turntrash2.cash Why, you might wonder? Most of us have fond Halloween memories from our younger years we would like to hold on to!! The photo above features vintage Halloween items I have purchased and saved from auctions, garage sales, and estate sales. The mid-century table napkins and paper plates can sell for $40 each-depending on desired Halloween graphics; Halloween die-cuts (cardboard wall decor), molded plastic novelty candy holders, and paper- maché lanterns can sell for over $500. Other valuable vintage Halloween-themed objects include-noisemakers, games, postcards, and those iconic Ben Cooper costumes. (Anyone born before the 1990's surely remembered Ben Cooper’s masquerade costumes; they featured flimsy, plastic character masks with eye cutouts to unable the user to see, and ventilated nostril holes to be able to breathe through. In the ’60s, during Halloween trick-or-treating. I would remove the mask until we knocked on someone’s door-then it was placed back over my face again. For whatever reason, I believed wearing my mask would mean more candy?) Let’s talk about a few of those Halloween-related objects. Vintage Halloween Paper-mache Lanterns From the 1920’s-1950’s, Pulp (paper-mache)- jack o’ lanterns (JOL’s), cat, devil, and skeleton heads, and witch figures were created for Halloween parties. Candles or electric lighting, could be placed inside of them and lit up. Menacing, paper- facial features were printed and placed behind the eyes, nose, and mouth of the lantern, to achieve an eerie glow when lit. These vintage paper-mache lanterns can sell for over $400 based on rarity and condition. Unfortunately, you might find one of these vintage paper-mache lanterns, but without the thin paper facial insets. Vintage Halloween Black Cat lantern with insets-selling for over $300 ebay.com Vintage 1920’s-German-made, paper mache “Devil Head” candy container-selling price $1,100 ebay.com Mid-century paper-mache JOL lantern-selling range $150-295 ebay.com Vintage paper-mache 7″ JOL figure with paper inserts ebay.com If you can’t find an original vintage paper maché lantern and would like to make one for a Halloween gathering; there are instructions for making a paper maché JOL lantern online. Halloween Candy Molded-Plastic Candy Containers Ghosts, goblins, and witches….Oh, my! Vintage ’50s-’60s molded, hard plastic candy containers produced by the E. Rosen Company, Rosbro Plastics and by the Kokomo Mfg Company-especially the Halloween containers- can be quite collectible. After WWII whimsical novelties were mass-produced to sell during the holidays. Consumers could find them at the local “five-and-dime” stores (e.g., Woolworth’s, Woolco, Ben Franklin). Halloween candy containers were shaped in the traditional scary characters: witches, JOL’s, cats, ghosts, scarecrows and cats. Unbelievably, a Halloween candy container you originally paid 50 cents; could now to worth more than $400! (I remember getting these cellophane-wrapped, candy-filled containers as gifts from my Dad and Mom, or from relatives during the holidays.) Some years ago, I was conducting a clean-out of a hoarders house and discovered a, E. Rosen Halloween witch candy-filled container with the candy still inside the ribbon tied cellophane. Undoubtedly, the candy wasn’t considered edible. I sold it online for $175.) Vintage Haloween Rosen Rosbro, plastic candy container. Selling range-$300-$450 ebay.com Vintage Halloween Rosen, Rosbro hard plastic candy containers. Sold for over $600 online ebay.com Vintage Halloween paraphernalia lot-selling price over $850 ebay.com The Halloween noisemakers, miscellaneous games, paper napkins; crepe, paper plates, and ephemera selling range can vary. Early 1930’s tin litho metal noisemakers can sell in the hundreds range. The tin-litho companies of T. Cohn, J. Chein, and U.S. Mfg Company-to mention a few; manufactured tin-litho party flavors and toys in the early and mid- 1900s. Tin-litho loud noisemakers and party goods, such as tambourines, rattles, horns, frying pan types, bells, whistles and other clinging and clacking ratchet and canister types, were mass-produced. During the 1930’s, someone probably paid 3 cents to own one of these, but today, they can sell for over $150. Vintage Halloween tin-litho rattler wikipedia.org Vintage ’30s J. Chein tin-litho tambourine-sold for over $290 wikipedia.org Vintage Halloween horn, party favor Pinterest.com Always kept in mind: Condition and rarity rule to determine values to vintage items. Additionally, watch out for reproductions made in the 1990’s. The values of vintage Halloween diecuts, will be discussed in my next article. TO GET YOU IN THE GOOD OLD HALLOWEEN SPIRIT; HERE ARE SOME EERIE SOUNDS FROM A VINTAGE 1960’S WALT DISNEY HALLOWEEN “CHILLING THRILLING SOUND OF THE HAUNTED HOUSE” ALBUM-IT WILL TAKE YOU BACK…..WAYYYYY BACK. https://www.youtube.com/watch?vC4qrGk3GUpI Credits: turntrash2.cash Share this story on Facebook with your friends.