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Vintage Hollywood Starlets Dress Up - Ways to Decorate For Halloween With Photos of Sexy Witches in Costumes

Updated on June 29, 2014

I am a lover of vintage, black and white photography, and Halloween. Put these loves together and you've just concocted something that works better than any love potions one could possibly think of putting together.An exaggeration, perhaps, but a myriad of feelings do pursue me during this time of year when the three align just so.

While witches and sorcery are far from explicitly correlated to Halloween, it is acceptable during this holiday to be mused and amused by them, and I, for one, certainly am.

Vintage posters were more than happy to advertise true sexual prowess. Halloween was no exception when it came to enticing costumes that turned heads and added just the right amount of fun. While witch costumes are more streamlined and stereotypical today, they didn't used to

Veronica Lake - star of  the 1942 film "I Married a Witch" - "A 300-year-old witch wreaks havoc when she falls in love with a young politician."
Veronica Lake - star of the 1942 film "I Married a Witch" - "A 300-year-old witch wreaks havoc when she falls in love with a young politician."
Nancy Carroll, a glittery witch with an awesome broom.
Nancy Carroll, a glittery witch with an awesome broom.
Nancy Carroll
Nancy Carroll

be, not when it came to vintage Halloween glamour photos. Witch hats often sported pons and plumes. Glitter, tight shorts, halter tops, cocktail skirts and ribbons, were somehow incorporated in the less is more witch look. Starlets clad barely-there outfits that flowed or glittered or both, and they bore their sexiest smiles or damsel in distress looks for the cameras.


Some of these black and white photos and vintage posters can be found on the web, as well as at auctions (both on and off line), yard and estate sales, photo and frame shops, vintage and antique stores, and other like places. They are not readily available, however, so a lover of this sort of vintage does need to scrummage about and keep their eyes peeled.


Framed Halloween Décor

Vintage starlets are witchy and bewitching both on and off screen, whether dawning a witch's costume, playing a witch, or none of the above. Around Halloween, they inspire me. They also inspire my Halloween décor.

Yes, they inspire my décor. In fact these beautiful and sexy ladies become a part of it, turning my living and dining rooms into a fabulous and bewitching spectacle.

Whether found or printed out, black and white photos and posters of Halloween garbed stars of the past enchant my walls and mantles, placed in amongst cobwebs and fog, pumpkins, spiders, and bowls of Halloween treats.

Behind glass or simply cardboard framed, they are stunning and add a happiness to Halloween that is sure to please yourself as well as your company.

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Dusty AndersonVirginia WellesJoyce HoldenGriffin AdvertisementThe Lynn Barri witchAdele JergensAva Gardner
Dusty Anderson
Dusty Anderson
Virginia Welles
Virginia Welles
Joyce Holden
Joyce Holden
Griffin Advertisement
Griffin Advertisement
The Lynn Barri witch
The Lynn Barri witch
Adele Jergens
Adele Jergens
Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner

The King Sisters sing theme to "Bewitched" from 1965 King Family Show

Clara Bow - "Bow was the embodiment of beauty, abandon, and sex appeal for the movie-goers of the Jazz Age."
Clara Bow - "Bow was the embodiment of beauty, abandon, and sex appeal for the movie-goers of the Jazz Age."
Janet Leigh
Janet Leigh

A lovely place to find a witch?

A markerSalem, MA -
Salem, MA, USA
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Home of the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692.

And yet another spot where many a witch has been captured on film.

A markerHollywood, CA -
Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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      Frieda Babbley 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Awesome! I'll be looking forward to it. Don't forget to let me know about it!

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      TattoGuy 6 years ago

      I will, it will be mid January ; )

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      Frieda Babbley 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Send me a link so I can check it out!!!

      *blush*

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      TattoGuy 6 years ago

      Oh it will Frieda as I have muchness plans and my Forum come Blog is my biggest plan and I hope to attract great writers and pretty members like yerself. You are unique plus a classy writer, no wonder that flirting dog Reilly is on yer page lol x

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      Frieda Babbley 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Happy New Year to you!!!! I hope it is to. And I hope yours brings you the very best and is full of happy happy fun!

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      TattoGuy 6 years ago

      Happy New Year moi delightful Lil Babbley, I hope 2011 is your best year ever x

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      Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Okay, I work entirely too many hours now and I have missed so many awesome comments here. Enjoyed Halloween with a lovely bout of Pertussis, (not over it, but at least I'm not contagious any more thank to antibiotics, lol. Spooky? Yes. But surrounded by lovely witches, it's easy to have much fun even when you're sick. I hope all of you enjoyed your Halloween festivities.

      Raven King, I've been trying to figure out a way to make one into a life-sized cardboard cut-out. That would be soooooo totally awesome. Sure, a bit demented, but wicked cool none the less.

      Special greetings to Dolores, Princessa, Cindy, Robie2, Alekhouse, Amanda, Hello hello, and Dallas.

      Winsome, you totally rock! Thanks much for the link. =D

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      Cindy Letchworth 7 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      Oh...I want to be Dusty.... Truly neat pictures. Happy Halloween.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      Glad to see you back, beautiful pictures!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I am glad my night is coming up and gave my broom its maintainance. I am ready and can't wait. lol

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Frieda! It's so good to see you here at the old HP! I too love both Halloween and vintage anything and those old movie posters were a real treat!

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      Raven King 7 years ago from Cabin Fever

      Cool! These would look great in lifesize! :D

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Bewitched and "bewildered." Great memories...

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Bewitched again by the fabulous Frieda, so good to see you and these black and whites. My favorite is Veronica Lake and I love the black moon in Dusty Anderson's photo. You might enjoy this account of Sarah Jessica Parker tracing her roots to Salem. Welcome back M! =:)

      http://www.wickedlocal.com/manchester/features/x13...

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      Nancy Hinchliff 7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Been missing you around here. Fun hub. Where'd you ever dig up those photos? They're priceless.

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      Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

      Those black and white pics remind me of a whole different world when all the starlets were impossibly glamorous. Great pics, and a great idea for a hub!

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      Roberta Kyle 7 years ago from Central New Jersey

      I love this nostalgic Hollywood Halloween. What a great idea. I don't have a clue who Dusty Anderson and Nancy Carroll were, but I think their pictures are fabulous. This is such a great and original Halloween hub.

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      Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      I was just as surprised! PS I am now remembering the agony of waiting for a hub-score to go up. I should have sat on it longer, but as usual I was impatient.

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Who knew there were words to the theme for 'Bewitched'? Thanks for find it!

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      Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      It's true. Felt sooo good to come back and write though, I can tell you that.

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      I, for one - and clearly not alone - have missed you terribly!! You are one busy lady!

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      Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      You're most welcome, Tom. Your being here brought me a big smile too. Thanks! =D

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      This brought me a big smile. Thanks!

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      Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      It's been a while, hasn't it, Candie? Lol, this is bringing back memories. You guys are so awesome to come around so fast!

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Frieda! It's you! It's really you! I'm with Christoph - needa Frieda fix! This is a great hub on vintage Hollywood and the pictures are fantastic! So great to see you again!

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      Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Hello hello Christoph and Happy Halloween. I'm thrilled to pieces that you're my first commenter on this Hub. A true appreciator, I know. Aren't they awesome! *sigh* =D

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      Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

      Glad to have seen you post, cause I needa Freida! What fun this hub was! Like you, as a lover of both vintage b&w photographs - especially of the Hollywood variety - I just loved the pics!