The Bogie Books give instructions galore for everything you need to host a successful Halloween party, midnight supper, card party, social, open house, dance, soiree or revels. I don't think there's a theme they haven't covered!
Every terrific Halloween party requires an intriguing invitation. Here's ours!
We've hung this crepe paper streamer all around her living room.
We'll keep the lights low but have set out plenty of lanterns to set just the right spooky mood.
and hats for those who did not wear a costume.
This crow is my favorite.
NOTES: Chicken corn is an early name for candy corn, which was invented in 1898. Red eye is a homemade whiskey popular with the Germans From Russia settlers in North Dakota. Many of the best early Halloween decorations were made in Germany, but of course their importation stopped when WWI broke out. Halloween paper goods were quite inexpensive back in the day, but now are extremely collectible and terribly expensive. A copy of the 1925 Dennison's Bogie Book (Bess' year!) recently sold for $160.00! I have taken poetic license and mixed vintage decorations from the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s. Shh, don't tell. I didn't check the actual weather for Halloween 1925 in North Dakota, but it was a Saturday and there really was a full moon that evening.
If you enjoyed this glimpse of vintage Halloween, you might want to check out this post I wrote last October. You may also enjoy scrolling through my other October 2007 posts to see the entries about vintage Halloween postcards.