I have to be honest, I’m a big scaredy cat. I sleep with a nightlight. I avoid horror movies. In fact if a movie I’m watching has even a slightly ominous tone, I just might close my eyes because I get too scared. So, it shouldn’t come as any surprise tha when it comes to Halloween, I prefer my decorations and costumes to be more fun and playful than dark and disturbing.
You might be surprised that for someone who doesn’t like being scared, that I actually enjoy visiting cemeteries, or graveyards, if you prefer. I guess these may seem like creepy places, but they’ve never really felt that way to me. They seem like pretty, peaceful places. I suppose a cemetery that was neither pretty nor peaceful might be somewhat frightening. I’m fortunate to say that I’ve never encountered one like that.
The town where I used to live had a nice cemetery, and it was one of my favorite spots to take a walk. I liked to read the names on the different headstnes and imagine the lives the people buried there might have led. This particular graveyard was very old, but was still in active use. So, it was the final resting placed for people who had died way back in the early 1800s and people who had died within the past year, and there was something strangely comforting to think about people who had lived very different lives resting peacefully together in that cemetery with the crows who loved to hang out on the nearby church watching over them. Its paved walking path meant it was also a popular spot for parents to bring young kids who were learning to ride a bike or a skateboard, and it was nice to see youthful joy in the cemetery. I always imagined that those buried there appreciated it as well.
The only graveyard I might have walked through more than that one was a very old and very small church graveyard located in the historic village where I worked for a number of years. I had many different jobs at that historic site during my time there including working as a costumed tour guide. I would lead visitors through some of the historic homes that were on the site, and spent a lot of time in those old buildings.
Althought I heard lots of spooky stories from my coworkers who claimed to have seen ghosts or had paranormal experiences, I have to admit that in all my years there I never saw a ghost. So, I’m not saying that I don’t believe in ghosts, but I am a bit skeptical. I mean surely, if ghosts were real, I would have seen one at one point while working there, right?
Note to all ghosts, if you are real, I would prefer not to be haunted, thank you very much. See that bit above about me being a scaredy cat!
Anyway, since I am such a scaredy cat I designed this somewhat spooky pattern of ghosts and headstones to be light on the creepiness. While the gray tombstones have a realistic style, the ghosts are very much meant to look like someone wearing a white sheet over them. Inspired by the creatures I used to see on my cemetery strolls, this graveyard also has spiders, crows, butterflies and inch worms accenting the stone markers.
You can find this Halloween themed pattern on pillows, phone cases and tote bags from Delfuneum on Amazon. You can also find all sorts of items in the Graveyard Ghosts collection from Delfuneum on Zazzle including personalized Halloween mousepads and not-so-spooky greeting cards.