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October 31, 2011

Your Vintage Halloween Party With Decorations, Games and Fun Food

By RetroRuth

Happy Halloween, everyone! I hope everyone has something fun planned for today. If you don’t, guess what?? I have some great news for you:

It isn’t too late to plan your perfect mid-century Halloween Party! I know! Exciting, isn’t it? I know you just…

What was that? You don’t want to plan a party? You can’t think of anything you would like to do less?

Well, then you could just come to mine that I am going to plan right now. That would be fine, too.


First, we are going to need some decorations.

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This a festive display from an Emkay Candle catalog, 1957.

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Notice that no one mentions where the stuffed pheasant comes from. Or that the pheasant’s tail seems uncomfortably close to the flame on that cornucopia candle.

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I just have to say that I WANT those block pillar candles. They are awesome. And that pumpkin with the hat is incredibly sweet, too.

And just in case burning, stuffed pheasants isn’t our thing, here is another idea from Popular Mechanics, October 1962.

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Witch’s den is an appropriate table decoration that helps stimulate the atmosphere of fun an gayety.

You know, sometimes I feel bad for Popular Mechanics.  They have great ideas, but those guys really have to learn to relax. Such a scientific approach to partying.

And if you are really pressed for time to whip up party decorations, you can go with these guys:

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Dig the meat from the two natural eye holes and fill the cavities with wood putty.

They serve two purposes; a horrific creation process AND decoration. Now THAT’s a good Halloween display. From Popular Mechanics, Nov 1943.

Okay, now that we have our decorations all lined up, let’s work on some party games!

How about a Halloween Parade? At least that is the suggestion from Billy’s Neighbors, which was published 1958 and illustrated by Janet LaSalle and Lucy Ozone.

First, you give your party guests a map so no one gets lost on the parade.

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“Oh crap, is that the pet or the funny face?”

“I think it might be the poster.”

“Well, we’re lost.”

And everyone needs a song to sing during the parade.

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Repeat song throughout the night as necessary.

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Oh, and you guys have to bring your own maniacal smiles. That way I have less to buy.

After a couple parade marchings, it is time to move on to another game. Here are some from Betty Crocker’s Parties for Children by Lois M. Freeman, published in 1973 and illustrated by Judy and Barry Martin.

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Any player who touches the broom is out. (Pony tails, sashes, and stiff petticoats do not count. Use your own judgment as to what jiggles the broom.)

Pony tails? Sashes? Stiff petticoats? How cute is that party???

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After all these party games, the guests are going to be tired, thirsty and hungry! We need some fun snacks. Check out these offerings from Betty Crocker’s Party Book, published in 1960.

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And if you are looking for a more substantial meal, you are just going to have to stay tuned for a special post from the Mid-Century Menu today that is dedicated to mid-century Halloween party food. It has hot dogs!

Happy Halloween, and see you at the party!

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3 Responses to Your Vintage Halloween Party With Decorations, Games and Fun Food

  1. Sara in AZ Reply

    October 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Nothing says Halloween like a burning stuffed pheasant! 😉 Those kooky guys over at Popular Mechanics…maybe we need to spike the punch for them or something! 🙂 Great post Ruth! Happy Halloween!!!

  2. Andrea Reply

    October 31, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I am not sure what it says for me and my hubby that we both like to read Popular Mechanics, LOL! I am utterly loving that Witches’ Den centerpiece, especially the witch inside the pumpkin. That might be neat to do out of one of those carvable plastic pumpkins you can get at like Michael’s, so all of your hard work doesn’t go to waste!

    Put me down for some of those block pillar candles as well – those are sweet!

    I am loving all of these little games – so saving them for future reference for when Ella is older. I also want to see this sash, ponytail and petticoat filled party!

  3. Betty Reply

    April 27, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I’m with you Andrea! I’m loving that Witch’s Den. I know
    just how to get ‘er done. May try it with both real and
    fake JOL. Feel a bit safer with the real one though.
    Neat post. I love looking in “other” expected places for
    Halloween ideas. Mid-Century is the new black. Betty

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