Click to watch the full 1937 cartoon, "Lonesome Ghosts".
I am! Halloween is my favorite holiday, I love love love everything about it. The beginning of fall, the spookiness, the candy, the costumes, the pagan leftovers of a past filled with spirits and harvest. Love it all.
So much so? I have one of these:
And one of these, so that I can watch Lonesome Ghosts forwards, backwards, sped up and in slow motion, over and over again. Just like when I was 4.
Yay! It’s Halloween, my fav-o-rite! From current celebrations to Halloween’s incredibly rich pagan history across many cultures and groups of people and religions, the close of summer and the end of the harvest is an incredibly powerful and interesting time. Be a dork like me and learn more here: Halloween Wikipedia entry.
Here are a few vintage Halloween postcards that I’ve found around the web and really love. I’m just fascinated by how many postcards used to be produced to commemorate nearly every day. And as always with vintage postcards, the emotional and stylistic gamut they run is so interesting.
We’ve got your spooky (above) and your portraiture (below)
It's like a family photo.
A little classic witchery, complete with some amazing characters in the cauldron’s smoke.
Witch & kitty & friends.
A touch of what the…???
The traditional Pumpkinhead Baby & Owl BFFship.
Rad pumpkin cart!
Sage advice from the Greeks to us.
A little Victoriana is always found in postcard art:
Vintage Sexy Witch, omg!
Some things never change.
And this gem that has a lot more in common with Halloween’s ancient thematic roots of the harvest and fear of winter than most of things we see now:
Happy Halloween scary blast from the past. Poor Pluto!