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Halloween Party Ideas from the 1920’s

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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.

 

Vintage Halloween Decorating Ideas from 1919 found at www.VintageInfo.net

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: Read more

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 Read more

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.

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