Four House Halloween Party

The guests all come masked to the first house;

Pumpkin-Face Inn, where they are given a small bag of buttered popcorn and four soda crackers.Here everyone has to go through the Ghost Test – eat the four crackers and then whistle. The first successful person is given a lollipop.

The party proceeds to the second place, the Haunted House, which is completely dark.

The leader raps on the door; a ghost opens and instructs the guests to form a lock-step line and to follow. Amid shrieks and groans they are led about through the house and finally into a dim lit room, where the ghost tells a Ghost Story. The Autopsy is performed here.
As they leave, the guests may be given apples.

At the Witch’s Cavern, the next stop, an old Witch holds forth, having a cauldron full of cookies and fortunes. There are also two or three fortune telling games such as Shooting for Luck and Pumpkin Seed Fortunes.

The Hideout is the name of the fourth house. Here the first game is Harvest, and the winning team gets a bag of candy kisses. Other games that may be used: Apple Initials, Feed the Goblin, Cat Scram, Cat on the Back Fence.

House-To-House Halloween Party Idea

For many years groups of parents have worked together to give their children progressive or house-to-house parties.  They have met with such great success that we’ve been collecting definite ideas for these functions.

The great advantage of a progressive party is that it enables the youngsters to be out-of-doors part of the time, and provides active exercise that fulfills youthful
yearnings for a rip-roaring good time.

Adult “ghosts” should accompany the group on each excursion.

People in the same neighborhood can get together and plan the programs that will take place in each house. If six families join forces they might share the expenses
and plan their party this way :

House No.1.

Have an active game which will thoroughly break the ice, such as Tagging the Black Cat’s Tail or Circus.
Each child gets a hat and mask to wear during the evening.

House No.2.

Give the children marshmallows, gumdrops and toothpicks, to make decorative Hallowe’en favors. The most attractive favors win a prize.

House No.3.

Guests bob for apples, play Hallowe’en Ten Pins and Peanut in the Pumpkin.

House No.4.

Another game, perhaps Torch-bearers or Black Cat and Bat, played in the yard until the main dish of the menu is ready to be served.

House No.5.

Dessert here and a good Fortune game.

House No.6.

End the party with the presentation of the favors; have each child tell a five-minute ghost story, and serve Goblin Punch. The evening, both for the
children and you, will be a complete success..

Be sure to have a good supply of prizes for the games, and award all the prizes at the last house.

Suggestions for a Fun Children's Halloween Party

The most thrilling kind of decoration you can provide is Jack-o’lanterns, and a liberal use of small prizes and favors will add much to the success of the entertainment.

Games should be of the active sort.

By all means have the traditional apple ducking and bobbing.

“Six mothers and fathers got together, each furnishing an equal share for the following inexpensive party.
“Invitations: Jack-o’-lanterns cut from orange paper.

“Receiving of guests: Each child is given a mask when he arrives.

“Entertainment: The room, from which all the furniture has. been removed, is decorated with cornstalks, leaves and Jacko’-lanterns. Shadow ,pictures are put on
by the parents, and ghost stories are told.

The children play Charades, bob for apples, duck for apples, and each child gives a stunt.

Prizes are given for these last three games.

“Refreshments: Popcorn, cider,’ sandwiches, pickles and individual pumpkin pies.

“Departure: Each child is given a little five-cent gift by a ghost, who bids him good-bye at the door.”

A Good Deed Halloween Prank (1940's)

A twelve-year-old girl planned this party for her friends, a group of boys and girls, so that the novel theme was a surprise even to her mother.

In each invitation she asked the guests to bring oranges, apples, candies and canned goods for a mysterious purpose.

The children spent an enjoyable evening playing games, giving stunts, and telling ghost stories. Finally Jane asked their approval of this plan :

Would they like to proceed with masks and Jack-o’lanterns to the home of a needy family and leave their boxes of food on the porch as a new kind of Hallowe’en prank? The boys and girls were delighted, and with Jane’s father as helper brought the food to the house, knocked on the door, and ran to hiding places to watch.
They saw the door open and the mother step out to look at the boxes. Soon the little children gathered around to exclaim over the good things left’ for them. When
the family was safely inside, Jane and her band of goblins turned happily homeward, ready for refreshments and certain that this was the best Hallowe’en fun they had ever had.

A Halloween Romance – Story Party Game (1940's)

Assign to each of eight people one of the following characters. Whenever one’s character is mentioned in the story, he is supposed to repeat the sounds here given.

The story-teller should pause a moment after the mention of a character in the reading.

At the end of the story, all perform in unison.

1. Sweet Young Thing: “Tee-hee-hee.”

2. Strong Young Chap: Sings a bar of “Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life.”

3. Canary in the Cage: “T w i t t e r. twitter.”

4. Cat on the Hearth: “Prrow.”

5. Dark and Stormy Night: “Hoo-oo-oo.”

6. Dying Dog: “Ki-yi.”

7. Cruel Old Father: “Gr-humph.”

8. Gray Ghost: “O-o-oh.”

Once upon a time a sweet young thing was in love with a strong young chap. But she had a cruel old father who opposed their marriage.

One Hallowe’en night the sweet young thing was sitting in her parlor, with the canary warbling in the cage and the cat dozing on the hearth. It was a dark and stormy night. Hearing a strange noise outside, the sweet young thing went to the door. There in the yard lay a. poor, dying dog.

“Oh,” said the sweet young thing, “I will bring him in where it is warm and will give him something to eat.”

“No, you don’t,” growled her cruel, old father, appearing at just that moment. “Let dying dogs lie.” And he compelled the sweet young thing to return to the parlor with the canary in ,the cage and the cat on the hearth. Through the chimney she could hear the howl of the wind on this dark and stormy night. Suddenly there came a knock at the door, and the strong young chap entered.

