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Vintage Halloween Paper Mache Decorations

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Vintage Papier Mache Lanterns and Decorations for Halloween

Paper mache lanterns and decorations were once a staple of the Halloween experience. Used also as candy containers, these painted paper items were cheap and very popular. Many of them were manufactured in Germany after WWI and important to America, much to the delight of millions of children.

One thing I really love about vintage Halloween paper mache decorations, and a fact that makes them highly collectible, is that they were not made to last for eighty years. They were made cheap, and meant to last just one season. The fact that any have lasted the course of time and the elements is remarkable.

Photo by deadguystuff used with permission

Vintage Table Centerpiece with Paper Mache Jack-o-Lanterns

This festive table centerpiece is from a 1903 edition of Good Housekeeping.

It features a large pumpkin carved like a basked surrounded by small paper mache jack-o-lanterns, and bunches of chrysanthemums.

Read about what's in the basket.

Vintage Black Cat Paper Mache

Vintage Halloween imagery often includes a cat (most often a black cat). With the superstitious of a black cat crossing your path being bad luck, and the black cat being thought to be a witch's familiar, it is obvious why this would be a Halloween favorite.

The Black Cat on a Fence paper mache piece below was a very popular one. I just love how the paper insert gives the cat the evil green eyes, and the menacing teeth. Can you imagine how scary he must have been for little kids?

Black cat photos by swissfin37 used with permission

What do YOU have?

Antique Halloween Devil Paper Mache

Antique Halloween Devil Paper Mache

Antique Halloween Devil Paper Mache

Paper mache lanterns featuring devils are much more rare than pumpkins and black cats, and often they are older.

How to Make a Paper Mache Pumpkin or Jack 'O Lantern

If you love that old paper mache style, but don't have it in the budget to buy a vintage piece, then why not try your hand at making one of your own?

Check Out: Halloween Paper Mache Decorations and Props

Vintage Halloween Collectibles: An Identification & Price Guide

This book is the go-to book for Halloween collectibles. If you are beginning a collection or trying to value the Halloween memorabilia you already have, this book is a must have.

Vintage Halloween Noisemakers & Diecuts

That vintage Halloween style is just amazing, itsn't it? Some other great idea for Halloween decorations is to display some vintage Halloween noisemakers and diecuts, which usually feature some amazing images.

The Marketing of Paper Mache Lanterns and Other Halloween Merchandise

  • Hallowe'en Goods on the Front
    The National Druggist - September 1921 Read about how drug stores decorated Halloween window displays featuring papier mache pumpkins.


Rose Jones on December 07, 2012:

These paper mache decorations are AWESOME! If I started a collection - this would be it. Thanks for featuring the other lensmaster lens on how to make your own. I will probably buy a few and make a few. Blessed!

K Bechand from NY on October 06, 2012:

I remember some fall decorations we had as a kid - not sure if halloween, I think more fall / thanksgiving - Pumpkin etc...

Yvonne L B from Covington, LA on October 04, 2012:

Oh, I really like these. I've never seen them before. Maybe humidity and hurricanes are the reason as I live in Louisiana.

kburns421 lm on October 01, 2012:

How interesting. I learn something new every day! I wonder why it is they lasted so long. At any rate, they make wonderful decorations.

EEWorkouts on September 30, 2012:

Those are really cool. Great lens! Happy Halloween

flycatcherrr on September 30, 2012:

These are wonderful, and very effective Halloween decorations compared to a lot of modern ones. I really like the texture of papier mache.

Deadicated LM on September 30, 2012:

I really love Vintage Halloween, especially the Papier Mache Lanterns, I actually try to make my own cause buying one just isn't in the budget these days. Very cool Lens 8-)

Ardyn25 on September 30, 2012:

These are cool, I've never seen them before. Paper mache isn't easy to do, especially with detail. At least I never could! Very interesting lens. Thanks.

ninakreativa on September 30, 2012:

Amazing lens, representing really artistic skills of making vintage Halloween paper mache.

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