Vintage Halloween decorations can be spooky, funny, or outright terrifying.
But they are also a surefire way to bring a bit of variety to this year’s Halloween.
This list includes tons of decorations inspired by old photos and postcards that celebrate Halloween. Some items even include a reference to the vintage image that has inspired it.
And if you want even more spook in your life (and home) you can head over to this post for Halloween decorations you can use all year long. Or this post for Halloween enthusiasts that want some ideas for apartment decorations.
But enough of talking, let’s get crackalackin’.
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There are some pumpkin pokes that are simple and cute. And then there are these boys – old-fashioned, creepy and absolutely awesome.
Decorations like these take you to the olden days when Halloween costumes and ornaments were simpler. And, consequently, scarier.
You can use them as intended and stab your pumpkin with them. On the other hand, you can pair them with fall decorations in a vase, centerpiece bowl, or a jar. Whatever you decide, these vintage pumpkin pokes are bound to bring a dash of good ol’ spookiness to the table.
Bats wall stickers
Another representatives of the Halloween animal kingdom, bats are a must-have piece of your vintage decor.
This 28-pack of 3D wall stickers contains bats in a variety of sizes. You can stick them on walls and even windows (indoors).
There are tons of cool ideas you can realize with these spooky guys. Just see the picture below where they’re escaping a haunted dollhouse. Creepy. But awesome.
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The papier-mache pumpkin you can see above comes straight from the 1930s. Unlike the modern Jack O’ Lanterns, this one has much more human-like features. This, combined with the signs of wear and tear, somehow makes it scarier.
In the same way, this blue-eyed gentleman comes from the past. The 1980s to be exact.
His smile says ‘hello’, his eyes scream ‘murder’. Fun and scary – a perfect Halloween combination.
Now, this is a vintage gas canister upcycled into a rustic Jack O’ Lantern. For the best look, you can fill its insides with battery-powered string lights or LED candles.
This shop turns all kind of stuff into Halloween decorations, from old buckets to vintage fire extinguishers. You can check them out here.
A crow is one of the many animals that have become an integral part of Halloween decor. As a result, crows regularly appeared in vintage Halloween decorations and postcards.
So it’s only logical that these smart birds have a dedicated spot on this list.
Make sure to include these prop crows into your decorating spree. These come in a 3-pack and boast a surprisingly realistic look. You can place them on pieces of furniture or balcony railings using bendable wires at their feet.
Or you can up the spookiness meter to the max and get this little guy. A crow skeleton.
This is, of course, a prop but a very convincing one. Its all-weather durable plastic allows you to spook guests both indoors and outdoors. And you can also position its head and wings any way you like it.
Just what you need for setting a creepy Halloween atmosphere.
One of the staples of the olden days is whimsical and unique tableware. And adding skeletons into the mix gives you instant spooky vintage vibes.
You can get these stainless steel spoon and fork separately or in a bundle. They measure approximately 6.2” (16 cm) and are perfect for a retro Halloween dinner party. Or as a gift for those who prefer a dash of spooky with their meals.
Bats, black cats, crows – all of these come to mind when you think of Halloween. But owls? Not so much.
Well, browsing through a few vintage Halloween postcards shows quite the opposite. Owls frequently appear beside other iconic Halloween characters which makes them a must on our list.
Just look at these 2 prop snow owls. You can easily envision them in a classic Halloween surrounding with cobwebs, witches, skeletons and all that. But you can also use them while decorating for Christmas. These guys would look magical surrounded by snow and sparkle. It’s a multi-holiday win!
Simulated fire light bulbs
Fire has a much more vintage look to it than ordinary LED light. Especially if we consider that bonfires used to be an integral part of the ancient celebrations of Halloween (or, as it used to be called, Samhain). Which brings us to these light bulbs.
You can install these like any other ordinary light bulbs. But when lit up, these LED bulbs look like they’re filled with fire. Fluid motion and flickering included. You can get them separately or in packs of various sizes.
It’s an amazing addition to any Halloween decor especially if you’re angling for an old-fashioned theme.
Psst, you can also get them with a blue flame effect, which looks completely out of this world, here.
These old-fashioned stemless skeleton glasses are just what you need to serve Halloween drinks.
Spooky but elegant, they emanate a timeless aura that will elevate any beverage. And. This is one of those Halloween decorations you can use all year that we’ve written about before.
Psst, if you want to add a smoke effect to your drinks, you can find out more here.
A lot of vintage Halloween decorations have a much more family-friendly look to them than the modern ones. You know, the “entertain the little kids” kind of look as opposed to the “scare the living daylights out of everyone” look.
This embroidered tablecloth perfectly shows the more light-hearted side of Halloween celebrations. It’s fun and old-fashioned with the most iconic Halloween symbols like black cats, bats, and Jack O’Lanterns.
