Halloween Cards

Halloween Jack o' Lantern

Halloween is about cards, Jack 0' Lanterns, ghost, witches and black cats.
Halloween is about cards, Jack 0' Lanterns, ghost, witches and black cats.

History of Halloween Cards

We celebrate Halloween every October 31st. It is fun to watch all the children in costume come to our door. I like sending out Halloween cards to my friends on this special day.

The first Halloween card was made in 1908 in America. But these cards were not too popular until the 1930s came along. The tradition of Halloween dates back for centuries, tracing back to the Celtic festival Samhain and the acknowledged of the end of the harvest season.

Halloween is the 8th largest card-sending occasion. There are over 28 million Halloween cards sent out each year. Will you be one sending out a card?

Traditon of Carving of the Pumpkins

Ever wonder where the tradition of craving the pumpkin came from?

A carved pumpkin is called a Jack o’ lantern. This is a tradition of the Halloween holiday. For a Jack o’ lantern, one would carve a scary or happy face out of the pumpkin. A lit candle is on the inside of the pumpkin. This gives an eerie glow to show off the face artwork. More modern times have become more creative with not only a face on the pumpkin, but just about anything imaginable.

Before creating a carved out face, this squash has to go through preparations. Cut the top off. Clean out the guts of the squash. Once it is hollow on the inside, then cut out that creepy griming face or the masterpiece of something else. Add a candle or a battery operated candle. In the dark it will have that special glow.

To get back to the tradition of craving the pumpkin, it is believed that it had begun in the early 19th century. The Dublin Penny Journal had a lengthy article of the legend of "Jack-o'-the-Lantern". It is the tradition that began in Ireland and ScottishHighlands with carving the goriest of images out on vegetables. The beliefs were that the Jack o’ lanterns represented the spirits of the descended. These souls roamed the earth during the Halloween hours. The eerie glow of the Jack o’ lanterns helped ward off the evil spirits and protected the families.

Halloween Cats

In folklore, it is believed that the black cat has supernatural powers. Sometimes these powers of the cat were used for the good. Good luck would follow those who came across a black cat. On the other hand, the cat resembled black magic or negative powers. Then coming across a black cat would bring bad luck.

Below are six Halloween greeting cards by Sandy Mertens on 3DRose and may also be found on Amazon. These are modern and vintage card designs. The vintage are from artwork dating back to the early 1900’s.

Often in superstition beliefs of witches, a black cat was the faithful companion.

Modern and Vintage Cats on Halloween Cards

Cards on Amazon

by Sandy Mertens on 3DRose shown on Amazon here

Presently there are 570 modern and vintage Halloween cards featured on Amazon by Sandy Mertens. Many more of these cards are on 3DRose. This dot com website has many designer/artistes showcasing their designs on various “print on demand” POD products.

Unlike Zazzle and other custom product websites, finding artistes products is a little more complicated. If looking for Sandy Mertens products, one has to click on the product. In this case it would be “Greeting Card” on the left-hand site of the 3DRose homepage. Once that is open, then you would scroll down the page that has “Greeting Card Index” until you find the categories that state “Sandy Mertens”. (Considerably far down the page because it is in alphabet order).

These are the category pages with Halloween greeting cards with much, much more then what is shown on Amazon:

Sandy Mertens Halloween

Sandy Mertens Halloween Cat Designs

Sandy Mertens Halloween Designs

Sandy Mertens Halloween Food

Sandy Mertens Halloween Food Designs

Sandy Mertens Halloween Words

Sandy Mertens Vintage Halloween Designs

Symbols Representing Halloween

Pumpkins, wheat and scarecrows are symbols for Halloween. These represent the harvest crops of agriculture. Later on witches, ghost, children bobbing for apples and more Halloween theme cards developed.

The Irish brought trick-or-treating and jack-o-lanterns America in the 1840s, escaping the Great Potato Famine. On Halloween, Irish peasants begged the rich for food and played practical jokes on those who refused. In order for the wealthy not to be tricked, they handed out cookies, candies, and fruit. This practice continues today with children going door to door begging for candy.

