Saturday, December 16, 2023

Our very special Scary Xmas issue is available for FREE! -

     Many of who are missing Halloween right now crave a darker version of the Yuletide season. Christmas actually has a very defined and lengthy history of spooky stuff! 

     Ghost stories (think "A Christmas Carol"), odd creatures (Krampus, the Mari Llywd among them) and so many more unusual cultural icons that are celebrated around the world are part of the darker aspect of the season.

 *** And, of course, this colorful issue is full of so many of the amazing holiday artists you love as well, including Mandy Palumbo, Audrey Swarz, Nicole Johnson, Ethan Black, and more. 

     There's also an informative article about the origins of Wassail by John Davis, and Kristen Stafford's in-depth telling of her experience attending an actual elf school in Iceland.   

     This online digital issue is FREE to download! 

Presented in a very stunning flip-book format, and viewable on any electronic device (phone, computer, tablet). Simply click the link below for your very own copy.

Wishing everyone the brightest and best of the Holiday season!








Friday, November 24, 2023

Always thankful...

    Gratitude brims over as we review the past year, with heartfelt thanks to everyone who showed such unending love and support of Autumn Brilliance

   We cannot express it enough! And it instills in us to do better and better in the coming year. May life bring you all joy and fulfillment with good health and abundant happiness!

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Halloween, down in the holler...


     In a very secluded, quiet and tranquil valley hollow (also known in the south as a "holler") we passed the evening with a small group of dear friends around a bonfire. We enjoyed a pot luck dinner, sang songs, told stories, and welcomed in those of our loved ones who have since passed by lighting a candle at the jack o'lantern filled Ofrenda. 

     We watched the moon rise above the mountaintop and marveled at the beautiful, star-filled night sky, happy and thankful for all that we had in our lives and the loving friends gathered there. 

     It was a perfect evening. 

How did you spend your Halloween?


Monday, October 16, 2023

Exploring Halloween traditions and legends...

 Do you know why we carve Jack O'lanterns for Halloween?

The legend of Stingy Jack is a fascinating folk tale from old Irish history (the ancient Irish having been the creators of Halloween - or Samhain, as it is more properly known). 

Jack tricked the Devil not once, but twice! - yet, of course, not without consequences...

Learn more about Stingy Jack in the Fall 2022 issue of AUTUMN BRILLIANCE magazine.

Available by clicking the link here to the left!




Sunday, October 8, 2023

Fun at the HORROR HOOTENANNY! - - -

What a blast we all had at last night's spookalicously delightful event!

Our friend, TV's horror host, Dr. Gangrene, has hosted this rocking event for the past 17 years here in Nashville, and it's always a high-energy tsunami of fun and prizes, with live rock music from many bands (including our favorite local band, The Creeping Cruds, as well as Canada's Forbidden Dimension, and The Phantoms of Saturn).

TV horror host, Dr. Gangrene

Due to the pandemic, the Hoot had been on hiatus since 2019, but last night's return was awesome! We were proud to be one of the sponsors, with giveaways to best costumes of the evening.

The Creeping Cruds
Me and Hubby dusted off our creaky old bones and had ourselves a wonderful evening. Our thanks to all the bands and to the good Dr. himself for putting on a spectacular Halloween party!

Friday, October 6, 2023

We have more magazines available! - - -

We're happy to report that we've restocked our supplies of issues.

Fall 2021, Fall 2022, and Fall 2023 are available now

Click the link on the side here ("For the latest available printed issues") to order yours!

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

October greetings to all! - - -

 We had a wonderful time up in Michigan at the exciting and magical Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween show!

Getting to see old friends and meeting many new ones was the highlight of the event. So much amazing talent, so many incredible pieces of art created by these masters of the season... it was a true feast for the senses in every way.

Several of the new artists showing their works for the first time at BPoH were those I myself have admired and followed for years - decades even. 

I finally got to meet the wonderful Iva Wilcox of Iva's Creations, who was our neighbor in the next booth. She is not only talented beyond words, she's a sweetheart as well! Her spun-cotton creations are charming and even more incredible in person. 

Vicki Nelson of Fool Crow is also a delightful gal, and wow, her creations just about knocked us all off our feet! She's been a staple at the fabulous  All Hallows Art Fest in Petaluma, California for many years. How great to finally meet her as well!

 Alycia Matthews (featured in our Fall 2022 issue) was every bit as gracious and adorable as we imagined her to be! Seeing her art up close did what seeing it in photos does: brought on the uncontrollable smiles. Halloween goodness at its absolute best is what she does.

Autumn Brilliance magazine thanks ALL of you phenomenal artists who contributed to not only our Fall 2023 issue, but each previous one as well. We're forever in your debt. Thank you again for letting us share your magnificence with the entire world.  

