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Vintage Halloween Collectibles

Updated on October 7, 2017
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Writing Nag is the pseudonym for blogger Patricia Biro. She writes about home, finance, creative writing and anything and everything vintage

Vintage Halloween Decorations

Halloween was always my favorite holiday and because the date falls close to my birthday, I always had an October-themed party. Black and orange paper decorations, colorful paper graphics on nut cups, pumpkin lanterns and themed games. If you love fall or you're just nostalgic for the trick-or-treats of your childhood, look to decorating your home with vintage Halloween.

If you're lucky you will have kept some collectible October decorations. Use vintage masks to decorate pumpkins, set out a row of blow-mold jack-o-lanterns to line your driveway or entrance to your house, display vintage postcards and line the mantle with vintage party accessories and decorations.

Popularity of the holiday

I recently found and bought a vintage blow-mold Jack-o-lantern flashlight at a local thrift store. I was thrilled to find this treasure that resembled the one I had as a child. Throughout the year I look for these collectibles at antique malls, thrift stores and garage sales.

According to the National Retail Federation American's spend billions of dollars a year on our favorite October holiday. That includes costumes,candy, decorations and greeting cards.

Vintage Candy Containers

Made with paper mache and filled with candied fruit, salted nuts, and other confections. Vintage paper-mache candy containers are difficult to find in excellent condition.

At the turn of the 20th century women's magazines were filled with festive table settings which almost always included nut or candy cups. The settings were orange and black decorated with silhouettes of witches, cats, bats, skeletons and more.

Vintage Halloween Collectibles

Vintage Costumes

If only we saved our costumes from the 1960's and 1970's! I distinctly remember the cool graphics on the boxes, the smell and feel of the plastic masks and the unique fabric of the costumes. Collectors look for names like Ben Cooper and Collegeville. Look for costumes that are in great condition, in the original box, with popular themes television themes including Wonder Woman, Popeye, Flintstones, Casper the Ghost, Spider-Man, the Hulk, The Muppets or the traditional Halloween costumes: gypsy, Frankenstein, witch, skeleton and many more.

The Story And Song From The Haunted Mansion
The Story And Song From The Haunted Mansion

When we were kids my father brought us home this album. One of our favorite things to do was sit in the cellar with the lights out and listen to the scary sounds of The Haunted Mansion. If you're having a party, don't forget to add a scary soundtrack to the background. Think rattling chains, creaking doors, screams and more!


Hold on, man. We don't go anywhere with "scary," "spooky," "haunted," or "forbidden" in the title. From Scooby-Doo

Many people love these collectibles because it reminds them of their childhood. Black and orange graphics are the most common with familiar themes of owls, black cats, witches, devils, pumpkins, Jack-o-lanterns and ghosts.

© 2011 Writing Nag

What do you love about vintage Halloween?

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    • nickybutler profile image


      6 years ago

      Never considered going vintage for Halloween - absolutely fascinating looking at the old folk art. Thank you so much for sharing :)

    • bernie74 lm profile image

      bernie74 lm 

      6 years ago

      Halloween is awesome, Vintage Halloween just gives things that little more Authentic look and feel! Thanks for sharing

      Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      i enjoyed your lens. thanks.


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