Create a Spooky Halloween Apothecary or Pharmacy Display
Decorate for Halloween with a Creepy Pharmacy Display
Apothecary, or old pharmacy bottles, labels and jars are becoming a very popular way of creating a creepy Halloween look at home, in the office, in business settings or at school.
One of the benefits of decorating with a pharmacy or apothecary or wizard theme is that you can often find spooky items (or items that can be turned into creepy ones) in the home or at thrift stores. Create some pretty creepy looking bottles and jars by just recycling old ones that would have been thrown out. (If you already have bottles, skip to the displays section.)
There are many different ways to create a pharmacy display including traditional displays, wizard or witch themed displays and even mad scientist or chemist displays.
Find your favorite or create your own unique theme from the ideas shared on this page.
Start with Some Old Glass Bottles
Add Vintage Apothecary Labels
Create your own vintage labels using these appropriately titled "Apothecary" set of stamps.
The set of rubber stamps includes a skull, pharmacy writing an old arsenic label and several blank frames, just fill in your potion contents.
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Complete the Apothecary Display with More Decorations
If you happen to have an apothecary cabinet, this makes an excellent base and background for the display. If you don't, you can still create a display on any table top, or shelves.
Look for other spooky and old items that you might have around (or in the attic). To complete the apothecary display you need to add in other decorations and embellishing touches. Here are just some of the items you can use to create a display.
- Glass jars, bell jars and glass containers
- Old and faux apothecary supplies e.g. soap, ampules, boxes
- Bottles filled with colorful "potions"
- Dissection Tools (tweezers, clamps, scissors)
- Chemistry glasswear filled with potions and preserved items
- Mortar and pestle
- Herbs, spices, jars and rack
- Herb bundles, smudging sticks
- "Old" printed paper with formulas, recipes
- Old books ones with bad bindings will help to recreate the mood
- Skulls and skeletons
- Old keys
- Candles (preferably melted) and candlesticks
- Baskets especially handwoven
- Cheesecloth or black fabric
- Apothecary cabinet or bookshelves
- Fake spiders and spider webs
- Soft back lighting
Vote on Spooky Halloween Apothecary Displays
What type of display would you like to set up?
Create Potion, Poison or Apothecary Bottles
Creating bottles that look like ones you would find in an old pharmacy or apothecary is pretty simple.
You can make unique bottles and jars by up-cycling or reusing glass bottles and jars that you probably already have at home. Look around the house an old glass spice jar, pickle jar, Worcester sauce bottle or glass hand lotion bottle.
You can even recycle plastic water and drink bottles and containers, but glass will probably look more like old pharmacy.
Total Time: ~ 30 minutes
- Glass bottles and jars
- Paper for printing out labels
- Labels or label graphics
- Glue or other adhesive
- Optional - bottle contents
- 1. Find bottles and jars that you want to decorate.
- 2. Wash the glass containers, being sure to remove any old labels and adhesive.
- 3. Look for labels that you like online to download and print, or order labels from Amazon or eBay.
- 4. 'Age' the labels by getting them dirty using colored pencils, charcoal, pastels and/or and smudged.
- 5. When the labels are ready, glue them to the bottles and jars.
- 6. Let the adhesive dry and wipe off any stray glue or stray smudges.
- 7. Fill with colored water, herbs or other creepy contents.
- Old glass bottles by akx. Used under a morgueFile license
How to Make Halloween Potion Bottles - Video Tutorial
These video tutorials will help you see how to make apothecary bottles with homemade items. They are perfect for Halloween and a great addition to any apothecary display from FairyboyProductions, S.K. Austin and jpkrafty5.
Apothecary Bottle and Jar Supplies on Amazon
Amazon is one of the places you can find old style bottles. You might also be able to pick some up from a thrift store or yard sale. Just be careful you don't re-purpose old bottles that are very valuable.
This apothecary bottle comes with a stand, making it perfect for decorating and then staging. Comes with a cork.
Also available in blue, amber, green, frosted and red on Amazon
Create a set of mini bottles in amber
These work the the 7 gypsies labels to create cute little mini apothecary bottles.
