October 20, 2009Tuesday’s Retro Guest – Happy Halloween Y’all
I love this post by Sara – vintage Halloween is the best!
Happy (early) Halloween! Since I totally love Halloween (and would have wanted to get married on Halloween, if Mike had not had interfering college courses 🙂 ) I thought I would say ‘Happy Halloween’ to everyone! I had to do it a bit early, since I only do a post for Ruth about every other week. Annnnd, yes, I did say y’all in the title! I figure since I practically grew up in Tennessee and Texas I am allowed to say it every now and then, just like I have to say fixin’ sometimes too. 🙂 Anyway, on with the Halloween fun!
I really fell in love with all the old Halloween stuff about 10 years ago. I would pick up these old paper pumpkins when I found them, but they had to be pretty cheap. Hey, I love Halloween, but there is only so much money I can spend. I would estimate these are all from around the 1950’s. The paper mache pumpkins were meant to be lit with a real candle inside, so you can imagine what a nightmare that was. Oops, we now have a flaming pumpkin. I have seen many of these with huge scorch marks on them, I am sure many were reduced to ash. As you can see the one on the front right is actually a cat. They also had many other paper mache decorations such as a devil head and a smaller cat head. All the pumpkins/decorations usually came with paper faces that were glued on to the inside. I have seen many pumpkins without the faces, and I can only imagine what their fate was at the hands of the mean old candle. I use the tea light battery operated candles in these pumpkins and it works really well.
Here is a picture of the pumpkins with all the lights on.
My last picture is of some glass Halloween ornaments I bought from Target on clearance after Halloween. I bought these all the way back in 2001 for 75% off. So, they were probably like a dollar each. They really reminded me of all the old style blown glass Christmas ornaments from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. I should say they are not really actual tree ornaments because they stand on their own and have no hangers on the top. The glass is really thin and fragile and I am surprised they made it through all the Target markdowns!
So there you go, some of my favorite Halloween items! I hope y’all enjoyed. Have a GREAT Halloween everyone.