Vintage Halloween Decor: The Past Comes Back to Haunt
That wig and clown makeup may get you a little attention, but if you really want to turn heads this season, try decorating with vintage Halloween crafts and collectibles.
Wondering where to begin? How about your grandparents' attic? Or, comb the aisles of your favorite antique store for seasonal postcards, books and signs. Don't be scared if you strike out. A simple internet search will yield many companies selling reproductions of vintage Halloween decorations and collectibles. Also, small-town "five and dime" stores can be a great place to find vintage decorations.
But being a trendsetter doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune. There are easy crafts that can add to your vintage holiday look.
Create an easy centerpiece with a large-mouth vase, a floral Styrofoam cube, and several orange and black lollipops. Small chocolate candies can be used as a filler to conceal the Styrofoam. Tie ribbons around the lollipop sticks to increase visual appeal. Flank place settings with small, galvanized buckets filled with nostalgic candies.
If you've got kids, you can be sure they will be excited to assemble an old-fashioned paper chain made from orange and black construction paper. Your little ones might also enjoy making garland with wooden beads.
Vintage-looking scrapbook paper can be used to make an assortment of party goods, including noisemakers, invitations and containers using glue or decoupage techniques. And, in lieu of sugared candies or plastic molds, cupcakes look the part with retro Halloween picks.
Collecting vintage Halloween decor can be fun and even profitable. Many collectors choose to display their collections year-round as part of a vintage or rustic decorating theme. Vintage Halloween items go back as far as the nineteen century. Photographs and postcards featuring Edwardian women dressed as witches and posing with cats are extremely popular among collectors. Tin Halloween toys from the nineteenth and early twentieth century are also sought after and make charming decorations for the rustic home with an "Americana" theme.
Halloween was a well-celebrated holiday in the 1920s. Many items from that time period feature flappers in witch costume, cuddly black cats and jack-o-lanterns. Halloween collectibles from the first half of the twentieth century tend towards charming rather than the scary and horrifying decorations popular now. As Shirley Temple came into popularity, postcards started to feature chubby-cheeked little girls with curly hair dressed as witches.
Vintage Halloween collectibles from the 1950s, sixties and seventies tend to be more "kitschy" and include games and costumes, plastic masks, and items featuring ghosts and skeletons as opposed to the "cuter" items from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The popularity of horror movies has made Halloween decor grow steadily scarier.