Boo, fellow Halloween enthusiasts!
Prepare yourselves for a whimsical journey into the world of funny Halloween decorations.
Grab a pumpkin spice latte, tuck yourself under a cozy cobweb, and let's dive into the eccentric beginnings of age-old Halloween classics.
Ever wondered why we're so obsessed with carved pumpkins, cobwebs, black cats, and skeletons every October 31st?
Well, dear reader, you're about to uncover the quirky reasons behind the lasting popularity of these decorations.
So, without further ado, let's wander into the haunted past of our beloved spooky season. Cue creepy organ music
So, what are the Traditional Halloween Decorations?
Drum roll, please!
The Hall of Fame for Traditional Halloween Decorations features an eclectic mix of oddities that would make even the most stoic of souls shiver.
We're talking about the crème de la creepy – carved pumpkins, cobwebs, skeletons, and the ever-mysterious black cats Halloween decorations!
Would you believe that these innocent, sometimes downright comical adornments, beloved by trick-or-treaters around the world, have origins that are as shrouded in as much mystery as a vampire's cloak?
Well, buckle your witch hats and light your lanterns, because we're about to embark on a journey down the shadowy alleyways of Halloween decorating history. cue wolf howl
Jack-o'-Lanterns: The Original Emoji 🎃
Legend has it that the story of the jack-o'-lantern is rooted in Irish folklore - specifically, the tale of Stingy Jack.
This old miser was such a pill that neither Heaven nor Hell wanted him when he died!
Stingy "J" was a notorious trickster known throughout the land for his cunning and deceit.
Once upon a time, he even managed to outsmart the Devil himself!
Stingy "J", the clever trickster, invited the Devil out for a drink. But oh, he had a mischievous plan up his sleeve. He convinced the Devil to transform himself into a shiny coin, all for the sake of paying their tab.
Little did the Devil know, he had no intention of parting with that coin!
With a sly grin, he swiftly pocketed the coin alongside a trusty silver cross. The Devil was trapped, unable to break free from his coin form by that silver cross.
Jack had the last laugh!
But being the crafty soul he was, he eventually struck a deal with the Devil. He released him on the condition that the Devil would leave Jack alone for a whole year, and should Jack meet his end, the Devil could not claim his soul.
Time flew by, and Jack once again outwitted the Devil. This time, he lured him up a tree to pluck a ripe fruit. While the Devil was stuck in the branches, he carved a cross into the tree trunk, sealing the Devil's fate. The poor Devil had no choice but to promise Jack another ten years of peaceful existence.
But as fate would have it, Jack's time on Earth came to an end.
Heaven rejected his unsavory nature, and hell couldn't stand his trickery. So, the Devil sent him off into the dark night, armed only with a burning coal to light his way.
Jack, ever resourceful, placed the coal inside a hollowed-out turnip. And there he wanders, with his makeshift lantern, forever known as "Jack of the Lantern" or simply "Jack O'Lantern."
And that's the captivating tale of a cunning man and his eternal journey through the night! He is now doomed to roam the earth forever, with only a burning coal inside a hollowed-out turnip to light his way.
The Irish and Scottish folk took to carving scary faces on turnips and potatoes and placed them in their windows and doors to ward off evil spirits like old Stingy.
As the tradition crept its way to America, turnips transformed into pumpkins.
And thus, the art of pumpkin carving was born. Who knew we had a penny-pinching old man to thank for our hilarious front porch pumpkin displays?
And the rest, as they say, is pumpkin history!
And I can honestly say, I love everything about the evolution of pumpkin decor. From Jack-O-Lantern vintage Halloween decorations to the trick-or-treating plastic Jack-O-Lantern candy basket I used as a little girl, my Halloween spirit starts with pumpkin decorations!
Each year as I pull out my pumpkin Halloween decorations, it's like going on a trip down memory lane. I remember where I got all my vintage Halloween decorations (family, antique shopping, or eBay) that have their special place safe from harm's way (the kids) each Halloween night.
I also pull out all the pumpkin decorations that I use for decorating each room of my house and a special pumpkin I use as a dining table centerpiece that can be out from Hallow's eve to Thanksgiving.
And of course, all the Jack O Lanterns and paper mache pumpkins the kids made as school projects come out to play as well as the vintage-looking Jack-O Lantern I made one year out of a gourd - that with a little bit of paint turned out pretty good, even if I do say so myself. It's a smooth pumpkin as the gourd I used doesn't have the valleys a pumpkin has.
If you're having a Halloween party (or not) and pumpkins are more your thing than ghosts are, just know, that you can never have too many pumpkins! Sorry, ghosts!
Witches' Brew of Spider Webs: A Sticky Situation 🕸
Ever been caught walking through a spider web?
Yeah, not fun.
So why do we intentionally drape our homes with artificial cobwebs every October?
It's all thanks to ancient Celtic beliefs, my friends!
The Celts believed that during Samhain (the precursor to Halloween), the veil between the living and the dead was at its thinnest.
They believed that spiders were mystical creatures that could travel between these realms, and their webs symbolized a passageway to the other side.
Nowadays, we just think it's hilarious to watch our friends get a fright by walking into fake spiderwebs. Insert evil cackle here.
As far as Halloween decorations go, spider webs are very versatile. Talk about a Halloween decoration that can go literally everywhere - and there is no shortage of ideas on how to decorate with webs and they can even be hanging off costumes.
