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Vintage Halloween decorations are best sellers today. They are second only to Christmas when it comes to holiday collectibles. Most masks, costumes, trick-or-treat bags, party decorations, and crepe-paper table centerpieces are inexpensive. Three-dimensional items like candy containers and jack-o’-lanterns sell for higher prices.

Black cats with piercing eyes and arched backs have long been a symbol of Halloween. The scary Halloween cats pictured here sold at a recent Showtime auction in Michigan. Halloween is more fun with vintage decorations like these. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Find prices and pictures of more Halloween collectibles in Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2018 and in the free online price guide at Kovels.com.

 



This 1930s black cat lantern is made of paper pulp and is 5 1/2 inches high. The tissue paper inserts for the eyes and mouth are original. Put a battery-operated light inside for a spookier effect. It sold for $244.



This black composition cat sits on a wooden ratchet noisemaker. It was made in Germany c.1920 and sold with a similar pumpkin head noisemaker for $153.



This black cat with an arched back is a candy container made in Germany in the 1920s. Take the cat's head off to open it. It’s 5 1/2 inches wide and auctioned for a sweet $1,464.

 

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#2 Paper mache ghostemmywemmy1 2017-11-05 18:51
Hello there.
Recently started cleaning out my very old home and found an antique ghost holding a guitar with spider and web.
Just curious as to what it could be worth.
I couldn't find any other distinctive markings
#1 Halloween Antiquesbonster2017 2017-10-25 20:38
These are so cool. There used to be an antique store near us that featured a large display (an old wood & glass grocery case) full of gorgeous Halloween decos from the 1920s onward. Pure bliss. :)

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