Halloween is just around the corner, and so today I’m looking at some ghoulish inspiration using my existing Pandora collection! Halloween is one of my favourite holidays, and I’ve been celebrating with my very first dedicated bracelet design – it’s seen a lot of wear this month. ^^ In this post, I’ll share my favourite Halloween charms and offer some ideas as to how you could style them!
Read on for some close-up shots, ideas for future Pandora Halloween charms and some bracelet inspiration! :)
Pandora Halloween Charms
Pandora have only made three Halloween charms in the entirety of their history, and it seems a big shame to me that they have retired all those designs this year without replacing them (so far).
Of those three charms, I have two: the ghost and the pumpkin.
Both feature quite ‘cute’ detailing, and are relatively simple in their design, but I absolutely love them both – particularly the friendly little ghost!
I’m disappointed, though, as I was hoping that Pandora would make a couple of new Halloween designs this year to replace these retired silver ones. :( Consequently I would be thrilled to see Pandora release some new spooky charms next year, and my wish list would include:
- Cobweb openwork charm (possibly with delicate pavé shimmering web and a cute little spider tucked away somewhere)
- Bat dangle
- Book of Spells
- Witch’s hat (although the Disney Parks Sorcerer’s Hat charm might do!)
- Crescent moon
- Broomstick dangle
- A new pumpkin design
- A new witch design
This year, I actually went out and made a dedicated mini-Halloween design, based on a black leather bracelet. I wanted to do something bright and fun, and obviously Halloweeny, and so I went for traditional spooky colours of black and orange. The Curious Cat makes for an excellent witch’s familiar, while the Pumpkin and Ghost complete the look! ^^
I like that all three of the silvers have quite cute detailing, as it captures all the fun of Halloween without too much of the horror. The Orange Candy-Stripe murano is a recent acquisition of mine, and I was thrilled to be able to find one that’s new after it being retired so long! The idea of candy is great for representing trick-or-treating, and the orange shade is perfect.
I’m also including some pictures I took for a Halloween inspiration post last year (which I ran out of time to actually put together at the time). When I made this design last year, I didn’t really have any of the traditional oranges, blacks or greens that you associate with Halloween and, consequently, I was thinking outside the box a little!
It’s possible to make many charms take on a creepy look when paired with the right things – for example, the windmill can become a creepy abandoned location, or the little girl and little boy charms, when paired with the witch and pumpkin, could be the hapless heroes of horror movies. ;) Consequently this Halloween design features some dark colours on the oxidised chain – a dark purple is great for evoking a midnight sky.
I absolutely love the black enamel Mystic Floral for Halloween – the tendrils of the leaves are delightfully evocative of an enchanted forest, while the black petals are perfect for evoking a funereal effect.
The traditional Ghost and Pumpkin charms remain front and centre of this design, while the oxidised finish and dramatic star motif of the Stella charm are also perfect for Halloween! Finally, I’ve added the Owl and Feather charms, as representations of a witch’s familiar and magic. ;)
Pandora is often all about unusual and fun combinations; there are lots of different colours and themes you can do, even just for Halloween. Cute and quirky with black and orange, or ornate and funereal with black and purple – it’s up to you! There’s so much that Pandora could do going forward to celebrate Halloween, but I do wonder sometimes if doing this kind of quirky/spooky charm is too far removed from their hearts & flowers aesthetic these days. Pandora do sometimes still have the potential to surprise though (I think the upcoming CNY 2016 pig charm is adorable and delightfully quirky), so you never know. In the meantime, I do love my lovely solid silver classic Halloween charms and hunting down retired gems to go with them is always fun too.
Have you put together any Halloween-themed bracelets this year? What Halloween charms would you like Pandora to come out with?