It's Halloween! As the days grow shorter and the night shadows enter our eyes and minds, we know it's time to reconnect with our ancestors and celebrate the festivals of harvest. But at the same time, this day of monsters and ghost finds its origins in many a belief that on October 31st a crack between the worlds opened, giving free reign to goblins, witches, demons, and other fabulously weird creatures. What a better way to celebrate Halloween 2011 than by emulating the style of vintage Halloween postcards? As it is in these stupendous mementos that we find a charming world were scary meets sweet, where Jack-O-Lanterns, tiny sparkly monkey-like insects, witches on crescent moons, and a myriad anthropomorphic pumpkin critters make us daydream with childlike wonder and a deliciously spooky feeling that makes hairs stand on end! Via Flickr:
A vintage 8-inch American Character Betsy McCall poses for a sweet greeting postcard in Tonner Doll Company's Wicked Witch of the West
fashion created for her modern counterpart. Howdy Doody
says hi too.
Betsy's teacher is very proud of her.
A ghost, a little Myling
porcelain ghost by artist Katarina Carlsson. Just in time for Halloween...with his gray eyes and pale blond tresses....he is the ideal apparition. Myling Dolls
Agnes is excited about Halloween. Everyone knows it's her birthday too. Her birthday gift? A witches' hat by Peggy Feltrope
Boo! Agnes is ready for Halloween in her fly costume by Liz Cole for Retros
. Made of crepe paper and cotton knit, this is one fabulous creation for the kids.
Viktor wonders...this is one big fly!
Friends gather before going trick or treating to pose for photos with their Halloween costumes by Liz Cole for Retros
. Ghost costume by Our Sweet Creations
Gene's a witch! A really good one in Retros
' fabulous take on glamorous witchwear. Vicktor and Agnes' costumes also by Liz.
Gene Marshall knows now that those kids are neighbors! Those weird Dreary Twins! "Happy Halloween Gene!" - they scream in spooky voices.
And a Happy Halloween to all of you, dear readers! May this October 31st bring you a freight or two!