The 6 best Halloween history nerd treats

‘‘Tis the season to indulge yourself in the spookiest scariest history you can get your hands on. From classic Victorian Gothic horror to those chapters from history that are just to grisly for any other time of year. And beyond books there’s no better way to truly bask in the bone chilling than with some history nerd approves goodies.

Oh and don’t worry if you’re not a Stevie Nicks inspired perma witch – I’ve lined up plenty of tricks and treats for everyone!

1. A deliciously detailed cookie cutter

cookie cutter

We’ve all been there, your making your way through a pack of chocolate chip cookies but you when your eating cookies and you can’t help but feel somethings missing. Like sure bad boys are great, but they would be SO much better if they were shaped like a Gothic writer and an anatomically correct heart.

OK maybe this is just me, but luckily the internet exists and some kind person has made an incredibly detailed cookie cutter of Edgar Allan Poe (and his tell tale heart!)

If that’s not your thing, the seller also makes a plethora of intricate historic figure cookie cutters, from Ada Lovelace to Emily Dickinson and even Nikola Tesla.

Get it here – Edgar Allan Poe cookie cutter, £9.07


2. The perfect witchy pin to show your true colours

Rampant Hag

This pin pays homage to Martha Carrier who was accused of being a witch at the 1692 Salem Witch trials. Martha was strong, brave and woman beyond her time.

At her execution one witness described her as ‘rampant hag.’

I love that this pin flips this insult into a tongue in cheek celebration for (as the maker says) ‘all women who don’t behave as expected.’

Get it here: Rampant Hag pin, £9.07

3. A truly horrifying candle

black death candle

Ok. No, I don’t know why someone made a Black Death candle, but they did. God bless Etsy.

Luckily for everyone involved, despite its name and label this candle smells A LOT better than a Black Death ridden city. Giving off a spicy autumnal scent. Because although I’m sure there is a market for Eau de rotting corpses, I’m pretty sure (or at least hope) its a niche one.

Get it here: The black death candle, £23.70

4. A bloody bath time treat

You know how I was just like ‘hahaha they made a black death candle, how brilliantly weird!’ Well Etsy went up one upped themselves…

Presenting Elizabeth Bathory bath bombs:

bathory bath bombs.jpg

That’s right, a bath bomb that turns your bath blood red in a tribute (???) to famous 17th century murderer, Elizabeth Bathory who notoriously bathed in her victims blood. Elizabeth also killed people by covering them in honey and watching them get eaten alive by insects, but I guess that’s harder to theme a bath time treat to.

Oh and if you don’t do baths, then Elizabeth Bathory shower gel also exists.

Get it here: Elizabeth Bathory Bath Bomb, £4.12

5. A craftily creepy cross stitch pattern

mary shelly

‘Beware for I am fearless and therefore powerful!’

Could you ask for a better quote to create some stunning cross stitch inspired by the one and only Mary Shelley?

I also LOVE this pattern because it’s also pretty simple, so if you’re starting cross stitch it’s a great first time out the gate pattern.

Get it here: print off PDF Mary Shelley cross stitch pattern, £9.07


Ok let’s end things on a ‘my god, the world can be the best place’ note:

6. Rosa Parks Halloween Costume 


That’s right. A historically accurate Rosa Parks at the Montgomery Bus Boycott costume for your child to wear this Halloween.


Seriously this is the best thing I have seen all week. If a child dressed up as the first lady of civil rights doesn’t deserve all the candy this Halloween, then who does?

Get it here: Rosa Parks Costume, £81.60

(The seller also makes children’s costumes for Amelia Earhart, Sojurner Truth and Alexander Hamilton, because I think they might be some kind of saint) 

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