Back when cheap Halloween party decor was a distant dream, people had to make their Halloween decorations the old-fashioned way: by getting creative and making it from bits and pieces they could find.
Welcome to your old-fashioned ghoul school, courtesy of the clever folks of 100 years ago.
Halloween decorations for walls and stairs
FOR a wall decoration on a stairway, black crépe paper honeycombed over orange looks well, and is easy to do. The tops of the newell posts are rounded by pieces of wire, and an owl is set in the midst of a lotus flower. The “witch in the woods” would make a fine background for a twin-witch fortune teller seated in the foreground.
A clever way to make a big cat for your Halloween decorations
WOULD you think that a huge cat’s head could be made by simply opening a big black umbrella and pasting eyes, nose, mouth, ears and whiskers up on it? Just look at the fireplace and see.
Vintage Halloween decorations for doorways
STARTLINGLY stunning, but graceful withal, is the doorway decoration. The pumpkin heads should all be the same size; the perspective of the photograph makes them appear here in assorted sizes. At the side of the doorway, stack corn shocks or bunches of tall grass.
Dress up the table with these cute themed Halloween decorations
FOR the decoration of the table, a Japanese umbrella is used as a foundation for the hanging centerpiece. The funny-faced lanterns are glass fish globes, and tiny red or blue light bulbs could be dropped into them. The place-card people have fortunes fastened to their backs.
How about adding a sheet ghost to your Halloween decorations?
THE ghost is a talking machine “all dressed up” with sheets. A ghost-story record produces a realistic effect, especially in a darkened room. Children will be delighted with record stories suitable to their years.
A cauldron full of punch
THIS mask is in place all the evening, when suddenly a girl wearing an orange-paper fringed skirt walks back of it, slips her head into the mask, ties the cape around her neck, and then steps through the fringed curtain into the room, leaving the doorway curtain intact. This new “stunt” makes a lot of fun. She may then serve “witches’ brew” (fruit punch) from the kettle.
Original article from 1919: The new Halloween frolics, by Elizabeth Bissell