Decorating Your Home For a Halloween Party (1920's)

Fabulous Halloween Decorating Ideas from the 1920's!This is from the 1925 Dennison Bogie Book.
When your guests arrive the door should swing open apparently unaided and the hall should be entirely dark except for a few very faint green lights that may be followed to the dressing rooms.

If your guests are not in costume, the hostess, dressed as a witch, should give each one a hat, a necktie or some other dress accessory to wear.  Two should be alike, or they may be numbered in duplicate and later matched for the first dance or game.

Decorate the living rooms with vivid orange and black.  The doorway, windows, chandelier and fireplace can all be effectively “dressed up”.The doorway shown will give any timid guest a thrill as she tries to enter the room without encountering the dangling spider.

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To copy it, fasten natural branches above the door frame and suspend orange, yellow and black crepe paper moss from them, allowing it to hang very irregularly.  Make the spider of black crepe paper and wire and suspend it by fine elastic.  The web is made of string or crepe paper rope.  Attach strips of Crepe Paper Border H 6 to the sides of the door frame and place Cut-outs H 70 and H 71 (cat and owl)above the branches.

Pumpkin Cut-outs H 96, H 105 and H 73 attached to varying lengths of No. 2 Orange Streamers, may be quickly pinned in place right over the regular draperies at the windows.

The chandelier sheds a weird glow over the whole room through the long orange crepe paper fringe that surrounds it.  Strips of Border H8 radiate from the ceiling to the edge of the shade.  The border around the top of the shade is H7.  Heavy wires or light flag sticks are placed across the top of the shade and No. 3 Orange Streamers are looped irregularly on them.

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You can usually find many Vintage Dennison Halloween decorations on Ebay like those here:

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The above is from the 1925 Dennison’s Bogie Book (13th edition) – get your own digital edition HERE.
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