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.