Halloween Party Ideas from the 1920's


Hallowe’en is a splendid time for giving a party. In ancient times huge bonfires were built on the top of hills to proclaim that mystic and sacred rites were being performed by which to ward off evil spirits that were supposed to be on mischief bent on this day. So why not have an outdoor fete with a picnic supper cooked over the coals? A bonfire with fagots (a bundle of sticks, twigs, or branches bound together and used as fuel, a fascine, a torch, etc.) for each to burn during the telling of a ghost story would be one rite to be performed. If this is not practical, the idea could be carried out around an open fireplace nerves a gas log its an apartment.

Of course, Jack o’Lanterns are the decoration most appropriate, and made of real pumpkins they are a never failing delight. If the real article is too costly, very good substitutes rnay be found at the favor counter. Candles make the best light and are a very attractive feature placed on mantels, bookcases and wherever they will stand. Vegetable candlesticks should be used. Carrot, turnips, potatoes and tiny squash lend themselves for this purpose and make delightful spots of color. The guests may pop corn, or large bowls filled with it ready popped may be placed on tables conveniently placed, with baskets of apples and chestnuts for roasting. For a party consisting of just twelve guests one hostess prepared twelve little sacks of yellow satin tied with black ribbon, since yellow and black have long been the favorite colors for Hallowe’en.

…yellow and black have long been the favorite colors for Hallowe’en.

Inside each bag was a strip of paper bearing an individual charm for each guest. They were told that the bags had been blessed by Titania, queen of the fairies, and her blessing would serve to keep off the witches for a year. I am printing these charmed talismans for you as they may be written and concealed in a mystery cake if you wish to use them that way:

  • “Keep this charm next your heart; it will bring you a friend in need.”
  • “This charm in your right shoe morn, will help your troubles to be borne.”
  • “Kept in your left-hand pocket, this charm will bring surprises.”
  • ‘”Hidden in your favorite book, pleasant memories around will look.”
  • “Gaze on this charm in the morning, it will bring you much adoring.”
  • “Worn in your glove this token, will bring words kindly spoken.”
  • “Toss this charm around you three times, it will ensure good luck.”
  • “This charm held to your eyes, will reveal only sunny skies.”
  • “Seven nights held to your ears, ’twill insure you length of years.”
  • “Placed on the back of your left hand, ’twill summon all the fairy band.”
  • “Bind this charm on the first oak you see, and you will happily wedded be.”
  • “Carry this charm in your purse and it will never be empty.”

That everybody who attends a Hallowe’en party should be en masque goes almost without saying. While the art of applying colors to the face to form subtle lines of light and shade or to disguise the features by bringing out this characteristic or lessening that is known and practiced by some, others prefer quicker and less troublesome methods of keeping their identity a secret. For these the knocked-out tooth and the putty nose offer the easiest way out.

“Knocking out” one or more teeth, as the process is technically known, is very easy indeed. Black court-plaster is cut to a size to cover the tooth to be removed, applied—and the trick is done. Plastic putty may be used to  build out the nose and false lashes may be bought and fastened on to change the look of the eyes.

Crepe paper can be used as the basis for a large number of costumes, such as the rose, carrot, butterfly, Jack Frost, gypsies, colonial girl, patriotic characters and various animals or flowers. The crepe paper can be obtained at slight expense in all colors and can be used with any pattern made for cloth; special patterns for crepe-paper costumes can also be obtained, with full directions and with suggestions for color combinations.


Halloween Party Decorating Ideas from 1919

Vintage Halloween Decorating Ideas from 1919 found at www.VintageInfo.netFor the decoration of the table a Japanese umbrella is used as a foundation for the hanging centerpiece. The funny-faced lanterns are glass fish globes, and tiny red or blue light bulbs could be dropped into them. The place-card people have fortunes fastened to their backs.

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Putting Together The Witch's Cat

This is a cute twist on Pin the Tail on the Donkey.

