with something to suit everyone from cup cosies, to wooden signs and pumpkins to chopping boards. This year I have released the Trick or Treat box (a journal, cup cosy, pumpkin and 4 prints), Púca box (repurposed autumn horse shoe and 4 prints) and Samhain box (pumpkin spice crocheted scarf, journal, cup cosy and 4 prints). I can also make custom and personalised items. All profits go towards Pumpkin Lodge Animal Sanctuary and My Lovely Horse Rescue.
Soap and Bubbles
Soap and Bubbles is a Galway based company selling wax melts, bath bombs (which don’t stain your bath and don’t cost a fortune) and a selection of spooky oil and melt burners as well as Halloween mugs. The wax melts which are made by Soap and Bubbles are both beautifully scented and presented; they are my current obsession and I can’t get enough of them. The adorable pumpkin melts come in any scent of your choosing. The Halloween collection is always amazing and I’m very excited for this year’s offerings. Pumpkin10 will get you 10% off online.
Wickcraft and Wickery
Dani produces beautiful wax melts which are cruelty-free and vegan as well as stunning foil prints. I have purchased two prints and melts and I adore them. There are plenty of wax melts to choose from.
@wickcraftandwickery on Instagram
Nola makes the most amazing vegan candles inspired by myth and magic. Both the Mabon and Samhain sabbat boxes are perfect for spooky season. The Samhain candle in particular is absolutely amazing.
Lucy’s wax melts and candles are gorgeous and her skulls, pumpkins and cats will appeal to those who believe in Halloween all year long (like me!).
Gillian creates handcrafted soaps from Duleek, Co. Meath that are nourishing, luxurious and soothing. A personal favourite of mine is the pumpkin soap dish.
@sosoap21 on Instagram
Creating gorgeous handmade goods from Galway, Aideen, queen of knitting, makes delightful gifts and treats. I purchased two puimcíní a few years ago and they still look amazing. They are a must for spooky season.
Artemis Rising crafts the most stunning sustainable and eco-friendly decor. A personal favourite of mine is the Tarot card resin trays and cute ghosts.
@artemisrisingshop on Instagram
A Berry Charmed Life
The Gorman Berry Instagram page is an absolute delight where you’ll find lots of Halloween treasures., spooky vibes and cute signs.
@aberrycharmedlife on Instagram
Sweet Lavender Chili Flakes
Operating from Dublin, Sweet Lavender Chili Flakes encourages a move away from disposable items with a range of period products, cleansing wipes, scrunchies and sustainable underwear. There is a Halloween subscription box on the way with plenty of seasonally themed reusables.
Ruby Robin Boutique
One of my favourite Irish jewellery designers is Ruby Robin Boutique. Based in Cork, Ruby Robin Boutique creates the most beautiful pieces including my favourite silver pumpkin necklace. I have also purchased a silver blackberry necklace and oak hoop earrings.
Sharon Leavy is a joy to follow on Instagram and not only is she a beacon for using her platform to highlight important issues, she’s also an incredibly talented artist. Her shop is full of cross-stitch goodness.
@sharon.read.this on Instagram
Citrus and Sage
Small Cork business Citrus and Sage is packed full of delights for your home for every season. I adore the charming and rustic products available and picked up a few beautiful pieces for Halloween last year.
Feast of the Flowers
Created in Swords, Feast of the Flowers makes the most gorgeous handmade wreaths. There is something for everyone. @feast_of_the_flowers_ on Instagram
Onyx and Briar
Operating from Kildare, Mani creates wild, natural, seasonal and sustainable blooms and floral art.
@onyxandbriar on Instagram
Debbie has a gorgeous range of pumpkin and autumn wreaths and floral designs. There are plenty of seasonal pieces to choose from.
@ddqwreaths on Instagram
Mimi and Martha
Based in Limerick, Mimi and Martha offer a range of beautiful lifestyle and interior products. The small business curates a collection of hand crafted items and places a focus on sustainability. The little ghost decorations are adorable and they also stock puimcíní from Fluff Beag.
