I always anticipate the October issue of Country Living, but the last couple of years haven't been my favorite as to Halloween or vintage Halloween content. I didn't see one vintage item in this issue. Not that there has to be, but for a while over the last decade there was quite a vintage influence be it vintage style pieces and articles or actual vintage pieces being used as props, inspiration, or featured in collecting and how much is it worth type sections. This issue's collecting section is about scientific things like microscopes. Granted, my Nancy Drew collection was featured in the 2011 issue of Country Living in the collecting section, but I think a mystery theme lends itself to Halloween and many of Nancy Drew's classic mysteries involved haunted houses and ghosts. And they did feature the corner of the Nancy Drew Mystery Game which has a witch silhouette by the bridge!
However, it seems there's been a trend for the last several years to get away from the vintage--not just in Country Living but also in other magazines, so I certainly miss that. Vintage anything is pretty in right now, so the lack of vintage Halloween somewhat puzzles me. Sound off in the comments about this trend and what you'd like to see in future issues - not just for Country Living but fall magazines in general.
I liked the pumpkin diorama--something that's becoming trendy in pumpkin decoration and the spider web cake on the cover is my favorite thing from the issue--love how that turned out.
Here's some snaps I took while searching out the fall/Halloween in this issue and the collection section: