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October 8, 2013

Tuesday Etsy Roundup – Halloween Is Coming! Edition

By Eartha Kitsch

Halloween is three weeks from today and boy, but I’m psyched! I love Halloween so much. Even though I’m not a kid anymore, I still enjoy it just as much. Or okay, maybe I did love it a little bit more when people gave me free candy but hey, so it goes. It’s still a great time of year! I thought I’d share with you today some fun vintage pickings from the world of Etsy. There will be no tricks here but only treats!

First up, this amazing set of party place cards from seller StraySquirrels:



Aren’t they treasures? I can’t believe that they were never written on. These would be pretty marching across a mantel or shelf even if one didn’t have a party planned. All of their little costumes are so much fun. My favorite is definitely that sweet little cowgirl.

Okay, and so admittedly…I’ve already mentioned my love of Halloween candy. Check out this wonderful Mars Candy box from seller AtticOnLindenwood:


Isn’t it a beaut? It’s from the 1960’s and would be so cool as a Halloween display. Just look at the wild witch with her drastically hooked nose and boiling hot cauldron (of chocolate, I’m sure).

When I was a girl, one of my favorite things to be for Halloween was a witch. Check out this witchy good mask from seller TheOldTimeJunkShop.


I think that it’s just about the best witch mask that I’ve ever seen. Such a classic look with that snarl and the realistic hair. I have no clue how we breathed in these plastic masks but I’m pretty sure that I’d give it the old college try one more time if I owned this mask! I mean…her eyebrows alone. To me, any costume that manufacturer Ben Cooper made was pure Halloween gold. Even if you don’t fancy wearing them anymore, the old masks look killer hanging on a wall.

From seller PherdsFinds, we have a collection of something that really takes me back.


Aren’t these treat bags glorious?  Most people in my neighborhood didn’t use these when I was a kid – but only threw a couple of pieces of candy into each treat sack. Not that such a method wasn’t appreciated but the houses that actually had treat sacks really got a trick-or-treater excited! It was like hitting the jackpot! My Grandfather used the treat sacks and I can still see him in my mind, sitting at his dining room table, carefully filling each little sack with a selection of candies even after his children begged him not to answer the door to strangers after dark anymore. I think he loved Halloween as much as I do!

Did you trick-or-treat as a kid? If so, what was your method of candy carrying? I knew some kids who used buckets,  paper sacks and pillowcases. Even one rogue boy who used a shoebox. To each their own when it comes to candy gathering. I think that my heart will always belong to the plastic jack-o-lanterns though – like this one from seller HighPointFarm2010.


Look at that happy grin and those classic triangle eyes! Oh, I just love that guy! This seller also has a similar one in their shop where he is wearing a mask like a bandit. Super cute!

Some kids also lugged their bounty in special Halloween treat sacks like this beautiful example from seller GypsyMadonna:


Holy smokes but isn’t that great? And double bonus points for double witches on the front! That kid even got an apple and still seems happy!

One of my favorite genres of holiday collectibles would have to be the honeycomb decorations such as this set from seller ellesh71:


Such a fun scarecrow, standing there in his Autumnal setting. Do you see the little acorns that he has for eyes? So inspired! I bet even crows would stop to admire him and his cheery corn stalks.

Next up, you can’t beat vintage party supplies such as these cups from seller cybersenora:


Only forty nine cents per pack back in the day! I am crazy about those pretty black cats strolling in the moonlight. This seller also has the matching plates and tablecloths that go with the cups!

I also couldn’t leave out this wonderful pair of cupcake toppers, also from seller cybersenora.


Obviously due to that AWESOME blue faced witch with her tongue sticking out. Little Mister Autumn Man is nothing to sneeze at either. Do forgive the seasonal allergy joke!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this stroll through vintage Halloween treasures ! I’d love to hear about your Halloween memories. Do you remember any items similar to those above? Did anyone besides me ever cut your tongue on a Ben Cooper mask? Rite of passage, I say!  If you’re interested in any of the above items, please click the links to the sellers and their shops in the post.


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4 Responses to Tuesday Etsy Roundup – Halloween Is Coming! Edition

  1. Andrea Reply

    October 8, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Awesome, Eartha! I too am a Halloween lovers, and you’ve got some awesome finds here. I was all about the plastic pail for hauling my candy as a kid, although the one you’ve found has a way better face!

  2. tammyCA Reply

    October 8, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Oh, yeah the little paper treat bags always excited us when I was a kid…I still remember which neighbor always gave them out. We used paper grocery bags or pillow cases way back when…even had one packed full of candy burst from the load. Love all the vintage Halloween graphics. Every Halloween I always think of apple cider and powdered white donuts, bobbing for apples..all stuff we did at school parties.

  3. meem Reply

    October 8, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Loved this!!! Do you still have that paper kitty for Halloween Ruth or did Zoe’ eat it??!!!

  4. cybersenora Reply

    October 11, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks Eartha for including some of my vintage Halloween items!!! You have great taste!!! I too LOVE vintage Halloween!!! I remember trying to see and breath thru the plastic masks with small holes for eyes and mouth! Plus, it was sometimes cold and you had to wear your coat over your prized costume 🙁 It was worth it as our pillow case bags were full!!! A Happy Halloween to all and may it bring back many happy memories!

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