Full of spooky artworks, ephemera, vintage-inspired makes and aided by rhymes and stories, Creating your Vintage Hallowe’en tells the history of the folklore and traditions surrounding this delightfully unique holiday. When huge numbers of Irish and Scottish immigrants arrived in the United States in the mid-19th century, they brought with them their Celtic ways and Hallowe’en customs. Apples were bobbed for, nuts were burned, mirrors gazed into at midnight, kale stalks pulled and many other games played and charms enthusiastically performed. Pumpkin Jack o’ lanterns, scarecrows, and corn shocks emphasised the harvest aspect of the holiday. Thousands of postcards were dropped into mailboxes across the land, featuring chubby, red-cloaked witches, sleekly silhouetted black cats, cute kittens, cheery goblins, and smiling spectres, examples of which are printed here. Masked goblins, skeletons, ghosts and clowns were likely to be seen making their spirited way to a party or floating through town in a parade to be rewarded with fruit, nuts and popcorn. Creating your Vintage Hallowe’en is packed full of little-known facts, charming makes and vintage artworks, so you can really get in the mood to enjoy this fun holidayto its fullest.