They were often sold at drugstores, supermarkets and Hallmark stores in packages with 4 identical sheets, each one usually having at least 9 die-cut stickers you could peel from a waxy paper backing and stick on your binder or lunch bag.
Here’s a look back down (a sometimes spooky) old memory lane!
Vintage Halloween stickers: Muppets/Sesame Street characters (1982)
Vintage Halloween stickers: Graveyard (1984)
Old Halloween stickers with adorable creatures and kids
Spooky stickers: Halloween sheets with cute little animals
’80s Halloween sticker sheets – signs and slogans (1984)
Vintage Halloween sticker sheets with sweet monsters and animals
Disney’s Winnie the Pooh Vintage Halloween sticker sheet
Retro Halloween sticker sheets from American Greetings: Cute characters in costume
Vintage Halloween sticker sheets with Snoopy & the Peanuts characters
“He’s coming! The Great Pumpkin is coming!”
Hallmark Halloween-stickers – characters in costume trick-or-treating (1984)
Vintage Halloween sticker sheets with silly bats
Two ’80s Halloween sticker sheets with cool neon designs by Lisa Frank
Vintage Halloween sticker sheets with a cute kitten’s fall adventures
Trick or treat? Halloween sticker sheets and individual stickers becoming a popular replacement for candy
Adapted from an article by Caroline Beyrau – Courier-News (Bridgewater, NJ) October 24, 1984
Halloween used to be a simple affair. Kids would dress up like witches or bums or ghosts or some such, grab a big bag or sack and canvas neighborhoods for as much candy as they could carry.
Sampling much of their loot along the way, they would eventually come home exhausted and sort through the gumballs, candy bars and lollipops that comprised their sweet Halloween haul.
Today, the youngsters still don all kinds of costumes and hope for loads of candy. But when it comes to trick-or-treating this year, some of the rules have changed.
While Halloween trick-or-treating has bounced back from the low point in 1982, when incidents of poisoned Tylenol capsules and subsequent reports of other tainted consumer products caused many parents to keep their children at home, the scare does seem to have left its mark on Halloween practices.
They’re usually gifts from grown-ups who want to ensure that their Halloween treats are safe from contamination. Others, meanwhile, are concerned with nutrition and prefer to avoid sugar-laden candy…
Central Jersey stores report increased sales of stickers, pencils and other small toys this Halloween season, with some merchants, like Loree’s Drug Store on Main Street in Bound Brook, meeting consumer demand by ordering more nonfood items this year.
At Loree’s, Halloween stickers of cats, goblins, pumpkins and other characters new items for the store this year – are selling at a brisk pace, according to front store manager Bobi Smith. “The kids are hot on stickers these days anyway,” she said.
The stickers, which are tagged “safe and sugarless,” have their own display in the front of the store, Smith said. Other stores, like Jamesway in Flemington and Branchburg Pharmacy, also report strong Halloween sticker sales.
Home economists like Kiser consider such sales to be a good idea. “It solves the problems of nutritionists, and it solves the problem of people concerned with tainted foods,” she said. “I think it is a dynamite idea.
At Woolworth’s on Main Street in Somerville, meanwhile, the traditional sales of candy are being joined this year by sales of packages of peanuts and crackers, according to store manager Stan Pearson.
This is the first year that the store has made those items part of their Halloween candy display, Pearson said, adding that they “seem to be moving pretty well.”