This Irish Witch
From tarot readings to courses, there is a range of beautiful gifts available from This Irish Witch. I was lucky enough to join Stacey for an online Tarot course which was not just informative but an absolute delight.
@this_irish_witch on Instagram.
There is no need or reason to purchase from a certain online giant this Halloween (or ever). Kenny’s Bookshop is a prime example of the amazing book shops we have in Ireland. I started purchasing from Kenny’s during the summer of 2020 and have placed numerous orders since. There is a great range of books and free postage on everything; you will definitely find some seasonal reading material.
Offering a wide range of books to suit all tastes, you will find something suitably autumnal or spooky. There is a bargain shop on their site where I have picked up some great books. Delivery is free over €10.
We’re spoiled for choice with eerie tales from Irish authors and there are classics such as Dracula and The Portrait of Dorian Gray from some seasonal stories of the macabre. If you’re in the mood for modern spooky books set in Ireland then I highly recommend Perfectly Preventable Deaths and the sequel Precious Catastrophe by Deirdre O’Sullivan. The books are aimed at young adults but I enjoyed both.
Caroline’s Beauty Room
Based in Rush, Caroline creates the most stunning nails. I’m constantly blown away by how one person can be so creative and produce such detail on a nail. I’ve always loved getting Halloween nails done by Caroline and I’ve had pumpkins, ghosts, Frankenstein’s monsters and vampires painted on my claws.
Halloween is a time of treats and one of my favourites is the mint chocolate bar from Chocolatey Clare. Clare produces luxurious vegan and gluten free chocolate treats, offering a range of flavours including lemon crunch, salted peanut, strawberry and mint creme.
Ciara Purdy Pictures
Ciara Purdy is a Dublin based artist creating gorgeous cross stitch pieces. The recently released Halloween items are amazing. I highly recommend a visit to Ciara’s Instagram.
@ ciarapurdypictures on Instagram
Dublin based Karen owns Olann Nua and knits the most gorgeous blankets and crafts beautiful gifts. The autumn collection includes knitted pumpkins and seasonal mugs and is all about cosy vibes.
Framing Harley Creations
If spooky decor is your thing (it is definitely mine!), then you’ll find plenty of goodies from Framing Harley Creations, from signs to coasters and bags to jewellery, there is plenty to choose from.
Eibhin from Rotten Rouge is a Dublin based artist creating gorgeous prints and tote bags. I have previously purchased Autumn in St. Stephen’s Green and some ghost prints.
Padison & Yule
For unique collectables, gifts and treasures, Padison & Yule is the place to visit. They are currently stocking a range of autumnal beauties to bring a touch of the best season to your home. The shop is located on College Green, Dublin.
@padisonandyule on Instagram
Acid Witch Designs
Sarah from Acid Witch makes lovely hand sewn items including pet accessories. There is a range of autumnal and spooky collars available so your fur baby can be included in the season’s festivities.
@acidwitchdesigns on Instagram
Caoimhe designs hand speckled mugs and has a gorgeous collection of autumn and Halloween delights available. I’m particularly taken with the Oíche Shamhna mug.
@mugaliciouswicklow on Instagram
Lilac and posh Butterflies
Breda uses old china to create wonderful treasures. I bought the you’ve been poisoned cup and saucer and I absolutely love it. It is a great display piece for my quirky cabinet.
@lilac_and_posh_butterflies on Instagram
Pretty Little Homewares
Based in Wicklow, Pretty Little Homewares has some gorgeous autumnal pieces with plenty of cute and charming pieces. I bought a pumpkin jar and metal bag which I love.
I’m sure I’ve left out loads of businesses so I will keep updating the list.
Please let me know of any great local small, eco-friendly, vegan, sustainable businesses to feature and indeed support.