You can get it in a square or runner style that you can combine with a larger tablecloth.
But if you want something more serious and spooky, look no further than a simple lace tablecloth.
It is still, undeniably, vintage but brings a more ghostly atmosphere to the table. If you’re aiming for a haunted house theme, this tablecloth is a must.
And, once again, it’s a Halloween decoration you’ll be able to use all year long.
Beistle Company has been one of the largest manufactures of Halloween decorations since the 1920s. The die-cut paper decorations were extremely popular and some of you might even remember these from your childhood.
So if you want to go vintage, you need a few of Beistle cutouts in your arsenal.
These are the reproductions of the old designs that the company has decided to bring back. It is easily distinguished by the cartoonish characters and the leading combination of reddish-orange and black.
This is just the tip of an iceberg that is the catalog of Beistle Halloween decorations. Apart from the ones you can see above (I know, I’m totally biased towards cats) you can find a variety of other characters here including witches, bats, Jack O’Lanterns, skeletons, scarecrows, and more.
Motion-activated creepy old doll
This little doll will be the bone-chilling addition to your Halloween setup.
Created to look like a haunted porcelain doll that is out for blood, this 15” lady is a motion-activated one. It can talk and it has some interesting things to say, like “Come play with me” or “I’m watching you”.
Also, its blank face is reminiscent of the creepy homemade Halloween masks that were popular in the first half of the XX century.
Using crystal balls to receive visions from the beyond is a practice that is as old as time.
As a result, crystal balls came to be associated with magic and witches, especially in the Halloween context. You can find tons of vintage photographs and Halloween postcards that feature a crystal ball.
So, if you want to bring a touch of magic to your Halloween decor, a crystal ball is a great starting point. The one above is available in 4 sizes, ranging from 80 to 150 mm.
Additionally, since it warps objects when you look through it, you can use a crystal ball for taking interesting pictures. We’re all about multipurpose here.
No Halloween is complete without the eerie glow of candles.
You can pair them with anything to up the spooky atmosphere to the max. But, to avoid fire hazards, you can go for this assortment of LED candles. They look extremely lifelike but don’t pose a threat when surrounded by a sea of Halloween decorations.
These are available in a pack of 6 or 9 candles. Coupled with a handy timer setting, these candles are a must in any Halloween-ready abode.
Black cats. Black cats everywhere.
Let’s be real, black cats are the staple of vintage Halloween. These furry rascals have ruled the spooky scene for the longest time. Just look at the amount of Halloween postcards these felines have inspired.
So if you’re aiming for vintage Halloween decorations, a kitty is a must.
You can add one to your decor in the form of a sculpture, a skeleton prop (which is terrifying), or a wall decal (comes in 4 sizes).
And if you already have a black cat, congratulations, you’ve won Halloween.
Also, remember that Beistle has a ton of beautiful vintage cutouts that feature black cats.
Vintage anatomy posters
No Halloween decor is complete without a few skeletons in the mix.
This vintage set of posters is not only here for the spooks. It actually features photos of human skeleton patents from 1911 and 1961. That’s a vintage Halloween decoration with an intellectual spin right there.
You can even keep these up even after Halloween. It would be a great conversation piece for sure.
Vintage? Yep. Scary? Absolutely.
These papier-mache rattles are inspired by typical vintage Halloween decorations from the olden days. Handmade and terrifying in their simplicity.
Use these spooky shakers for decorating centerpieces, vases, or for adding a dash of creepy to your fall-inspired decor.
You can get these pre-made rattle wands or, if you are in a DIY mood, make your own. You’ll find the tutorial here.
Before it became what it is today, Halloween used to celebrate a bountiful harvest.
And while the holiday later took a turn for the spookier, harvest decor elements stuck around. Corn and corn husks, in particular, commonly appeared both in costume elements as well as staged Halloween photographs.
You can pair this 3-inch dried corn with your other vintage Halloween decorations. Additionally, you can use it to create a fall-themed table centerpiece.
Vintage string lights
Every holiday needs a set of string lights. Heck, every day needs a set of string lilghts. So we’re not just going to skip over them just because we’re in a vintage territory.
These adorable pumpkin string lights look like they’ve come straight out of a retro Halloween postcard. Designed to resemble small lanterns, these LED lights are perfect for both indoor and outdoor use.
As for these guys above, black cats are a must in a vintage Halloween setting. Especially if you have a charming set of 10 black cat string lights like this one.
These cartoonish kitties have an undeniable retro vibe about them. And with orange flicker LED lights inside, they’ll bring a whiff of nostalgia to your Halloween celebration. Just as they should.
Need more inspiration? You can head over to this Pinterest board that includes both the images you’ve seen in this post and more ideas for your vintage spook galore.
And don’t forget to pin this post to your Halloween-themed Pinterest board for future reference 😉