We will always promote the importance of preserving this very valuable art form in all its many styles. This magazine serves as an archive of Halloween history.

Our booth was a colorful and dazzling extravaganza, and for that, we thank our friends/partners, Vance Nichols and Scott Rowenczak, for their untiring efforts and stellar vision to create such a welcoming and fun space.  Everyone who passed by stopped and gasped at it, posing for photos by Felix, our Halloween kitty, and Bertram, our ticket booth skeleton. Entering inside was like stepping into a Halloween carnival! We had plenty of magazines on hand for everyone: Fall 2021, Fall 2022, and Fall 2023, which as you know, is a loving tribute to the late Dustin Poche.' 

We were very happy and sincerely grateful to meet so many of you who traveled from all around the country for this spectacular event. I'm so honored to have had the chance to meet our fans, shake hands, and receive many loving hugs. Your love and support is something we cherish deeply, and makes us strive harder with each issue to create something that is colorful, entertaining, meaningful, and, we hope, a true archive of the magical wonders of what this community it all about: love and sharing, happiness and fun, all in the spirit of Halloween.

Our biggest thanks go to the show's creator/curator, the remarkable Jennie Hepler-Takens, who does not cut corners when it comes to providing a world-class event that nobody will soon forget. Jennie's tireless work and artistic vision is evident from every tiny detail up to the biggest one. She's a true dynamo, and we consider ourselves immensely fortunate to be associated with this amazing lady and her show. Plus, she's a fantastic artist herself. Please stop by My Dearest Witch - her website - to view her magical, ethereal, utterly breathtaking creations.

There are so many other folks who we want to thank who are an integral part of this show, there's simply not enough room to name them! (Barbara, Jesus, Rick, Kristen, Amy ... just to name a scant few - we don't want to leave anyone out, but you know you are appreciated and loved!)

Whew... we are still recovering from our travels, and have a lot of unpacking to do. Our Etsy store will be restocked with copies of the magazine on Friday, October 6th, so for those who missed out on the first run, or couldn't make it to the show, there will be plenty to be had.

Here's all of our artists gathered for our yearly Class Photo 2023

See you all again next year!!!

***Please keep watch here in the days to come for some exciting news! ... including a big new batch of magazines to be available in our Etsy store this coming  Friday, October 6th! 

Saturday, September 23, 2023

We have a give-away contest for you!!!

 Autumn Brilliance and Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween have conjured up a Halloween give-away!

We have copies of our new Fall 2023 issue for two lucky winners.

Here's how to play:
Come to our booth at the show on Saturday, September 30th, between the hours of 10am - 3pm, and we'll give you a chance to reach into the Magical Pumpkin.

If you get our magazine's icon Jack O'lantern (he's called "Got Candy" and that's his cute little face here on our page), you win!

One magazine winner per person, please.
We want to give everyone a chance to win. But rest assured, we'll have plenty of free Halloween candy for you as well!

We'll see you at the show!

(PS: for those who are unable to attend the show, we'll have an internet giveway! Stay tuned for details to come!)

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Counting down the days ...

Almost time for us to leave for the show! It still seems like a dream, getting to be a part of this wonderful fine arts Halloween show up in Marshall, Michigan. A dream come true, for sure!

Please stop by our booth and say hello! Tell us about what you love most about Halloween. What does this special holiday mean to you and your family?  

Share photos, take photos, make memories and have fun - that's what it's all about. Oh, and don't forget to help yourself to some free Halloween candy, while our supplies last.

Of course, we'll have plenty of magazines for you: Fall 2021, Fall 2022, and our latest, Fall 2023.  

Be sure to have your favorite artist sign yours!

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

*** We're SOLD OUT! ***

Our Fall 2023 issue is SOLD OUT! 

Our Etsy shop has no more for now - but rest assured, we will have extra copies in a few weeks (the first week of October)


Thank you to everyone for your love - this has been our biggest issue ever!

PLEASE NOTE: we will have plenty of copies of this issue and the past several issues available for purchase at the Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween show in Marshall, Michigan, on September 30th.

Get yours there, and have your favorite artists autograph them while you're enjoying the show!


Monday, September 11, 2023

Happy Anniversary to us! - - -

 Wow! It's our third anniversary!


On this day three years ago, we proudly presented the debut of Autumn Brilliance magazine!
This was our very first offering, in an all-digital flip-book format.

It featured some very special to us all - our very first Spotlight artist, the fabulous creations of LeeAnn Kress of Charmed Confections! .... the magical fairy tale artistry of Zan Asha .... retro vintage creations of Jorge Rojas .... The Halloween Art & Travel Podcast .... Sheila Bentley's delightful hags, and much more, including our very first look inside the enchanting world of the
Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween art show.

