These throwback decorations add a unique twist to any space.
When Halloween rolls around, it’s time to bring out the cotton cobwebs, carved pumpkins, and construction paper bats to create spooky, yet festive decor that will set the scene for any Halloween gathering. This year, why not conjure up a different, unique atmosphere with vintage Halloween decorations rather than scary Halloween decorations. Vintage-inspired decor can create an eerie, old-timey, collected look in any space—plus, it's much different than your usual Halloween decor. Here, we have items that run the gamut from classic décor like a pumpkin or skeletons, or banners that look like they’re from the 1920s, to an old typewriter that looks like it was found in the attic of a haunted house. Pair these items with your traditional décor like cobwebs, fake spiders, and jack-o’- lanterns, or go all out with the vintage theme to make your house truly look like something from a haunted past. Either way, your Halloween party just got a lot more interesting.
Vintage Halloween Banner
Reproductions of German die-cut and embossed stickers on string, this unique garland will adds a bit of Old World charm to any space. They’re made of photo paper and felt and can be hung against a wall or floating from the ceiling. The Etsy seller recommends keeping it out of direct sunlight to prevent fading.
To buy: $18; rawbonestudio.etsy.com.
The Beistle Company has been the largest producer of Halloween decorations since the 1920s—you might recognize the classic illustrations. A reproduction of the original one from 1928, this jointed cat’s legs and tail can be repositioned to make it look like it’s walking. It’s also printed on both sides so you can hang it in a window, too.
To buy: $5; amazon.com.
Sure, we love the ombré, glitter, and intricately carved pumpkins during Halloween season, but you can’t go wrong with a classic pumpkin—especially when this one can be used year after year. This realistic-looking gourd (it even has scratches and blemishes) can be placed inside or out. Since it doesn’t look overtly Halloween-themed, you can even put it out starting September 1st to celebrate the fall season.
To buy: $52; homedepot.com.
Need to spook up your space? You can’t go wrong with the classic skeleton. This life-size skeleton (at five feet tall) can be posed, so you can place it sitting in a creepy corner, or hanging off a door (an interior one, since it’s indoor use only).
To buy: $90; spirithalloween.com.
Cheeky Skeleton Dish Towel
What's more old-timey than a skeleton wearing a top hat on a penny farthing bicycle? The funny pun—“I Wheelie Like You”—lightens the mood. Hang a pair in your kitchen, or use it carry dishes to the Halloween dinner table. It also makes for a funny hostess gift if you’re heading to a haunted party.
To buy: $5; spirithalloween.com.
Animated Haunted Typewriter
If you like scary Halloween decorations, you'll love this item. This antique-looking typewriter is sure to cause a fright—just place it on a table near where the guests are gathering and watch them react. It has a mind of its own. The typewriter has a motion sensor, so when someone approaches, the keyboard spells out “Help,” and the carriage moves from side to side.
To buy: $149, grandinroad.com.
Black Jeweled Candelabra
Create a spooky, yet elegant tablescape for your Halloween dinner party with this black candelabra that can hold five taper candles. Pair it with a black tablecloth, a dramatic floral arrangement, and even some black and white spray-painted pumpkins for a gothic scene. If you’re not hosting dinner this year, it will look equally eerie on a mantel or console table.
To buy: $50; pier1.com.
Halloween Gothic Boo! Doormat
Welcome guests knocking at your front door with a simple, “Boo!” The gothic font on this doormat makes it look like it came from centuries ago (if they had doormats back then). To clean, just rinse with a garden hose and dry off—you can store it in your garage when the season is over to use again next year.
To buy: $44; amazon.com.
Black Heather Dutton Gothique Pillow
The pattern on this throw pillow has a damask-like design, until you peer closer to spot some classic Halloween motifs like a jack-o’-lantern and bat. Place it on a sofa or comfy chair—the neutral colors make it easy to blend in with any kind of decor.
To buy: $45; target.com.