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Making a black cat may be the next stunt/game for your Halloween Party.

A large black cardboard cat is cut into as many pieces as there are players.

Each child is given a piece and one by one, as they are blindfolded, they try to pin the pieces of the cat in correct position on a sheet or curtain.

If the party is a large one, there may be two teams, and the team that succeeds in putting together the most anatomically correct cat is the winner.

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Skeleton Hand Invitation to Make

Skeleton Hand Halloween Party Invitation

How To Make the Skeleton Hand Halloween Invitation

The Skeleton Hand Invitations are easy to make.  Lay your hand down on a sheet of writing paper so that the wrist comes diagonally across the fold at the lower left-hand corner.  Spread out your fingers and trace around them.  Cut out, following the pencil lines, being careful to keep the folded sheet from slipping.  Outline the bones of the hand with water-color paint.  Print the invitation on the inside of the folder.

How To Deliver the Halloween Party Invitation

The invitations should be delivered in a mysterious fashion.  On a dark night some week or more before Halloween, a dull thud on the front door will bring the occupants out with haste to discover what caused the scary sound.  A large white skeleton hand will be found lying on the door step.

Hootin' Halloween Party Idea (1920's)

Shall we have a party for Halloween? That is no question in the average school. It is a foregone conclu­sion. The one and only problem left is: “Just what kind of party shall we have?” Let us suggest a party for all the wise owls of the rising generation. The invitations might read as follows: Continue reading “Hootin' Halloween Party Idea (1920's)”

Seance for a Halloween Party (1920's)

A Mock Seance as the Dramatic Climax to the Halloween Party

Remember when you were a young­ster how your hair rose on end and chills raced up and down your spine as, spellbound, you listened to the tale of the window that slowly opened and the door that wouldn’t stay shut? Well, don’t think, for one minute, that you’ve outgrown that hair-raising game of arctic spinal tag – as long as there is hair to rise, ghost stories will raise it.

As a dramatic climax to the Halloween party, stage a seance with grim visitors from beyond the grave; it’s a thrill you can’t forget. Explain to the guests that you have engaged the services of a professional medium – Madame Sostill, who will answer all questions about the past and future.

The seance, of course, is a fake. It is merely a blind to start the telling of an uncanny ghost story; but it adds a bit of plausible reality to the tale and brings the guests into the spirit of the thing.

The medium has two confederates (colleagues) that Continue reading “Seance for a Halloween Party (1920's)”

Halloween Bridge Party Idea (1920's)

On Halloween the unexpected is ex­pected, if you know what I mean, and even the most rabid of bridge fans enjoys a bit of levity sandwiched in between his rule­ bound bids; so plan a different stunt for each table.

Label the first table “Bloody Hands.” Here the guests must play their cards wear­ ing gardening gloves, the clumsy cotton kind that make your fingers feel as free as a bird in a cage. You can purchase the gloves at the ten cent store and make them “bloody” by spattering them with red ink.

Call table two “The Ghost Meet.” No one may speak a word at this sepulchral spot; all bidding being done by pantomime. He who breaks the ghost-like silence must give five points of his score to each of his opponents.

Let table three be known as “Blind Fate.” At this table all bids are made blindly, before the cards are dealt.

Name table four”The Continue reading “Halloween Bridge Party Idea (1920's)”

Fortune Telling Verses (1920's)

Fortunes in verse form can be used in many fun-producing ways at a Halloween party. Here are a number that the hostess can use as best meets her requirements to foretell the destiny other guests.

Keep in mind, these “fortunes” were first published in the 1920’s.  They reflect the views of the sexes at that time.

Fortunes for Boys

West Point you will take by storm-
You look so well in uniform!

Annapolis will be your fate-
You’ll wear a middie at any rate!

You’ll be a very modern sheik-
But do not let your knees get weak!

Some “Gentlemen prefer a blond”
Of them you, too, are very fond!