“I have come to take you to marry me,” cried the strong young chap.

“Goody-goody,” laughed the sweet young thing.

“No, you don’t,” growled her cruel old father. “You can’t marry my daughter. Get out.”

And the sweet young thing began to weep. And so did the canary in the cage, and the cat on the hearth, and the dying
dog outside.

“Oh, what shall I do?” cried the sweet young thing. At that instant the lights went out, and down the chimney came the gray ghost.

“I’m going to get you,” the gray ghost whispered, Hoating toward the cruel old father.

“Help-oh, don’t-” screamed the cruel old father as the gray ghost touched him, and he sat down and behaved himself.

“At last you’re mine,” the strong young chap cried joyfully.

And then the sweet young thing, and the strong young chap, and the cruel old father, and the canary in the cage, and the cat on the hearth, and the dark and stormy night, and the dying dog, and the gray ghost, all of them together laughed and laughed and laughed.

Homemade Tally Cards or Score Cards (1920's)

Tally or Score Cards for Halloween, Tally Cards or Score Cards are used during a Halloween Party to record the winner of each game or stunt.

You can easily make them with gummed seals, stickers or cut-outs and perhaps an artistic touch with a brush or marker.

Seal H 639 decorates a tally card in the drawing and two stuck together hold the tiny pencil in place.

Seal H 653 is also used for a score card in the illustration.

The pencil is transformed into a broom with a witch astride using some crepe paper, gummed seals H 641 and H 653.

This Halloween Tally Card Idea is from the1923 Dennison’s Bogie Book. Get your own Digital Edition of this vintage Halloween book by CLICKING HERE.


Homemade Witch Halloween Invitation Idea (1920's)

Witch Invitation to Make invitations may be purchased ready to fill in the name and date, but with very little work something quite out of the ordinary can be made.

To make a unique Homemade Witch Halloween Invitation follow these steps:

  • Witch Cut-out H 78 is cut following the line of the cape.
  • A sheet of plain paper is pasted to the skirt and cut out following the outline of the head and cape.
  • All are fastened together again with a tiny paper fastener.
  • The invitation is written on the white paper.

This method of creating a homemade Halloween invitation can be easily adapted to a number of Halloween Cut-outs.

This Halloween Invitation Idea is from the 1923 Dennison’s Bogie Book.

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Fortune Telling With Walnut Shells (1910's)

This Halloween Fortune Telling Game and MANY others can be found in the following book available from

Games For Hallowe’en

by Mary E. Blain

  • Open English walnuts
  • remove meat
  • in each half shell fasten short pieces of differently colored Christmas candles
    • each of which is to be named for a member of party
  • These nut-shell boats may also be made by pouring melted wax into halves of walnut-shells in which are short strings for wicks.
  • after lighting, set afloat in large pan or tub of water

The behavior of these tiny boats reveals future of those for whom they are named.

  • If two glide on together, their owners have a similar destiny
  • if they glide apart, so will their owners.
  • Sometimes candles will huddle together as if talking to one another, while perchance one will be left alone, out in the cold, as it were.
    • Again, two will start off and all the rest will closely follow.
  • The one whose candle first goes out is destined to be old bachelor or maid.

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


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Vintage Halloween Favors – 7 Favors to Make (1920's)

7 Halloween Favors To Make

Note: all of these favors were made using Dennison Manufacturing supplies from the 1920’s as seen in Dennison’s Bogie Book from 1925.  Modern day substitutes can be found.

All of the Halloween Party Favors and novelties illustrated here can be easily and inexpensively fashioned with the help of the stock goods that are described on pages 30 and 31.  In many cases they are combined with inexpensive toys or packaged candy.

Cat Balloon Favor (no.1)

Cut out the mouth of an H 98 Cut-out and draw a rubber balloon through the opening.  Glue another cat’s head to the back of the first one with the wooden mouthpiece between them.

Ghostly Prize Favor (no. 2)

Make a ball of white crepe paper for the head, fastening it with wire to the top of a paper bag filled with popcorn or candy.  Wrap this wire with white crepe paper before fastening it in place and make it long enough to form arms.  Tie a piece of white crepe paper around the neck, for the skirt, and add a circular piece for the cape.  Draw the ghostly features with India ink.

Witch Pencil Favor (no. 3)

Cut a piece of No. 71 Light Brown Crepe Paper with the grain into a fine fringe.  Wrap it around the end of a brown pencil and fasten it with fine wire.  Glue two Witch Cut-outs H 37 back to back, with the “broom” between them, first cutting off the cardboard broom.

Cat Score Card (no. 4)

Paste a white correspondence card to a piece of orange mat stock a little larger than the white card. Add a circular piece of black mat stock and then a square piece of orange.  Fasten an H 683 Silhouette to the center and then make a neck-tie of a bit of white paper, lettering it as shown.

Black Cat Charm Favor (no. 5)

A loop of wire is fastened between two H 586 Silhouettes and the whole smoothly covered with black sealing wax.  A bit of Green Bronze Wax is used for the eyes.  A loop of green tinsel ribbon, long enough so that the “charm” may be worn around the neck, completes it.

Cat Bag Favor (no. 6)

Make a small bag of orange crepe paper with drawstrings at the top and paste a Cut-out H 111 to the side.  A bag like this may be the container in which to present almost any small prize.

Witch Horn Favor (no.7)

Orange and black crepe paper cut in a fringe is attached to a small horn and a Witch Cut-out H 112 is fastened in place so that the mouthpiece of the horn comes at the peak of the hat. It will be more attractive if the horn itself is first covered with orange crepe paper.

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