An old Irish tale about a man named Stingy Jack .Unable to enter Heaven because of his stingy ways and turned away by the Devil, Stingy Jack wandered the world, searching for a resting place. To light his way, Stingy Jack used a burning coal in a hollowed out turnip. When the turnip story reached America, it turned into a pumpkin. Carving out this pumpkin or turnip is called "jack-o-lantern" from this tale.

Witch means wise one. It comes from the Saxon word wica. Witches were thought to be wise enough to tell the future.

Orange and black became Halloween colors because of orange is associated with harvests and black is associated with death.

Halloween Vintage Product Line

Halloween Cards on Sandyspider

Find these same Modern and Vintage Halloween cards plus a whole lot more not found on the Amazon cards at Sandyspider Gifts on Zazzle.

Look for "Halloween Vintage" and "This is Halloween" product lines.

Vintage Halloween Greeting Cards

Vintage Halloween Designs Greeting Card is measuring 5.5w x 5.5h. Greeting Cards are sold in sets of 6 or 12. Give these fun cards to your friends and family as gift cards, thank you notes, invitations or for any other occasion. Greeting Cards are bl
Vintage Halloween Designs Greeting Card is measuring 5.5w x 5.5h. Greeting Cards are sold in sets of 6 or 12. Give these fun cards to your friends and family as gift cards, thank you notes, invitations or for any other occasion. Greeting Cards are bl

Above are only two of the several category pages. Those are listed here but without links. You can search 3DRose for those pages.

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Find Sandy Mertens under the individual products in 3drose.com, near the bottom of each product page. Near complete list of products to add to your page listed under Sandy Mertens on Amazon are: Aprons, Caps, Coasters, Coffee Gift Basket, Desk Clock, Framed Tile, Greeting Cards, Iron On Heat Transfers, Key Chains, Light Switch Covers, Mouse Pads, Mugs, Ornaments, Porcelain Plates, Quilt Squares, Sweatshirts, Napkin Holders, Pen Holders, Tiles, Tote Bags, Trivets, T-Shirts, Wall Clocks, and Water Bottles.

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Is Halloween Your Favorite Holiday? 22 comments

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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

I enjoyed reading this article on Halloween. Good information


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Coolmon2009, glad you enjoyed it.


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CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Thanks for bringing these great Halloween cards to my attention, Sandyspider - I didn't even know that you could get Halloween cards


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

CMHypno, I believe there is a cards somewhere for everything.


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mulberry1 6 years ago

Interesting history lesson. I had never heard of Stingy Jack. Love the vintage Halloween cards.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

WOW who knew you could get such cool and quality Halloween Cards. Thanks for the great selection of cards.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thanks for the visit mulberry1 and katiem2.


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zzron 6 years ago from Houston, TX.

Hey your big jack-o-lantern picture at the top looks like my avatar. Nice hub Sandy.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

zzron, guest we picked it up at the same place. :)


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

My kids used to absolutely love getting Halloween cards from my mom - it was one of those things that she did for every holiday and still does most often. My one son claims it is a Hallmark plot to get us to spend money which is too hilarious - but they certainly did enjoy receiving these every year as a kid. I actually love getting cards as well and I'm no spring chicken!


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

akirchner, all businesses are plotting to get us to spend money for the holidays. I'm not spring chicken either. :)


Sheilamarie 6 years ago

I especially like your pumpkin cards. Great ideas.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thanks Sheilamarie.


BenjaminB 6 years ago

Interesting SandySpider,I did not know that my starving Irish ancestors had started this holiday in the sense we see today.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

BenjaminB, yes it is your ancestors fault that our kids beg for candy. LOL


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LisaAuch 6 years ago

Hi Sandy

Great work on here, I love your designs

Lisa


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thanks Lisa.


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katyzzz 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Interesting stuff Sandy spider, quite intriguing, really


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Mobatia 3 years ago

Awesome, Great work


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Sandyspider 3 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thanks Mobita.


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Mobatia 3 years ago

Your Welcome...Perhaps you can use Dewdrops App to create one even better...


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Sandyspider 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Mobatia I haven't heard of Dewdrops.

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