These glass containers measure 8, 9, and 10 1/4 inches tall.
Store some 'preserved' specimens in this jar.
Apothecary Bottles and Labels on eBay
Real vintage apothecary bottles are available on eBay, but if you plan on decorating you may want to stick to upcycling bottles that you have around the house, or getting apothecary craft bottles.
Check the sizes of the bottles, since many are small.
Free Vintage Labels Online
Two of the more popular Vintage potion and pharmacy labels available online to download and print for free.
- Vintage Poison Labels | Spookshows.com
These are vintage (some modified) Poison labels - Feel free to print them out - in color if you can - and use them on old bottles or jars.
- Potion Labels & Misc. | Flickr
Here are some various potion ingredient labels from Love Manor used in a potion cabinet and decorating in the home.
Halloween Bottle Labels on Zazzle
Zazzle has many different and unique bottle labels to help you create creepy Halloween decorations. Here are two examples for Goblin Brains and Cobra Venom:
Goblin Brains Bottle Label by ChiaPetRescue CHECK PRICE
Snake Venom Bottle Label by ChiaPetRescue CHECK PRICE
Halloween Apothecary Labels on eBay
You can find vintage-look labels on eBay too.
More Pharmacy Bottle Decorating Ideas
- Danger and Poison Labels | Amongst The Oaks
To create pharmacy bottles: snag some poison labels off the Internet, print them out, age and glue them to old bottles.
- Potion Bottles | Amongst The Oaks
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Staging and Arranging Potion Bottles Ideas
Traditional Old Pharmacy
Even though the display of pharmacy bottles from the Hospices de Beaune* is not designed to convey a spooky effect, the fact that it is old, worn, used and even a bit decayed makes us think that it is a bit creepy.
The eeriness of the bottles and possible potions lined up neatly on the shelves may be due to the very old style of writing (the Hospice de Beaune was established in 1443) along with the obvious signs of use and because we may not recognize many of the names of the potions used for treatment.
Another reasons is because of the medical treatment techniques at the time, many of which were pretty primitive.
Setting up a traditional old pharmacy display using very old-style labels would work well, obviously, with pharmacy parties, but also with other medical or nursing parties. You could even come up with games where participants had to guess what is in the potion and what ailment the different contents were used for treating.
* The Hospices de Beaune was established as a charitable house for the poor and needy in Beaune, France in 1443. It continues as a working institution even to this day.
Unique Ways to Stage Your Apothecary Bottles
- Recreate an old apothecary or pharmacy store - Fill your store with bottles and packages covered in vintage pharmacy labels
- Stage a Club-styled Apothecary - Use back-lighting behind the bottles to create a nightclub atmosphere.
- Set up a Mad Scientist's or Chemist's laboratory - Old chemistry glassware is great for decorating
- Decorate a Wizard's Den - Recreate Mr. Mullpepper's Apothecary from Harry Potter
- Create a Witch's Lair - Add a potion shelf or table and cover with witch potions, poison bottles and concoctions.
Use a Pharmacy Mortar and Pestle
Put out a large vintage style mortar and pestle to recreate the feel of an old pharmacy.
After Halloween is over, you can use it to grind your herbs and spices.
Create a Creepy Halloween Mantle or Corner Display
Use this amazingly creepy apothecary scene from Nomadic Lass to inspire your own creepy Halloween display. The idea is one that could be placed on a mantle, a table or as a corner or window display.
To create the skull in a bell jar, you need a glass bell jar, or any glass container (vase or fish bowl?) that could be turned upside down over a skull figurine. In this example a skull and crossbones have been suspended from the glass bell jar. Look for lightweight plastic versions if you want to suspend them on fishing line.
Many of the bottles used in this display have been recycled. An old maple syrup bottle holds a strange potion and a peppercorn jar is filled with plastic spiders. Vinegar and barbecue sauce bottles has been re-purposed by wrapping twine around the top and adding a customized label, one is filled with "Jellyfish String" and the other contains "Arctic Demon Blood."
