More General Witchiness

Our fall has been fabulous so far with just a mild frost last week; I wish we could get a little rain since the fire danger is high and it’s been windy.  We’re still going to garage sales and tomorrow shouldn’t be any different since the forecast is calling for temperatures around 76ºF.  Hopefully, there are still a few households in town that procrastinated during summer and have goodies they need to sell.

Most of this week’s post is going to be vintage Halloween decorations that I use, since Kathy showed a few of her oldies last week.  I also threw in a few postcards from Pinterest.  But, before that, let’s look at an orphan or two that didn’t make it into last week’s post:


She’s just a standard soft sculpture witch, but you’ve got to admit that the orange feather boa adds a ton of flair!  Took her from ho-hum to “hey, look at that!” in our book.  I’m not sure that a feather boa would be practical for an outdoor decoration, but what the heck, it would be the only one on the block.

ARC has some very odd mannequins:


and their Halloween mannequins are no different.  I’m not really sure what they’re dressed up as, but it’s weird.  I suspect that if it’s a cultural reference, I’m too old and slow to get it.

Before I forget, here’s a link to a fun article in Country Living on 100 years of vintage Halloween items.  It’s definitely worth a look.

Like Kathy, I’m very fond of honeycomb decorations.  I have a set given to me by my sister-in-law:

Beistle Co 1980 halloween-honecomb-decorations

They are Beistle Company from 1980, and are less than six inches wide.  The company started in the early 1900s in Pittsburgh, introduced tissue honeycomb decorations to the US in 1910, and hasn’t looked back.  Beistle are now making reproductions of their old patterns, so you need to be wary when buying “vintage” paper Halloween decorations.  I’m sure there is no intent from the company to deceive, but we’ve seen it with reproductions of vintage Barbies.  People selling them on the secondary market insist that their Barbies are old, even when we show them the new tags on the outfits.

Here is a Beistle Company paper witch cutout:

Beistle Co vintage witch cutout

That moon is such a giveaway for the company.  It’s printed on both sides and marked on one side “© Beistle Co  Made in the USA”.  The reproductions have Beistle Co and a date to differentiate them from the vintage decorations.  As kids, we taped this kind of decoration in the windows so you could see them on both sides.  That may explain why you frequently see these paper decorations torn with tape marks all over them.

Here is my 12-inch honeycomb tissue paper pumpkin:


I know this is from the ’60s or ’70s as it is marked “Made in USA” with no company name and shows appropriate wear.  It also has a metal tab to bend over to keep it expanded.  The 1980s honeycombs have paper tabs.  The little plastic skeleton is a Halloween noisemaker.  If you shake him, his head moves back and forth which produces a really strange sound.  My dog HATES him and I have to keep Noisy put up, or he would be chewed to pieces.

Here is a vintage noisemaker:

T Cohn Vintage metal Halloween noisemaker

This tin noisemaker has a litho design of a witch and pumpkin; it was probably made in the 1950s.  Earlier noisemakers were usually made from wood and there were tin clicker noisemakers from the 1940s with litho decorations.  The T. Cohn (their mark is a superimposed T C as can be seen in the picture) toy company made this witchy poo and I won’t let my husband shake her for fear of messing up the decoration:


I wanted to share some homemade costumes from a recent purchase:

McCalls Giant Golden Make-it Book

This poor book has been used a lot, but I can’t resist its awesome projects:

McCalls Giant Golden Make-it Book Halloween   McCalls Giant Golden Make-it Book Halloween

I would have made these as a kid if we had this book.  They are pretty cute, much better that what I usually dressed up as: a bum, a ghost, and an “Indian” maiden.  Poor Mom had to get five costumes together, and we weren’t the kind of family that went out and bought new costumes every year.  We mixed and matched, as you can see from this photo:


One kid is missing here, and you can see that the weather was rainy on Halloween 1969, but this was pretty representative of our Halloween costuming.

Well, let’s end on some goodness.  Here are some of my favorite Halloween postcards from our Pinterest Halloween board:

Some Halloween love:

halloween-love   miss-halloween

The girl with her kitty really floats my boat!  It’s a wonderful image, and I really like everything about it.  The colors are so rich.

Next up, you know us and our pets:

witch-pumpkin-and-cat   puppies-and-pumpkins

We have to have both cats and dogs even if dogs aren’t really a Halloween thing.

Finally, this might be my favorite way to celebrate Halloween:


Sharing some delicious cider with friends.  Hope she isn’t feeding Jack Pumpkinhead hard cider; there’s no knowing what he might get up to.  Doesn’t the little girl remind you of the old-timey Campbell Soup Kids?

Thanks for reading and we hope you all have a Happy Halloween!




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