Halloween Wiki
Halloween Wiki

Vintage Halloween postcard depicting happy colorful Halloween witches.

Halloween greetings cards from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries often bore the images of traditional Halloween games that were popular at that time.

Games involving, inter alia, apples, mirrors and walnuts were all played during the Halloween festivities. Some of the games were played to bring about "divining", a type of fortune telling.

Thousands of Halloween postcards were produced at the turn of the 20th century. The postcards of the 1920s regularly depict children, but do not show trick-or-treating.

On many of the postcards are images of pumpkins, the inevitable witches and black cats, and very often children playing Halloween games, or carving jack-o-lanterns.

Today collecting Vintage Halloween postcards is a popular activity for many enthusiasts. Thousands of beautiful vintage Halloween images can be found within the public domain.

Wikipedia states that the editor of a collection of over 3,000 vintage Halloween postcards commented: "There are cards which mention the custom of trick-or-treating or show children in costumes at the doors, but as far as we can tell they were printed later than the 1920s and more than likely even the 1930's. Tricksters of various sorts are shown on the early postcards, but not the means of appeasing them"[1]



  1. Wikipedia's article on Halloween