Other interesting materials include chemistry glassware containers filled with green and amber colored-potions, tweezers possibly from a dissection kit and textured cheese cloth help to set a spooky mood. Look closely in the background for the bowl filled with little skulls.
What sort of materials can you find to create your own Spooky Halloween display?
Decorate with Skulls, Bell Jars and Old Bottles
Create and Stage a Skull Bell Jar
Products needed to create a skull bell jar and Halloween display.
Use the glass bell jar to set a mood.
Cover the skull statue with the bell jar to create the effect.
Skull measures 5.5 x 3.5 x 4.5 inches
Add colored water to simulate potions.
Cheese cloth already has a great aged look.
Apothecary Decorations in the Office
Decorate a Cubicle at Halloween
This Apothecary shop cubicle created by rmkoske's is another Halloween decorating inspiration for your home, school or office.
The pharmacy effect can be created using basic household items and a bit of creative labeling and printing. Use spices and a spice rack, glass and apothecary jars and label with the names of creepy contents and potions.
Some of the creative labels in this display: "Hobgoblin Brains," "Dragon Blood," "Downy Annelids," "Unicorn Livers," "Tapeworms," "Spiral Worms," "Goblin Pancreas," "Lizard Gall Bladder" and "Pixie Skeletons."
In addition to the re-purposed household items, add in a few old books, woven pine basked and smudging sticks, candle, some skeletons, a few old books and a (hopefully) stuffed raven and you've recreated Crumble and Boyle's Apothecary as your own in office old pharmacy.
Halloween Pharmacy Cubicle Decorations on Amazon
Items needed to help recreate the Halloween pharmacy cubicle look.
Hang a skeleton garland in the office or at home.
This black spice rack helps create a scary feeling.
Bottle your favorite potions and poisons.
Spider webs help in making decorations look old and aged.
Add some dark fabric with holes to create a different affect.
Nightclub Apothecary Décor
A fun and slightly creepy apothecary theme is filling shelves with old apothecary bottles and other paraphernalia and using this as the decoration, or in the case of the Apotheke Bar, a working cocktail bar for a party.
This image to the right was taken at the Apotheke Bar in NY, a bar known for recreating the atmosphere of a pharmacy in 19th century Paris as part of the experience of pouring cocktails in this unique bar that is part stage and part chemistry lab. It is a fun inspiration for staging your own chemistry / apothecary bar.
This theme with apothecary bottles on display highlighted by eerie lighting can also be seen in the image below.
To recreate this nightclub apothecary décor, you need to have shelves, lots of old pharmacy bottles (or create faux versions), chemistry glassware and if desired other pharmacy supplies (e.g. tins soaps, powders, containers). The only other thing you need is lighting and then decide whether you want a soft colored back-lighting glow or soft spot-lighting.
Use temporary shelves and orange rope lights to recreate the spooky effect.
Display Apothecary Bottles on Lit Shelves
Decorating Apothecary Shelves on Amazon
Items needed to help recreate the nightclub with pharmacy shelves.
Set up a temporary display using a folding bookshelf.
Available since 1847, these lozenges are still use today, and the tin can be added to your Halloween apothecary scene.
Use the orange rope lighting to create a glow in the shelves.
Apothecary Bottles on Shelves
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Make this creepy Halloween DIY décor for you upcoming halloween party. Simple yet effective for entertaining your guests.
- Halloween Decorating: Making My Bookcase a Witch's Apothecary
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- Apothecary-Inspired Labels - Halloween Decoration Ideas | Country Living
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- Setting for Four: Apothecary Jar Fillers, Fall & Halloween Ideas
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- Life of a Rockabilly: Apothecary Jar Halloween Decoration.
I've always wanted some cool jars to keep things in, like plants and taxidermy animals, but they are so...expensive! I thought maybe I could make my own using bits and bobs lying around the house and it was so much fun.
- Halloween apothecary jars | Happy Looks Good
In addition to Halloween, I also love jars and all things apothecary-esque. The amazing labels are from Love Manor and most of the jars came from the thrift store.