A man of business you will be­
You’ll make a fortune eas~ily!

As engineer you’ll climb to fame­
All the world will know your name!

You’ll marrya girl bythe name of Kate-
For the wedding day it’s hard to wait!

You’ll be a preacher fearless and bold­
And put Billy Sunday out in the cold!

A chauffeur-that’s the thing for you­
But be a careful driver, do!

A chain of stores is in your eyes-
Your profits will to mountains rise!

Athletics-that’s where you will shine­
Another Babe Ruth may be in line!

Boxing-that’s the thing for you-
But I wouldn’t tryDempseyif I were you!

Fortunes for Girls

A handsome prince with eyes of blue
Is coming straight from France to you!

I see what is in store for you-
A pretty tea room comes in view!

A beauty parlor you will run-
Making curls is lots of fun!

You’ll be happy, I surely know­
With hubby in a bungalow!

You’ll have a husband you can rule­
But do not let him know-the fool!

You’ll have a husband you adore-
And he will love you more and more!

Just act dumb and cry and whine-
For husbands love a “clinging vine”!

You’ll marry a man with eyes of brown,
And he is right within this town!

“Stay,stay at home, dear heart, and rest,” Longfellow said-
and he knows best!

You’ll find your happiness right at home,
No need around the world to roam!

A few old maids the world still needs­
You’ll find your happiness in good deeds!

A masculine girl the men alarm-
So keep your own sweet feminine charm!

Fortunes for Both Boys & Girls

In the movies you will go-
I trust you will not find it slow!

You’ll be a student somber and sad­
Cheer up-the world is not so bad!

You’ll be a leader in your gang-
One does not hear a thing but slang!

A fortune will be left to you-
Take care of it whate’er you do!

You’ll be an aviator bold-
Your stunts will make one’s blood run cold!

I think you’ll be an acrobat-
Unless you take on too much fat!

Around the world your voice will go,
Announcing for the radio!

A singer-your voice is like a bird­
And over the radio will be heard!

As an editor you will shine-
So much money for every line!

Your married Iife will happy be-
With handsome children, one, two, three!

A pair of twins will be your joy-
A little girl and a little boy!

You only like to spoon and spoon­
Sitting out beneath the moon!

Halloween Murder Mystery Party

A Halloween Murder Mystery That May Stir Your Usually Law-Abiding Community

This is a murderous age! To be success­ful, the modern novelist knows he must first kill his man and then find the murderer. “Oh,” shivers the sweet young thing at your bridge party, “I’ve just finished the sweetest murder! By I. O. Dyne, you know, who did ‘The Double Killing on the Roof.’ I haven’t slept a wink for nights. This ace of spades makes me positively quake. For that’s how they found the body, you know! Somebody saw the gardener carrying a spade-oh, it was ghastly-” and so on to the lurid end.

And if it isn’t a murder mystery book, then it’s a murder movie. In short, it has become a social error not to know who killed Cock Robin, and no hostess can hope to be the life of the party unless she is an adept at murder­ing by proxy.

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Goblin Halloween Party (1940s)

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On Hallowe’en the goblins and elves come out of their homes to play and dance among the toadstools.

Toadstools and goblins provide a good motif for a children’s party. The toadstools consist of orange balloons “growing” on long stems of pale green crepe paper. These may be pinned to the walls at various heights or thumb-tacked to the floor. A few leaves and tree branches add to the decorative scheme.

Use one of the inner doorways as the entrance to the Goblin’s Cave, made of blankets stretched across chairs, where a gnome tells fortunes.

Have a Goblin’s Relay. Play Harvest, Autumn Leaves, Doughnut Puncture, and Hallowe’en Ten Pins.
Your final game might be Toadstool Scramble in which there is a grand rush for all the balloon toadstools you have for

You’ll find some good things to gobble at your Goblin Party by looking through our recipes.

Furnish plenty of small prizes for all winners.