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Halloween Spooky Vintage Style Party



A vintage style Halloween party is a must in every town... it’s the kind of party that’s frightening and fun at the same time! This Party Kit is just the thing to inspire the event. The invitations, banner and more are designed with vintage halloween imagery on top of a handmade grungy background.  Check out B.Nute’s Halloween Spooky invitations on etsy for details.


Below are some decorating ideas for your vintage style Halloween party.

Holiday Theme Party Ideas  >  Halloween Spooky Party

Spooky Banner

Hang on your mantle, at a doorway, or by a window and greet the halloween season with spooky vintage charm. Black glitter adorns each pendant, giving it an eery sparkle on a chilly fall evening. The word “spooky” glitters over the vintage imagery of halloween children.  This matching banner can be purchased on bnute.etsy.com.


Menu ideas to come...


Printable Halloween Mask Art Activity

Printable Halloween Masks by B.Nute productions

Remember the craft activities you did at your school Halloween party in elementary school? You may still even have some of them tucked away in an old memory box. Below is an art activity suggestion that may be reminiscent of those projects, perfect for your Old Fashioned Halloween Party.

Decorate a Mask

Set up a table with crayons, markers and glitter glue; print out the free printable mask templates below; and have kids decorate away. Once finished punch a hole on either end, tie a string to the hole, and put the mask on the kids! Now they are ready for some costume party fun. Be sure to include some blank paper for kids who may want to make their own masks.

Printable Pumpkin Mask from B.Nute productions

Printable Cat Mask from B.Nute productions

Printable Owl Mask from B.Nute productions

Printable Ghost Mask from B.Nute productions



Bobbing for Apples- It must be a Halloween Party!

To continue with the old fashioned Halloween theme this week, here are some game ideas perfect for your Halloween party. Some may bring back memories from your childhood, or even your parent's childhood!

Bobbing for Apples

This is a great traditional game. I'd suggest doing this game on a warmer fall day since kids can get wet! Get out that large bucket, or tub, fill with water and apples, and there you have it!

I have heard in the past, that some folks (i.e., parents) are wary of this game since it may pass along nasty germs. (This would be a perfect candidate for a Myth Busters episode-- don't you think?)  An alternative to bobbing for apples is to hang the apple from a string and have the kids try to eat it. You can hang an apple for each child, so they have their own. The person to eat the most of their apple in, say, 5 minutes, wins!

Scavenger Hunt for a Witches Brew

Come up with a fun witches brew recipe and get kids on the hunt to find the ingredients! The items could be silly toys, or could be edible. Hide the items around your yard, or house, and provide clues to find each item... Be sure to include enough of the items at each stop for each child. Here are some brew recipes for your scavenger hunt:

Witches Brew #1: Toy Delights

  1. Lizard Tail (plastic toy lizard)

  2. Frog Legs (plastic toy frog)

  3. Handful of Hair (could be pieces cut from a pretend wig)

  4. Green Slime

  5. Eyeballs (toy eyeballs)

  6. Vampire Teeth (toy vampire teeth)

Witches Brew #2: Edible Delights

  1. Worms (candy chew worms)

  2. Eyeballs (eyeball candies available during Halloween time)

  3. Hair (licorice laces)

  4. Teeth (candy corn)

  5. Dirt (brownie crumbs)

  6. Bloody Juice (red fruit punch juice box)

Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin carving has come a long way since when we were kids. There are so many creative ideas and kits out there it's almost overwhelming! Depending on you party size, and the guests' ages, I advise you can go either the "advanced" route, or "back to the basics" route.

"Advanced" Pumpkin Carving

With so many ideas abound on the internet, as well as free printable stencils to make intricate designs, I thought I'd gather a bunch of links here so you have plenty of ideas to prepare or print out for your guests pumpkin carving fest

  1. Pumpkin Carving Ideas from BHG

  2. Pumpkin Decorating Ideas from Family Fun

  3. Pumpkin Decorating Ideas from Country Living

  4. Pumpkin Templates from Martha Stewart

"Back to Basics" Pumpkin Carving

Tell your guest the are limited to the basic shapes only (i.e., triangle, circle, square, mouth shape/half circle), and see what folks come up with! You may be surprised how different the pumpkins will look using the same basic shapes!

