Halloween Tambourines – Collectibles

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Halloween Tambourines are popular noisemaker type collectibles.I personally like that they aren’t quite as loud/annoying as your standard noisemakers.

Most of the vintage ones I’ve seen are made of metal.

Check out some neat vintage Halloween Tambourines to the right.

Can You ID This Skeleton?

I received an e-mail from a researcher the other day and he could use your help.

Here is his e-mail:

I am wondering if you can help solve an old mystery.  Do you recognize this old paper Halloween skeleton:

It appeared inside a Halloween card in 1970, so the skeleton is probably only 3 or 4 inches in size. It looks like an pre-made die cut paper product. I suppose it could also be a sticker, or cut out by hand from a greeting card or some other source.


Can You ID the Skeleton Pictured Above?


A similar die-cut skeleton was made by Dennison in the 60s:

Dancing Skeleton


So….can you help out this researcher?  If so, please post your response below in the “Leave Reply /  Comments” area.

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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Ducking for Apples

Here is a different twist on the classic Halloween Game “Dunking for Apples”.

This does not involve any water.

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If you are so unfortunate as to lack a wash tub, use a chair, or better still a stool.

A stemless apple should be placed in the center and a boy and a girl, each with hands tied tightly behind them, should, with their teeth, try to capture the apple.

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Halloween Pumpkin Exchange Game

Vintage Pumpkin with Top Hat
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For older children, Pumpkin Exchange is a good starter, because it gives the guests a chance to mingle with one another.

Seven orange colored cardboard pumpkins are required for each guest. You may purchase them already printed, or, if you prefer, you may cut them out yourself. One letter P-U-M-P-K-I-N should be printed on each pumpkin.

The pumpkins should be shuffled and dealt into as many piles of
seven as there are guests. Each seven should be placed in an envelope. Put the envelopes in a hollowed out pumpkin and, when all the guests have arrived, allow each one to select
one envelope.

Explain that the object of the game is to collect seven pumpkins that will spell the word “Pumpkin.” To accomplish this, it will be necessary to exchange undesirable letters for others. Only one letter may be exchanged at a time, and if a person is asked for a letter that he cannot supply he may not be asked for another, but the questioner must go to someone else to try his luck.

The first person who gets the complete word should announce the fact and should receive a small prize. The last two to complete their words may receive some sort of consolation prizes.

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Easy Imp Costume To Make

Easy Imp or Devil Costume to MakeIf you have not asked your guests to come in Hallowe’en costume, start off your party by presenting each guest with some sort of simple costume and cap. You can slap them together in no time if you use some of the designs of crepe paper printed in Hallowe’en patterns. They will add so much to the enjoyment of your guests that you will be more than repaid for your efforts.

Costumes that are called “slip-over” will answer beautifully if you must make enough costumes for the whole crowd. You
can make two from one fold of crepe paper, and it will not take more than ten or fifteen minutes to make one, so the  expenditure of either time or money will be negligible. A .
piece of crepe paper twice the length from shoulder to the waist line or below, with an oval piece cut out for the neck, is the foundation.  To it you may fasten two extra gathered pieces for the skirt, a bit of fringed paper on either side for trimming, or the slip-over may be perfectly plain and held in place with a crepe paper sash.

For the boys, slip-over jumpers may be made, or some simple
ruffles that may be tied around neck and wrists to form imps’ costumes.

Before making the Imp Costume you may want to read the Basic Instructions for Making Crepe Paper Costumes and How To Make Slip-Over Costumes at our other site – www.CrepePaperCrafts.com