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Spooky stickers 16 vintage Halloween sticker sheets from the seventies and eighties

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Before individual stickers-by-the-yard became popular in the ’80s, Halloween stickers like these sheets were all the rage.

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)

Halloween stickers with Muppets-Hallmark-1982

Vintage Halloween stickers: Graveyard (1984)

Hallmark Halloween Stickers from 1984 featuring a cemetery with gravestones

Old Halloween stickers with adorable creatures and kids

Vintage Halloween stickers - Characters and sayings for trick or treat and costumes

Spooky stickers: Halloween sheets with cute little animals

Vintage Halloween stickers - Cute characters

’80s Halloween sticker sheets – signs and slogans (1984)

Vintage Halloween stickers from Hallmark - signs and slogans

Vintage Halloween sticker sheets with sweet monsters and animals

Vintage Halloween stickers - various characters pumpkins scarecrows

Disney’s Winnie the Pooh Vintage Halloween sticker sheet

Vintage Halloween stickers - Winnie the Pooh characters

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Retro Halloween sticker sheets from American Greetings: Cute characters in costume

Vintage Halloweens sheet - American Greetings characters

Vintage Halloween sticker sheets with Snoopy & the Peanuts characters

“He’s coming! The Great Pumpkin is coming!”

Vintage Halloween stickers - The Peanuts characters

Vintage Snoopy and Peanuts stickers sheets (70s and 80s)

Hallmark Halloween-stickers – characters in costume trick-or-treating (1984)

1984 Hallmark Halloween stickers - characters in costume

Vintage Halloween sticker sheets with silly bats

Vintage Halloween stickers - Fuzzy bats

Two ’80s Halloween sticker sheets with cool neon designs by Lisa Frank

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Vintage Halloween stickers - Lisa Frank

Vintage Halloween stickers - Lisa Frank

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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.

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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.

Vintage Halloween stickers - Rectangular character stickers

Along with old standbys like Milky Ways and M&Ms in the trick-or-treat bag, for instance, you’re likely to find more and more nonfood items like stickers, pencils, erasers and other small treats.

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…

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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.

Retro Halloween stickers - Sticker sheets 1980s

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.”

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Vintage Halloween sticker sheet - Watercolor animals

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