Scouring Pinterest for the best Halloween party ideas with a touch of vintage flair? Look no further! Inspired by classic All Hallow’s Eve themes and folk art from artisans like Bethany Lowe and Johanna Parker, nothing beats the spook-tacular nostalgia of a vintage Halloween party. We’re sharing all the details from our kitsch witch celebration, so read on for our top tips and must-have vintage-inspired Halloween decorations!
Nothing says “traditional Halloween” quite like an orange and black color scheme, throw in some striping and it's très parfait. We wanted our party decor to be full of those classic hues, so Pop Park City created this sensational balloon garland to be used as our focal point.
We suggest using a few shades of orange, like the Pop team did here, to make your garland feel a little more dimensional and elevated. And it doesn’t hurt to add some other Halloween balloons to the mix! We layered a couple gold and black vintage candy balloons to bring the nostalgia of trick-or-treating past.
For the vintage Halloween party in our Palisades shoppe, we took a different approach with our balloon display and embellished it with this cute jack-o-lantern pumpkin balloon.
We also hung some of these jack-o-lanterns wearing witches hats–a must-have decoration for this Halloween theme. Pair them with indoor decor like we did here, or layer them outside to make your front stoop look straight out of a vintage Halloween movie.
As for other classic decor, you can never go wrong with party fans. These retro-inspired party fans from My Mind’s Eye practically scream, “Vintage Halloween!” We recommend layering them in a balloon garland, or hanging them over a mantle with paper mâche decorations like we did here.
If you want to take a different spin, consider crafting a Halloween wreath. These party fans make the process scary simple. Just cut some cardboard into a thin donut shape, then arrange the fans overtop, and finally, add a banner or two to complete the wreath.
Anything with vintage typography or design is ideal for an old-fashioned infused party. That’s why we adore this "BOO" wall decoration that combines both. Not only does it compliment this matching banner set boo-tifully, it’s also made of sturdy canvas so it can be used again and again each year!
If you’re on the haunt for more decor, this Johanna Parker black cat bucket or any paper mache figurine are wonderful. The combination of black and orange is far too striking to pass up, so we suggest displaying them with an orange floral bouquet or an assortment of paper mache characters.
The key to the best vintage Halloween bash lies in the tablescape. We took inspiration from Halloween folk art, primitive designs, and inspired-by Beistle Halloween decor to carefully curate this setup. To recreate it, simply roll out this retro “Boo” table runner and choose some vintage accents to line the center with.
Paper decorations are very reminiscent of decades-old Halloween, so we used this honeycomb candlestick and witch and moon centerpiece. We also kept this "BOO" platter close by to use it for serving classic sweets like candy corn and twisty pops.
Each table setting featured a black and white scalloped plate under a vintage-inspired side plate. We decided to alternate the side plates at each setting, which may or may not have to do with the fact that we couldn’t just choose one of these spooky cute sets! So half candy-shaped plates and half jack-o-lanterns it was!
If you aren’t the superstitious type, we suggest completing your place settings with these vintage black cat napkins. They bring just the right amount of kitsch to tie the entire tablescape together.
Lastly, we set out black and white striped cups and eco-conscious reusable orange and black straws. While we usually consider party straws to be a “kid-friendly” addition, this stripey duo also works wonderfully for an adult Halloween party. Honestly, who wouldn’t want a fun Halloween straw to drink booze with their boos?
If you want your tablescape to feature even more folk art flair, these Johanna Parker carnival cottage plates and napkins are an excellent alternative. For more variety, pair each place setting with a ghost die-cut napkin or a scalloped pumpkin napkin!
No Halloween party is complete without a few ghoulish goodies. We recommend including a party favor like a spider surprise ball, Halloween flag, or a Halloween treat at each place setting. These spooky-cute treats from Flour Shop were a huge hit at our party.
Whether you’re sending them home with tricks or treats, you’ll want your guests to remember all the howlin’ good times!
We hope all this talk of old-fashioned fun has inspired you to put on a retro Halloween costume and throw a party of your own. For more ideas, browse the rest of our Vintage Halloween collection here!
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