Happy Halloween dear customers and readers! We know that many of you are up to a lot of fun over the next few days and we hope it will be spookily delightful. To thank you for being a part of our community this weekend and to get you in the spirit of things I have put together a collection of imagery from days gone by as well as posts from the Recollections blog and the web that will arm you with all the conversation starters you need for a fun holiday. 

I came across this “Halloween Greetings” series on the New York Public Library Digital Collections that I have been looking forward to sharing. Published by the Rose Company in 1908, at first I thought they were in the same vein as vinegar valentines and meant to insult the recipient, but on closer inspection, I believe they were simply meant to be humorous. I am sure, at least, that you will consider them to be so. 

Halloween reading

Let’s get witchy


A short history of witches’ hats

Salem Witch Trials Round-up

The Evolution of the Witch 

The spooky Victorian era


Spooky Victorian Traditions

Mary Ann Cotton: Victorian poisoner

Victorian Greeting Cards for Autumn Holidays

Stories behind your costumes

Wizard of Oz witches with Dorothy

5 women that make great Victorian Halloween costumes

The women behind The Wizard of Oz witches

A brief history of the Halloween costume

Halloween history


Fun and Happy Vintage Halloween Images

A brief history of trick or treating

8 Delicious Tidbits About Halloween

The unexpected romantic history of bobbing for apples

Let’s party! 

white mug filled with candy corn

Animated Halloween Classics – for the Whole Family

10 ideas for a virtual Halloween party

3 Fantasy Books for Halloween