The only downfall to webs is that you probably never heard anyone say they have webs in their box of vintage Halloween decorations now, have you? Unless they're real ones.
You can make awesome-looking web decor with cheesecloth that will look like vintage Halloween decor (with a little bit of tea staining) that will last for years!
Skeletons: The Backbone of Halloween Decorations 💀
Ah, good old Boney – the star of many a hilarious Halloween party.
Humankind has long been fascinated with what lies beneath the skin, but how are skeletons connected to Halloween?
Well, you see, Halloween was initially a celebration of the harvest season and a time to honor the deceased.
Halloween, an ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced sow-in), has some fascinating origins!
Picture this: about 2,000 years ago, the Celts in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France celebrated their new year on November 1. It marked the end of summer and harvest, ushering in the dark and cold winter.
Legend has it that on the night before the new year, the barrier between the living and the dead worlds blurred, and the spirits of the departed returned to Earth.
The Celts believed so!
They even thought these ghostly visitors made it easier for their Druids, the Celtic priests, to predict the future.
Talk about fortune-telling with a twist!
To honor this extraordinary event, the Druids lit massive bonfires, where folks gathered to burn crops and animals as offerings to the Celtic deities.
And get this: during the celebrations, the Celts dressed up in costumes, like with animal heads and skins, and tried their hand at fortune-telling. It was a wild night, indeed!
Once the festivities ended, they rekindled their hearth fires from the sacred bonfire to protect them in the chilly winter ahead.
Skeletons came to symbolize the connection between the living and the dead.
It's a bit ironic that something so spooky has a somewhat heartwarming origin, isn't it?
So, next time you spot a dancing skeleton decoration, remember the spirited origins of Halloween and that they're just here to help keep the festive spirits alive... or, undead?
Like lights, hanging skeletons take some thought.
First of all, Halloween decorations seem to have a mind of their own - like they're never hanging in the same place year after year, right?
So think about the theme that is starting to take shape as you're decorating. Do you want to send shivers up and down your partygoers or trick-or-treaters' spines?
Or would you prefer a super cute and fun idea to have your skeleton sitting at a table either watching a movie, talking to a witch, or sitting in front of a collection of Halloween candy?
Or perhaps you are decorating for a more vintage Halloween style? For a more vintage Halloween feel you can always take the skull off a skeleton and replace it with a Jack O Lantern as his head instead. It's a fun tradition at our house that our oldest girl came up with and a way to add vintage Halloween decorations that are unexpected.
How to Make a Skeleton Look Vintage
If you'd like a skeleton to look more like vintage Halloween decorations, you can easily antique the white bones with some wood stain or shoe polish. Spraying the inside cavity of the skeleton with some dark brown or black spray paint will make the skeleton look even older! Get some inspiration by watching the How-To video below!
Black Cats: The Unlucky Lucky Charm of Halloween 🐈⬛
Black-colored cats are an iconic symbol of Halloween, but why are they associated with this spooky season?
This superstition dates back to the Middle Ages in Europe and has its roots heavily entwined with witchcraft.
Black-colored cats were thought to be familiar to a witch - animals that were gifted to a witch by the devil himself and were believed to enhance a witch's magical powers. It was even thought that witches could transform into them to prowl unseen at night.
As such, they were often seen as omens of bad luck.
However, not all cultures regard these cats as unlucky.
In some cultures, they are actually seen as bearers of good fortune.
For instance, in Scotland, the appearance of a strange black cat on your doorstep signifies prosperity. So, depending on your perspective, a black cat crossing your path could mean bad luck or good fortune is heading your way!
As Halloween decorations evolved, black-colored cats became a staple.
Today, their images are depicted as adorable (or sometimes spooky) decorations and are featured prominently on Halloween greeting cards and party invites. So, whether you see them as unlucky omens or bearers of good fortune, black-colored cats have undoubtedly cemented their place in Halloween history.
Black Cats are NOT Decor
Feeling the holiday spirit this Halloween? Why not consider adopting a cute black cat from an animal shelter or rescue service? These furballs are often overlooked due to superstitions, but they're just as lovable as any other color!
By giving a black cat a forever home, you're not only rescuing them but also bringing joy to your life.
Keep in mind, though, that some shelters have a policy of not adopting black-colored cats out right before Halloween to ensure their safety.
Let's celebrate this scary season by treating our furry friends with love and care, NOT as mere live decorations walking around your yard! 🐾🎃
A Fang-tastic Legacy
And there you have it – a spine-chilling tour of the spooktacular customs that created our favorite funny Halloween decorations. From a pumpkin to light-hearted jack-o'-lanterns to eerie spider webs, these traditions have added a dash of humor to the festivity for centuries.
So if you're a seasoned pro, or if you're a first-time decorator, think ahead and either add to or start your Halloween decoration collection and soon you too will have vintage Halloween decorations to call your own or pass down. Time flys!
And if you want to decorate in the vintage style and don't have any vintage Halloween decorations yet remember, papier-mâché pumpkins, black-colored cats, witches, and a skeleton (even ghosts too) are all popular and reminiscent of the past and easy to make.
Let's keep the laughter echoing through the night in true Halloween fashion! 🎃💀🕷 cue sinister laughter laugh
Don't forget, Halloween is also a great time to get creative and make your own decorations. From DIY spider webs and ghost cutouts to homemade tombstones and creepy candles, there are endless possibilities for creating unique and personalized decorations that will be the envy of all your neighbors. Check out the videos below.
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