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Vintage Halloween Decorations

Updated on September 24, 2013

Vintage Halloween Decorations - Vintage Style is Hot

One very popular trend right now is Vintage Halloween Decorations! Since I love all things vintage, this trend has caught my eye. I started looking around to see what was available and was happily surprised at the new, old style as well as actual old items available.

Tissue paper poms and honeycombs, Happy Halloween pennant banners, ceramic figurines, tin signs -- all these and more are readily available. You can also use your own version of once loved items and make your own decorations for a party (like this vintage Halloween dessert table I made).

I wanted to show you some of what I found. Maybe you'll love it too and change up the way you decorate this All Hallows Eve season!

Image: Halloween Vintage Metal Art Tin Sign

Vintage Halloween, Seattle, 1943
Vintage Halloween, Seattle, 1943

About Vintage Halloween Decorations

Halloween History

During the 1920s, Halloween came into it's own as a more acceptably celebrated holiday. Back then it was more for adults. Parties were held where the guests gathered to play card and table games like mahjong and bridge and decorations were set about the room and front entrance to give it a party atmosphere. Game winners received prizes like lanterns, candy and noisemakers to take home.

By the 1930s Halloween was considered to be a holiday for children and trick or treating was widespread in the USA. Since modern Halloween has its' beginnings from Pagan beliefs, All Saints Day and other religious or sect teachings, superstitions were always a big part of the decorations. Black cats, devils, ghosts and owls have long since been associated with Halloween. Another big influence on Halloween decorations was the fact that it is celebrated in the fall of the year. Autumnal influences like scarecrows, pumpkins, and bails of hay have all been used in Halloween decorations for decades.

Whether you prefer a scary Halloween (gory came along in later years) or a fun, more autumnal Halloween, you can use vintage Halloween decorations or vintage style Halloween decorations to spruce up your home!

Image Credit: 1943, Seattle, WA - IMLS Digital Collections and Content under the CC Attribution 2.0 Generic License

Classic Holiday Decorations for October 31st - Paper, Tissue and more!

There are still quite a bit of original, vintage paper decorations for your Halloween collection. Places like online auctions, Etsy and others are a great resource!

Old Fashioned Decorations

Die Cuts & Tissue in a Vintage Style

Back in the day, most party and holiday decorations were made of paper. Each year, they would be lovingly wrapped and stored for the next season.

Honeycomb tissue, combination tissue paper and cardstock as well as card stock paper décor was what was available. They were fragile and you had to be careful handling them.

Today, we have much more hearty versions of a lot of this décor but companies have learned we value tradition and the good ole days! They are now replicating a lot of the same styles out of more robust materials.

Jack-O-Lanterns Cut-Outs (pack of 24)

Pumpkin Honeycomb (pack of 12)

14" Hanging Tissue Ghost (pack of 6)

Happy Halloween Pumpkin Tin Sign

Black Hat Society Halloween Tin Sign

Halloween Witch Tin Sign

Vintage Style Ghost Tin Sign
Vintage Style Ghost Tin Sign

Halloween Ghost Tin Sign

Retro Halloween Decorations -- Collecting - Timeless Halloween Collectibles, 1920 To 1949

Vintage - 2. adj. Characterized by excellence, maturity, and enduring appeal; classic.

Modern - 1. adj. Characteristic or expressive of recent times or the present; contemporary or up-to-date:

source: The Free Dictionary by Farlex

Vintage or Modern?

Which do you prefer, Vintage or Modern style Halloween?

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      Donnette Davis 5 years ago from South Africa

      Stunning! I adore Vintage Halloween EVERYTHING! Blessed by a Squid Angel x

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      boutiqueshops 5 years ago

      Vintage is my favorite look for everything. Love it!

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Vintage is the latest rage. Great selection of vintage Halloween decorations here.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      These are really great Halloween decoration ideas! I love the Halloween vintage signs!

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      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      Great vintage decorations here. You picked some good ones. Now, I just have to decide which ones I'll be adding this year.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Love the vintage style coffee mugs. Great lens!

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      I love your collection of vintage Halloween things, I love collectibles, especially paper collectibles.

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      Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I like the look of vintage art for Halloween. Very good collection.