Another option, which can be great for young ones, is to just decorate the pumpkin with markers or stickers. This is a great alternative to avoid having to use a knife.

Fortune Teller

A simple gypsy fortune teller can add a lot of fun, mystery, and excitement to your party. Buy a vintage palm reading card or this retro Fortune Tellers Kit, put on a gypsy outfit, set up a table and let your fortune telling career begin! Silly fortunes will be a hit with young ones!



Treat ideas to come...

Inspiration Board


Printable Old Fashioned Halloween Candy Bag Tags

Printable Old Fashioned Halloween Candy Tags by B.Nute productions

Trick or Treat

Give me something 

Good to eat!

Well, instead of having something to eat, how about something good to print? Below are some free printable Halloween Candy Bag Tags perfect for putting little tricks or treats in to give to special friends and neighbors this Halloween!

Printable Old Fashioned Halloween Bag Tags by B.Nute productions

Instructions for Making Candy Bag Tags

I suggest using a card stock to print out the label.

Select the image above, and print from your own printer.

Cut out the images, fold in half and stable to the top of your bag of treats.

Tags/Labels fit most snack and sandwich bags.

Yum, yum!

Printable items are copyright protect, and provided free of charge by B.Nute productions for personal use only. B.Nute's printables can not be sold, altered, or provided for download by any other site. For questions or inquiries, please contact B.Nute productions.



If you throw a Halloween Spooky Party, send us the pictures! We’d love to include them on our website to show everyone the fun that was had!

It's Halloween! It's Halloween!
The moon is full and bright
And we shall see what can't be seen
On any other night.

Skeletons and ghosts and ghouls,
Grinning goblins fighting duels,
Werewolves rising from their tombs,
Witches on their magic brooms.

In masks and gowns we haunt the street
And knock on doors for trick or treat.
Tonight we are the king and queen,
For tonight it's Halloween!

~Jack Prelutsky

Old Vintage Costumes and Masks

Scour the internet for some vintage Halloween costumes

and you'll be amazed the flood of memories from your

childhood that may come back when you see what's out there!

Vintage masks and costumes can be hung up around the

party space for great accents. Hang on a clothes line,

scatter and prop masks on a buffet table... be creative.

If the costumes aren't too precious, perhaps have a

dress up area for guests to have fun!

A little Halloween Costume History: If you grew up in the 60's or 70's you may have had the privilege of wearing a Ben Cooper costume for Halloween. Ben Cooper was one of the biggest brands of mass-produced costumes between the 1950's- 1970's. Head down a little memory lane and check out these links:

  1. Ben Cooper Halloween Costume Information

  2. Goblin Shop with Ben Cooper Costumes

  3. Images of Ben Cooper Costumes

Halloween Festooning from Blumchen

Old Fashioned Halloween Garland

One of my favorite shops for old fashioned garlands, crepe paper decorations and vintage holiday decorations is D. Blumchen & Company. If you have not perused their website yet, you are in for a treat! Make sure to check out their Halloween section and all their great vintage decoration items and ideas!

Beistle Halloween Cutouts

Old Fashioned Halloween Paper Cutout Decorations

Even with the stiff competition of animatronic Halloween mummies and vampires as well as folks parking full size hearses on their lawns for Halloween, vintage-style Paper cutout Halloween decorations are making a comeback! One company, who's in been in the business for a long while, Beistle Company have even re-released some of their all time classics. Take a look at some of their cutouts and see if any remind you of when you were growing up! Here are also some more links to vintage Halloween paper decorations:

  1. The Vintage Halloween Store- Cutouts

  2. Retroween Halloween Decorations