Many small spooky businesses are based outside of the UK or Europe, especially as Halloween is celebrated more obviously in the USA. Delivery can take a while and import costs to the UK can be expensive, but there are some really lovely items to be had. Here I'll list businesses I have bought from.
I have already written an article about Spooky Small Businesses (UK, Europe). Listed below are other small businesses around the world I have made purchases from. Most are run by just one or two people, but they sell lovely unique items, often handcrafted. If they have a website, please consider buying directly from there instead of Etsy to help save them a lot of money on seller and compulsory advertising fees.
Orders imported from outside the UK will likely be subject to expensive VAT and Royal Mail handling charges. Also, given the current worldwide situation with the Coronavirus, some shops may be delayed in shipping or temporarily closed. If you like their items please consider following them on Instagram, or saving a link to them for future reference.
Some UK-based stores stock spooky items they have already imported, saving you the wait and the worry about import costs; two I can recommend are October 31st and Kitty's Boo-tique. I have noted below when my international purchases were bought via a UK stockist, rather than directly.
Manière Noire (Canada)
| Instagram Sells enamel pins, patches, original art, t-shirts, prints, wooden coasters and decor plaques. Pictured below: silver/black 'Small Dagger' and 'Skeleton Key' pin sets and a single 'Tombstone I' pin with bonus stickers.
Verona Black (USA)
| Instagram Sells handmade bags and purses, pins, necklaces and candles. They are probably best known for their two-colour Jack-o'-lantern bags or their Salem Witch House necklaces, but their other items continue the spooky theme. Pictured below: a Deathshead striped pouch and a pair of pins.
| Instagram Sells perfumes and perfumed items (body oils, room sprays and candles), ornamental jewellery and pins, plus one-off antique items such as vintage perfume bottles and vanity sets. The shop aims to invoke the idea of Victorian or Edwardian spiritualism and mourning rituals. Pictured below: a pin badge reproduction of a mourning brooch and a perfume sample.
Nothing Pins (USA)
| Instagram Sells spooky and alternative music themed pins, button badges and a few accessories like tote bags, socks and baseball caps. Pictured below: A selection of gothic and graveyard/mourning art pins.
Lively Ghosts (USA)
| Instagram Sells pins, stickers and some clothing. Their items are mostly inspired by horror films. They also sell horror-themed, coffin-shaped pin boards, but they sell out incredibly quickly. Pictured below: pins representing The Shining and Halloween III: Season of the Witch in different colourways.
| Instagram Sells patches, button pins, stickers and t-shirts with designs inspired by horror films, cryptozoology, monsters and the paranormal. Pictured below: three patches with a Halloween motorcycle club theme. These came from Kitty's Boo-tique.
Emporium 32 (USA)
| Instagram This Salem-based shop sells their own line of handmade jewellery, art prints, and leather work plus work by other independent artists and small businesses. Pictured below: a selection of pins, two of which are based on tombstone art. These came from October 31st, although I have ordered directly from Emporium 32 once too.
Bird Ov Prey (USA)
| Instagram Sells mostly monochrome pins, jewellery, prints, patches and apparel with dark and occult themes. Pictured below: two cathedral window gothic pins and a patch by Bird Ov Prey.
The Fantasmical World of Rhode Montijo (USA)
| Instagram Sells prints, clothing and enamel pins based on his own original artwork, books he has written and illustrated, and his own Halloween flag. I love the cute vintage style of his work, and have a few of his prints as part of my living room gallery wall. Pictured below: four prints I have bought and a copy of his children's book 'The Halloween Kid'.