We've come a long way indeed - so many fantastic artists, events and Halloween related subjects have filled our pages... we've grown and continue to grow as we look into the future!

You can get your very own copy of our Premiere 2020 issue for FREE!!! It's free and always will be.
(Click on the link here on our front page, to get your own free digital copy - it's colorful, easy to use, and is viewable on any device.)


Like every subsequent issue, this issue is completely dedicated to all who love Halloween, and most especially, the wonderfully talented and visionary artists who create fine holiday art for the world to love and enjoy. 

Our most heart-felt thank you to all these artists, and to YOU - all the fans who have loved and supported us from our humble beginnings.

Here's to many more issues in the years to come. There is no limit to the magic we will find!

Happy Halloween to all!

Friday, September 8, 2023

Don't miss this live event! - - -

   Are you planning a trip to southern California in October? Your visit will not be complete without attending this enchanting and wonderful Halloween art & merchandise show - it's called GLITTERFEST and it lives up to its name!

   You'll find an abundance of fantastic artists there who are ready to bestow their Halloween surprises on you. Don't miss it! 


GLITTERFEST is featured in the Fall 2023 issue of Autumn Brilliance magazine, available now in our Etsy shop. Click the Etsy link to the left to order yours.

You can also get a copy at the Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween show on September 30 in Marshall, Michigan. 

Come see us at our booth, and in addition to getting this exciting latest issue, get yourself a big handful of Halloween candy from our bottomless candy bowl. 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, September 6, 2023


 Every year in the lovely town of Petaluma, in northern California, a fantastic group of Halloween artists gather to bedazzle and mesmerize all with their hand-crafted delights, the likes of which can be seen at the one and only ALL HALLOWS ART FEST.

So gather one, gather all, and walk among them for abundant sweet treats, not tricks! You do not want to miss this!

September 23, 2023 at Hermann Sons Hall


 If you can't make it, see it in the Fall 2023 issue of Autumn Brilliance!

Available as a digital version, which is viewable on any device; Printed version available this Friday, September 8th!

(Click on the link here to the left to order yours)


Sunday, September 3, 2023

Digital version is now available! - - -

Greetings, friends!
Very pleased to present the digital version of
Autumn Brilliance's Fall 2023 issue, ready for download.

*** To order yours, please click the link to the left of the screen here, where it says "Here's how to order!" ***

Printed versions of the magazine will be available starting Friday, September 8th, and can be ordered via the "For the latest available printed issues" link on the left.

The Fall 2021 issue is also available there, as is our Premiere 2020 issue, and special Scary Xmas issue, which are both FREE of charge.

(Our Fall 2022 issue will soon be available for digital download.


Friday, September 1, 2023

Presenting our Cover Reveal! - - -

Greetings, everyone - Happy 1st of September. You know what the means, right? It means we can begin the Halloween festivities! The entire month of September is a merely a preamble leading up to our favorite holiday of all time.

But right now, we are very happy to present our Fall 2023 issue cover!

 As you see, it is indeed a very special issue, a double-cover at that, featuring the art from Dustin Poche' - our Spotlight Featured Artist for this issue. (Front cover is on the left; the back cover, on the right)

We decided to do a special double-cover to honor Dustin, who passed away in February 2023. And to be completely honest, it was a very difficult process choosing covers because of the extensive amount of fantastic art he had put out over the years. How to narrow it down and choose just one? Took us weeks of deciding, creating mock-up covers to mull over. In the end, it was between two gorgeous images: that of the striking Day of the Dead lady, or the eccentric red-haired sorceress - both of whom are absolutely stunning in all their own merits. 

So we decided, why not do both?

As always, the magazine will be available in two versions; digital and printed.

Digital available:  Monday, September 4.
Printed available on:  Friday, September 8.

Links to ordering either version are here, to the left of this post (for Printed, click on the Etsy button; for Digital, click on the kitty cats).

Copies of this issue, as well as back issues, will be available at the Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween show in Marshall, Michigan, on September 30th.

In addition to our friend Dustin, we're thrilled to present a who's who of world-class artists, all of whom filled this fabulous issue out in the most amazing way with their incredible artistry! 

The deepest and most sincere loving thanks are in order to all of our participating artists!

Happy Halloween, everyone!


Thursday, August 31, 2023

Attention! - - -

A rare thing is available.

A genuine original handmade sculpture, created by our friend, the late Dustin Poche' has come on the market for sale.  It is the much-coveted rendition of famous film star of yesteryear, the saucy siren herself, Mae West. 

In Dustin's typical style, no expense has been spared in her creation, from the vintage textiles of her elaborate gown, to her jewelry and feathers in her hair. Mae stands at just over two feet high (2'x2" to be exact).

