Looking back on past decades of Halloweens, things just seem more cheerful. There was more family fun, less gore, and a lot of really cute decorations. As always, we lovers of vintage desire to pluck out those moments of time and nestle them into our own lives. Today I’m going to show you some different ways to do just that!
Creating a Halloween theme with a vintage twist is easier that you might expect. One of the things that makes vintage items so unique is that mass production was a fraction of what it is today. Additionally, over time things are thrown away, broken, or altered, and become even more difficult to find. Seasonal decorations are certainly no exception. Before the broadened availability of products, many decorations were handmade. So what better way to create a vintage Halloween look, than to get those creative juices flowing?
Maybe you have some costumes and accessories, but you’re not into dressing up or had something else in mind. Use masks, hats, and wigs to dress up pumpkins instead. These simple plastic and cloth masks have a vintage look, even if they aren’t originals.
Speaking of pumpkins, if you’re not quite ready to grab that knife and carve out a face try grabbing a paint brush instead. These painted pumpkins make great accent pieces throughout the home and you can use a variety of colors and patterns.
These Halloween themed “noisemakers” were a popular children’s toy in the Twenties and Thirties. You can find some originals on websites like Etsy, but because they’re easy to recreate, it makes a wonderful craft for a children’s party (if you can stand the noise). For a quieter alternative, display them on a shelf or credenza.
One of my favorite ideas is using antique apothecary jars to display small items like spiders, or even better: candy! Set out two or three jars filled with different sweets to enjoy. For a little extra fun, you can apply printable faux vintage labels found here.
It wasn’t until recent decades that Halloween started encompassing pop culture icons and movie characters. Before Traditionally, superstitious folklore was the focus of the season. Many vintage decorations are adorned in black cats, witches and broomsticks. These items are not only festive, but also family friendly.
Finally, these cheesecloth spiderwebs are so simple, yet they bring so much drama to this room. Instead of buying cheap bagged faux spiderweb, opt for this DIY alternative. Clean up will be much easier too!
I could just keep going and going, but I think we’ve all had our share of Halloween decor inspiration for the year.
Written by TGH Domestic Design Expert: Adrienne Breedlove. You can also find Adrienne on her blog.