German Halloween Decorations

April 30, 2008 under Halloween

[ad#Google Adsense]Between the end of World War I and the beginning of World War II, many of American's favorite decorations for Halloween were actually made in Germany. Funnily enough, Germans didn't really celebrate Halloween, but they were happy to produce all kinds of decorations for the US market. As production at the time was still mainly a small cottage industry, many of the vintage German Halloween decorations you'll come across were handmade individually -- so they are a lot different from the commercially manufactured material you'll see today.

Look especially for the cute Vegetable People that were popular for the Halloween theme. Have fun browsing!

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Vintage German Embossed Halloween Jack o Lantern Clown With Stars 15 inches Tall
Vintage German Embossed Halloween Jack o Lantern Clown With Stars 15 inches Tall $125.00
End Date: Friday Oct-31-2014 10:21:57 PDT

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German Shepherd HALLOWEEN trick or treat vintage style CHENILLE ORNAMENTS setof2
German Shepherd HALLOWEEN trick or treat vintage style CHENILLE ORNAMENTS setof2 $15.00
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German Shepherd Halloween WITCH vintage style CHENILLE ORNAMENTS set of 2
German Shepherd Halloween WITCH vintage style CHENILLE ORNAMENTS set of 2 $15.00
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German Shorthaired Pointer Halloween WITCH vintage style CHENILLE ORNAMENTS
German Shorthaired Pointer Halloween WITCH vintage style CHENILLE ORNAMENTS $15.00
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Rare Vintage Halloween German Black Cat Candy Container w Glass Eyes
Rare Vintage Halloween German Black Cat Candy Container w Glass Eyes $560.00
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Vintage Antique German Halloween Witches Diecut Victorian Scrap
Vintage Antique German Halloween Witches Diecut Victorian Scrap $7.00
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Vintage Antique German Halloween Pumpkin Diecut Victorian Scrap
Vintage Antique German Halloween Pumpkin Diecut Victorian Scrap $7.00
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Halloween Earrings Dark Orange Black Artisan Handmade Vintage German Glass Beads
Halloween Earrings Dark Orange Black Artisan Handmade Vintage German Glass Beads $10.39
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Halloween Earrings Orange Black Artisan Handmade Vintage German Glass Beads
Halloween Earrings Orange Black Artisan Handmade Vintage German Glass Beads $13.51
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Vintage German Bearded Wizard Face Living Tree Halloween Candle
Vintage German Bearded Wizard Face Living Tree Halloween Candle $9.99
End Date: Saturday Nov-1-2014 13:18:00 PDT

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VINTAGE GERMAN DIE CUT HALLOWEEN WITCH AND MOON
VINTAGE GERMAN DIE CUT HALLOWEEN WITCH AND MOON $89.99
End Date: Saturday Nov-1-2014 21:41:38 PDT

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VINTAGE GERMAN HALLOWEEN POSTCARD OF WASH DAY AT MIDNIGHT
VINTAGE GERMAN HALLOWEEN POSTCARD OF WASH DAY AT MIDNIGHT $13.75
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GERMAN VINTAGE HALLOWEEN BRUNDAGE POSTCARD SERIES N0121
GERMAN VINTAGE HALLOWEEN BRUNDAGE POSTCARD SERIES N0121 $15.60
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Vintage Halloween German made Banana horn noisemaker
Vintage Halloween German made Banana horn noisemaker $59.99
End Date: Sunday Nov-2-2014 10:45:40 PST
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German Shepherd HALLOWEEN candy corn vintage style CHENILLE ORNAMENTS set of 2
German Shepherd HALLOWEEN candy corn vintage style CHENILLE ORNAMENTS set of 2 $15.00
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Collecting Vintage German Halloween Decorations

For Halloween memorabilia collectors, German vintage Halloween items dating from the period between the two World Wars are the most highly sought after. According to Mark Ledenbach, the author of Vintage Halloween Collectibles, the prime years were 1919 to 1935.

Halloween isn’t traditionally celebrated in Germany. The German holiday, Walpurgis, which takes place May 1st is probably the holiday that most closely resembles our Halloween and on the eve of the holiday, Walpurgisnacht, German kids may head out to do some mischief and dress-up in costumes, but with the exception of homes near American military bases, there is no trick-or-treating from house to house.

So all of the paper products and other decorative Halloween items made in Germany were actually manufactured solely for export to the American market, ending up on sale at the discount department stores, Woolworth’s and K-Mart. And this wasn’t a big assembly line production effort either. Halloween manufacturing was a small cottage industry and the majority of German Halloween memorabilia were made by home craft workers or by small craft companies. Virtually all of the items were hand decorated as well and have a clearly homemade look to them.

Some of the highly desirable German vintage Halloween items include German die-cuts, composition candy containers, lanterns and German toys or figures. Many of the German Halloween toys featured brightly painted pumpkins or vegetable people with grimacing features. In addition to the standard pumpkins, witches and black cats, vegetable people were very popular in early Halloween imagery and feature in all kinds of products -- from postcards to candles.

If you decide to start collecting German Halloween collectibles, it’s important to keep a few warnings from Mark Ledenbach in mind. He has indicated on his website, HalloweenCollector.com, that items advertised as being “vintage”, but recently brought back on trips from Germany by other collectors, are not likely to be vintage at all. Remember that all of these items were manufactured for export. Since Germany didn’t celebrate Halloween (and still really doesn’t, at least not in the manner in which Americans celebrate it), there was no reason for any of these products to stay in Germany.

Also be wary of any claims about vintage Halloween collectibles “found” in the former East Germany, for the same reason. There’s plenty of new Halloween decorations coming out of Germany today, but from a collector’s point of view, they certainly aren’t going to add anything to your vintage collection.

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