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 HALLOWEEN POSTCARD OF WASH DAY AT MIDNIGHT
VINTAGE GERMAN HALLOWEEN POSTCARD OF WASH DAY AT MIDNIGHT $16.00
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VINTAGE GERMAN HALLOWEEN POST CARD LE SERIE 2231 HBG
VINTAGE GERMAN HALLOWEEN POST CARD LE SERIE 2231 HBG $124.99
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Vintage Halloween Pumpkin Cat Decoration German Embossed Jack O Lantern
Vintage Halloween Pumpkin  Cat Decoration German Embossed Jack O Lantern $10.50 (2 Bids)
End Date: Friday Oct-24-2014 20:03:14 PDT

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3VINTAGE GERMAN BISQUE DOLL HEADS KR SIMON HALBIG CBL HALLOWEEN DOLL PARTS
3VINTAGE GERMAN BISQUE DOLL HEADS KR SIMON  HALBIG CBL HALLOWEEN DOLL PARTS $25.00
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Vintage Halloween Lantern German Style Black Cat Paper Mache or Candy Holder
Vintage Halloween Lantern German Style Black Cat Paper Mache or Candy Holder $19.99
End Date: Friday Oct-24-2014 21:38:35 PDT

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Vintage 1920s German Germany Large Die Cut Stand Halloween Devil Black Maid Cat
Vintage 1920s German Germany Large Die Cut Stand Halloween Devil Black Maid Cat $245.00
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Halloween Postcard Vintage Scary German Devil On Shoulder Of Poor Gentleman
Halloween Postcard Vintage Scary German Devil On Shoulder Of Poor Gentleman $6.99
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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 Oct-25-2014 13:17:39 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 Oct-25-2014 14:28:59 PDT

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Vintage Halloween Die Cut German Embossed Witch Near Mint Collector quality
Vintage Halloween Die Cut German Embossed Witch Near Mint Collector quality $44.99 (12 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Oct-25-2014 16:59:05 PDT

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Vintage Halloween Die Cut German Embossed Flying Witch Near Mint Quality
Vintage Halloween Die Cut German Embossed Flying Witch Near Mint Quality $52.00 (19 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Oct-25-2014 17:12:20 PDT

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Vintage Halloween Die Cut German Embossed small Pumpkin Near Mint Quality
Vintage Halloween Die Cut German Embossed small Pumpkin Near Mint Quality $17.99
End Date: Saturday Oct-25-2014 17:19:25 PDT

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VINTAGE HALLOWEEN GERMAN SHEET 3 D PAPER DIECUT SCRAPS WITCH HEADS
VINTAGE HALLOWEEN GERMAN SHEET 3 D PAPER DIECUT SCRAPS WITCH HEADS $19.99
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VINTAGE GERMAN MACHE HALLOWEEN JOL CANDY CONTAINER S PARTY FAVORS
VINTAGE GERMAN MACHE HALLOWEEN JOL CANDY CONTAINER S PARTY FAVORS $16.07 (2 Bids)
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Vintage signed German Halloween pumpkin man candy mache
Vintage signed German Halloween pumpkin man candy mache $50.00
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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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