Vintage Halloween Photos

May 14, 2011

With summer approaching, I have Halloween on the brain in a major way. I know what you’re thinking—um, Christine, when aren’t you thinking about Halloween? I know, it’s seldom. The reason why I’m thinking about it even more, though, is because summer is the season in which I design and produce my Flapper Girl Halloween line each year, and summer is approaching fast. I think about my Halloween line all year long while collecting elements along the way, and as always, I’m getting excited to start playing with materials and designing some awesome pieces for the 2011 collection!

To help spread the excitement, here is another round of awesome vintage Halloween photos I’ve spotted on eBay the past few months. Enjoy!

The witch on the right is so lovely. I adore that collar on her costume and the scalloped edge on the bottom of her dress!
Vintage Halloween CostumesCute kiddos. I particularly fancy the animal costume on the far right.
Vintage Halloween PartyYes! An awesome teen Halloween party! I love those decorations, and I want that pigtailed lass’ black cardigan.
Cool Old LadiesThree sassy old ladies hamming it up on Halloween. I love this photo because it looks like they are having a lot of fun eating snacks, smoking cigarettes and drinking highballs.
Creepy Old Halloween CostumesEach costume is creepier than the next!
Vintage Lady & DevilI don’t know what this photo was from, but isn’t it amazing? This auction ended during the week my computer died, so I was unable to bid on it. It sold for only $10.50 which kills me a little bit inside.
*sigh* This photo is so fucking amazing, it almost blows my mind up. It’s dated October 29, 1914! Beautiful. Stunning. Large Format. It sold for around $175.00. I envy whomever has this in their collection.
Scary Old Halloween CostumesCreepy costumes + a seriously kick-ass jack-o-lantern. What’s not to love?
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Halloween on the Brain

February 24, 2011

Well, it’s official—I’ve begun planning my 2011 Hallowe’en line. It all started when I found a batch of this fabric and couldn’t pass it up.

Then I found some lovely black cotton ruffle trim to pair it with, and some vintagey gold foil autumn leaf dresden die cuts to use in a garland with this gal I picked up last year. I’m excited—this is just the beginning, folks! I still have months of planning, hunting, and gathering to do before I get to work on my Halloween goodies over summer—but I’m off to a good start!

I’m also working on a Halloween-themed branding project at school that I’m extremely excited about, and I’ve been having so much fun pulling together tons of spooky, vintage inspiration for. I’ll be sure to post more about that project as I’m finishing it up in the coming weeks.

Another flame fueling the Halloween fire right now is my recent acquisition of this book—Haunted Air by Ossain Brown*. It is filled with Brown’s unforgettable collection of vintage Halloween photographs. The book is brilliant, beautiful and brimming with so much inspiration and that lovely, spooky punctum distinct to old Halloween photos that I adore so much.

And with all this gushing about Halloween, it’s time for another round of fantastic vintage photos I lusted after over on eBay over the past few months. Past collections can be found here, here, and here. Enjoy!

I like that little devil—perfect pose! The lime green shoelaces are a great little detail.
My favorite Halloween photos are those taken around the turn of the century. They’re always the perfect combination of beautiful and creepy. The black-cloaked figure in the back gives me shivers.
Wool coats & unsettling masks.
She doesn’t seem very scared.
I love the details on the little witch’s cape.
* of industrial experimental music group Coil fame.

Vintage Halloween Photos

October 7, 2010

I’m buried under a mountain of work and three crazy deadlines, but I’m coming up for some air to post another round of fantastic vintage photos from eBay, and to say that I hope to see you Sunday at the Portland Halloween Bazaar!

On to the goodness…

Retro Devil Halloween CostumeI usually prefer B&W photos, but I really dig this color one an adorable little devil who has some LL Cool J pants going on.
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Vintage Halloween Costumes ChidrenA great group of kids in costumes. Notice there are two kids dressed in the same Lady & the Tramp costume (second from left, and far right).
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Retro Jetsons Halloween CostumeI love this Jane Jetson costume!
P.S. Does that documentation hanging on the wall say: LOAFER’S LICENSE? Anyone know what that means? All it made me think of was this.
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Vintage Halloween Masks“Rawr!” So creepy, yet so cute.
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