A Halloween pin or brooch is a fun accessory for any age. Adorn clothing or bags with a themed embellishment to celebrate this fall holiday.
Types of Halloween Brooches and Pins
In modern jewelry terms, the words "pin" and "brooch" are often used interchangeably, but "brooch" will usually refer to a piece that is larger in size. Both large and small pieces are available in Halloween themes. Most of these Halloween jewelry items are inexpensive or moderately-priced, though you will see some higher-end designs. They may be made from a variety of materials, but sterling silver, pewter, gold-plated, and silver-plated pieces are popular. The decorative portion of the pin is sometimes made from plastic or enamel, and beads, rhinestones, or crystals may be incorporated into the design. Handmade brooches may be made from recycled materials, clay, or wire. They might also be crocheted.
Common motifs for a Halloween pin or brooch include the following:
- Spiders and spiderwebs
- Pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns
- Black cats
- Skeletons or skull and croosbones
- Haunted house
Another common pin design is a short word or phrase associated with the holiday, such as "Happy Halloween," "Boo!" or 'Trick-or-treat." These may include another decorative element such as a pumpkin, ghost, or black cat.
Sleek, Silly, or Scary
Although there are many unique ways that jewelry artists interpret these Halloween images, pins or brooches typically have a basic look or feel that falls into the categories of sleek, silly, or scary. A delicate bat brooch with jeweled eyes or an enameled pumpkin will have a classy and just slightly spooky look. A realistic-looking pewter spider or gory skull or zombie brooch, on the other hand, will have a creepy feel. The majority of Halloween pins fall into the silly or fun category, however. Pins in cute designs like light-up jack-o-lanterns, smiling witches, and laughing black cats and mummies are fun and lighthearted. These whimsical takes on the Halloween theme are very popular with kids and adults alike.
If you want to get more use out of your pin than wearing it for just one day of the year, choose one in colors often associated with the holiday but without a specific Halloween theme. Popular color combinations that can be worn throughout the season include orange and black, orange and yellow, black and silver, and purple and black. A pin in a single color, such as dark blood red or midnight blue, can also work well.
Buttons and Mini Buttons
Halloween buttons and mini buttons are a very casual take on the traditional holiday pin. These items are popular at Halloween, and kids and teens affix them to shirts, backpacks, bags, and trick-or-treat bags. These novelty items also make great party favors.
Wearing a Halloween Pin or Brooch
Unlike other Halloween jewelry items, a pin or brooch can be worn a number of different ways. The most popular way to wear this type of item is on a shirt front, between the neck and shoulder area. You can also try these other fun ways to wear an embellishment with a pin-back:
- Collars: Whether it is a dress shirt collar or a simple t-shirt collar, the pin can add a special touch to signify the day. A brooch worn at the throat of a high-necked collar is a vintage look that will work well with a period costume.
- Over shirt buttons: Dress up a plain shirt for Halloween by wearing several different pins, one over each button.
- To fasten a cape: Many different costume ideas, from Little Red Riding Hood to superhero characters, wear capes. Affix a Halloween-themed pin to the cape as its closure or just for decoration.
- Bags: Tote bags, cloth purses, and even trick-or-treat bags get a style punch with a cute brooch.
- Scarves, hats, and coats: In many areas, the weather at Halloween can turn a bit chilly. Ward off the chill and retain a funky Halloween look by pinning a themed piece to your scarf, hat, or coat.
Where to Buy
As the holiday approaches, you can purchase embellishments with a spooky or creepy theme at jewelry shops, novelty stores, and many brick-and-mortar and online stores. Check mall jewelry stores, like Claire's, or discount outlets, such as Big Lots, for inexpensive selections. Other retailers include the following:
- The Antique and Collectibles Exchange Halloween Jewelry: Find a range of cute and classy rhinestone pins and brooches in designs from pumpkins and black cats to spiders and scarecrows.
- Dana Rae: The Halloween jewelry collection includes items such as a trick or treat kitty pin, a ghost pin with dangling Halloween charms, a pink crystal spider brooch, and a sleek snake pin.
- My Jewel Thief: This retailer carries many fun novelty items, including light-up ghost pins.
Halloween Pin Crafts
Making pins is a fun Halloween party activity, classroom project, or rainy day kids' craft. Some online retailers, such as Oriental Trading Company, carry craft kits that come with all the supplies you need to make a Halloween pin. You can also buy plain pin backings at a craft or jewelry store and allow children to create their own Halloween creatures with beads, stickers, foam cut-outs, felt, or recycled materials. It's fun and practical to affix mini reflectors, use glow-in-the-dark paint, or add reflective tape to the pins or buttons to give trick-or-treaters an added level of safety against traffic.
Spooky Jewelry Fun
Whether you choose a handmade witch brooch or a novelty light-up pumpkin pin, there are many styles and ways to wear this type of Halloween jewelry.