This is a one of a kind piece, one that you will not find in stores, and will likely go up in value over the years. She is signed and dated by Dustin on the pedestal she stands on.

The seller is a family member who is more than happy to negotiate the price. For more photos, or to see it in real time via Facetime, please contact Kelly Dolezal at the phone number listed here.

Remember, we are paying tribute to Dustin's genius talent in the Fall 2023 issue of Autumn Brilliance, which is available the middle of this month (September 2023). 

To purchase a copy of the magazine, please click on the link to the left.



Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Are you ready? ...

    As the world turns, the season begins to dip down into our favorite time of the entire year. 

    A time that is filled with cheer and good fun, as sweet as a big mouthful of Halloween candy on a cool starry autumn night.

    And, with that promise of autumn soon to arrive, it brings surprises to all those who have been patiently awaiting its return.


Saturday, August 26, 2023

What an honor - - -

To be a part of this magical yearly celebration!


    Please join us and the several dozens of other Halloween artisans as we gather in lovely Marshall, Michigan, at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 30th, 2023.

    If it is your first time, be prepared to be whisked off to a colorful world, with abundant happy sights, sounds, textures, lights, emotions ... a place like none other you could ever hope to imagine. The show's creator, artist Jennie Hepler-Takens of My Dearest Witch, takes great pains to provide a wonderful experience for young and old alike. Come see us - you'll be hooked!

     Looking forward to meeting you there - please stop by the Autumn Brilliance booth to say hello, and get yourself a copy of the magazine, our Fall 2023 issue, featuring our loving tribute to the late, great Dustin Poche.' 

   We'll also have back issues available as well, and lots of other goodies, too!




Thursday, August 24, 2023

Look at this! -


In our upcoming Fall 2023 issue of Autumn Brilliance, we're truly proud to feature a very unique artist whose works will make your heart flutter like a butterfly!

     Theresa Heires creates the most exquisite bejeweled wearable art in her home studio. She dubs them ARThropods, and each one is a true masterpiece in itself, all in the likes of (faux) insects, butterflies, spiders, and more. You have to see them to believe them - they look so realistic!

     You will find Theresa at the Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween show on September 30 in Marshall, Michigan. Please stop by to visit her!

#Halloween #handmade #exquisitecreations #bejeweled #insects #trickortreat #Bewitched #art #unique #candy #Michigan #artshow #happy



Monday, August 21, 2023



We are so happy to feature Natalie Burg's 'Gumption & Grace' artistry in the Fall 2023 issue of Autumn Brilliance. You'll be as charmed of her delightful world of Halloween miniatures as we are!

You can find Natalie at the fabulous All Hallows Art Fest on September 23 in Petaluma CA, too! 


#Halloween #art #handmade #festival #trickortreat #candy #petaluma #memories #costume

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Are you ready to ROCK N ROLL!? - - -

 Lots of fantastic Halloween things to share with you in the coming days and weeks - one of which is we are a proud Sponsor for the long-awaited return of DR GANGRENE'S HORROR HOOTENANNY!

 Yes, kiddies, it's been three long years since the last one, no thanks to COVID. But the good Dr is back and he's ready to ROCK!

If you live in Nashville, or the surrounding areas, you know that this is the spookiest fun Halloween rock & roll extravaganza on the planet, and you don't want to miss this show. It's hosted by Nashville's own TV horror legend, Dr. Gangrene, with the best live bands from across the country to make you rock your face off!

Each year, cool prizes galore are given away (including the coveted Best Costume), and we're thrilled to ends of our sharp little fangs to include a gift pack of the past three issues of the magazine, along with other goodies, to add to the mix. So get out your monster makeup, put your costumes back on, and come rock with the local ghouls and boils at the creepiest party ever!


Monday, August 7, 2023

Fizz and bubbles and lore and facts! -


Do you know the history behind the brew we love so much... the one we call beer? 

Full of witchy-ness, it's an eons-old process that was traditionally performed as a women-only job that spans back far beyond the ancient Egyptians. 

Learn of its fascinating and flavorful origins in the Fall 2023 issue of AUTUMN BRILLIANCE magazine, available September 2023!


Saturday, August 5, 2023

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Happy to present -

Next up, we are thrilled to feature another artist whose works have forever captured our imagination like few others with her deft approach to making textiles come to life.

Olga's "Little Fishy Things" is a woven world filled with truly the most enchanting denizens you can ever hope to meet.

Olga deftly constructs an entire glittering realm of beautiful characters that entice the viewer deeply in. And we're quite serious when we say we love EVERYTHING she creates!

We're so happy to present some of Olga's exquisite works to you, coming up in the Fall 2023 issue of

Available September 2023!
(see link on left side page for information on how to get a copy of your very own!)