- My very own Halloween apothecary | KimberlyMichelle
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- Have yourself a merry little Halloween | The Official Love Manor Blog!
Last October I was contacted by someone who inquired about using some of my potion labels in their miniature Halloween-themed townhouse. Of course I was more than thrilled to have my work featured in the project!
Apotheke Cocktail Bar
- The Official Website of Apotheke Cocktail Bar | Apotheke
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More Halloween Apothecary Decorating Ideas
Ideas from other websites and bloggers on decorating and making apothecary bottles and jars.
A Mad Scientist's or Chemist's Laboratory
A Mad Scientist's Laboratory
Set up a Mad Scientist's or Chemist's Laboratory
Creating a scene from a mad scientist (Young Frankenstein) or mad chemist is another fun way to use apothecary and pharmacy bottles, along with any scientific glassware you might have.
To distinguish a "Mad Scientist" theme from just a regular pharmacy or apothecary, you should have some scientific equipment, or at least scientific looking equipment with bottles, tubes and strange colored potions.
The truly adventurous might want to look up some safe formulas for creating potions that bubble over.
Include an electricity or lightning harnessing ball like Nebula Plasma Ball to help re-create that mad scientist/Dr. Frankenstein/Victor from Frankenweenie feeling as seen in the Mad Scientist Poster above.
Mad scientist or mad chemist themes are getting to be very popular with children's parties, both boys and girls, especially with the release of Frankenweenie last year, where Victor plays with science to bring his beloved dog back to life.
Old Chemistry Bottle by ardelfin. Used under a Morguefile license.
More Halloween Bottle Labels
Here are two more examples of the different bottle labels available on Zazzle. These measure 2 by 3 3/4 inches. Labels are for Abby Normal Brains (Young Frankenstein anyone?) and Blood Moon Oil of Deadly Nightshade:
Abby Normal Brain Bottle Label by ChiaPetRescue CHECK PRICE
Blood Moon Halloween Bottle Label by ChiaPetRescue CHECK PRICE
Wizard's Den or Witch's Lair Display
Recreate a Wizard's Apothecary
Harry Potter Fans may want to recreate Mr. Mulpepper's Apothecary or Slug & Jiggers Apothecary as their spooky Apothecary display, at Diagon Alley store with all of the supplies needed for wizards.
Thanks to Google Maps, you can visit the recreations of Mr. Mullpepper's and Slug & Jiggers Apothecaries from the comfort of your own home by taking a virtual walk inside the Warner Bros London Studio and see the types of supplies you might want to display.
The outside of Mullpepper's shop has large vessels filled with Clabbert Pustules, Dragon Liver and Chizpurfle Fangs for sale. The shop windows are filled with bowls of berries, roots, herbs and other ingredients needed for wizard concoctions.
The windows display of Slug & Jiggers Apothecary hold old jars, bottles and chemistry glassware filled with various ingredients for making wizard potions. Recreate your own with a window display of wizardly ingredients.
Harry Potter Bottle Labels on Amazon
.These Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince potion labels are actually magnets listing many of the potions from Harry Potter.
10 Potion Label magnets.
The Sale of Unicorn Blood is Forbidden.
DO NOT ASK!— Mr. Mullpepper
Mr. Mullpepper's Apothecary - Close Up
Visit Diagon Alley on Google Maps
Take a look at Mr. Mullpepper's Apothecary by visiting the Warner Brother's studio in London via Google Maps.
- Google Is Even Mapping The Fictional World Of Harry Potter
Didn't get into Hogwarts when you turned 11? Don't worry.
- Diagon Alley at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London | Google Maps
Visit Diagon Alley online at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden via Google Maps.
- Mr. Mulpepper's Apothecary - Harry Potter Wiki
Mr. Mulpepper's Apothecary is a shop in Diagon Alley which sold potion ingredients.
- Slug & Jiggers Apothecary | Flickr
Slug & Jiggers Apothecary from the Harry Potter Studio Tour.
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