Halloween, but make it cute!

Halloween may not be as big of a celebration here as it is in the USA, but in recent years, we’ve noticed a definite increase in popularity in South Africa. We kicked off the spooky season with a Halloween-inspired styled shoot in our Boutique Petit studio. We aren’t fans of super scary over here, which steered us towards a “friendlier” colour story that included pink (a firm favourite of ours), purple & shiny pearl tones with the addition of spooky (but friendly) ghosts, happy bat, and pumpkins. We’ve recently moved into our new studio in Salt Circle, Woodstock, and are so excited that we got to create some prettiness with some of our talented neighbour friends!

Two table setups set the scene for our Halloween shoot, one for the adults and one for the kids. Our aim was to create something that was modern and chic without losing the playful and fun element of Halloween. Our base being a black and white colour palette softened with pink, purple, and shiny pearl to add some pretty! Once the shoot was conceptualised, the hunt for the best pumpkins began, there wasn’t going to be a shoot without them, and they HAD to be matte black. Cue the mission to every market in Cape Town to source the best pumpkins, believe it or not, finding them was not an easy task. Finally, we found the most beautiful Cinderella pumpkins at the fruit and veg stall based at the Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock. In a matter of minutes, they went from orange to matte black and were shoot-ready!

A celebration (Halloween in particular) wouldn’t be complete without sweet treats! The centerpiece for our kid’s table was a tray bake from Crumb Bakery’s Halloween range, there is nothing quite like a tray bake to make you all kinds of nostalgic! Friendly ghost glazed donuts were displayed on a custom-made ghost donut stand, this ended up being one of our favourite details, it complemented the custom-made friendly ghost flower vases and cupcake picks by Love and Sparkles, it’s all in the details.

Fancy Parties have the most incredible Halloween party range, our happy bat was the perfect addition to our backdrop feature. Our kid’s table was set with the sweetest additions from their range: plates, cups, paper napkins, and the cutest ghost treat bags to be filled with Trick or Treat candy, one for each little guest.

We hope you enjoy scrolling through our images and that they inspire you to celebrate Halloween, but make it cute!

Images by Taryn Nicol Photography
Traybake and donuts by Crumb Bakery
Acrylic decor by Love and Sparkles
Halloween Tableware by Fancy Parties