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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.
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  • Halloween Party Decoration
  • Party Invitations
  • Costumes
  • Table Decorations
  • Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas

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

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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.
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