Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins, oh my! As the leaves rustle and the nights get longer, the enchanting world of vintage Halloween art in the Public Domain beckons.
Whether you’re a seasoned collector, a creative soul, or simply a lover of autumn festivities, you’re in for a treat! This curated collection, brimming with charm and mystery, offers a glimpse into Halloweens of yore through the rich tapestry of free, high-quality vintage illustrations and images.
Join us on a whimsical journey through the spooky, eerie, and downright delightful realms of vintage Halloween art in the Public Domain!
These free vintage illustrations include spooky art from the past that features classic Halloween themes such as witches, monsters, ghosts, black cats and other dark, sinister and satanic creatures.
This collection focuses on vintage Halloween-themed art in old books and art galleries, such as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
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These images make a fantastic Halloween card and are also perfect for macabre creative pursuits and spooky decoration.
Skeleton & Skull Halloween Art
This is actually a satirical cartoon on the Peace of Amiens, 1802, C. Starcke, after James Gillray. But it has a very Halloween vibe about it with the Witches having a Halloween party around a bubbling cauldron.
“Dancing Skeletons” is a notable woodcut print by Michel Wolgemut from 1493, illustrating the “Danse Macabre” or “Dance of Death” theme, typical in the late medieval period.
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Flower-wreathed skull, Pieter Schenk 1670-1713.
Check out these other human skull drawings.
Skeleton of a Hand by Jan l’Admiral, who lived from 1709 to 1773.
Vintage Halloween drawing of a toothless skeleton bust, Egbert van Panderen, after Joannes Bernardinus S., c. 1590 – 1637.
Staging of human and gorilla skeletons at the table, Carl Huth, 1878
Winged skeleton with hourglass on a gravestone, Teodoro Filippo di Liagno, 1642.
This spooky looking vintage bat drawing was part of a brand design for a company in Amsterdam in 1903.
This Japanese painting falls into the Halloween image remit with its bats flying across a moonlit sky. It is by Ohara Koson.
No vintage Halloween image collection is complete without a black cat or two!
The “Tournee du Chat Noir, 1896” is an iconic poster by Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, promoting the famous Le Chat Noir cabaret in Bohemian Montmartre, Paris.
Featuring a large black cat, the design is a celebrated example of Art Nouveau style and symbolizes the vibrant artistic and cultural life of the Belle Époque era. Steinlen’s work remains one of the most recognizable in 19th-century poster art.
La Sorcière au chat noir,” translating to “The Witch with the Black Cat,” is a notable work by French artist Paul Ranson, a member of the Nabis group of post-impressionist avant-garde artists active in the 1890s.
Pied crow on a branch, Theo van Hoytema, 1878 – 1910.
Spooky bat and tower illustration by Jacques de Sève, 1773.
Ghosts and Spooky Scenes
“Figuren voor de hellepoort,” by Dutch artist Simon Fokke (1712-1784), translates to “Figures at the Gates of Hell.” Likely depicting a detailed and allegorical scene at hell’s entrance.
Still life with dead bird and pumpkin, Eduard Isaac Asser, c. 1855.
Fallen Greatness, Smeeton-Tilly, after Louis Apol, c. 1874 – 1888.
Scene from the comedy Krispijn Medicine by Cornelis Troost (1696-1750); a notable Dutch painter and pastellist known for his genre scenes, portraits, and theatrical subjects.
I picked the spooky vintage art painting for the skeleton in the cupboard and death coming through the door.
Float with tower and bats during Mardi Gras in Nice, anonymous, 1875.
I chose this image for this vintage Halloween art collection because it has a ghostly vibe. It was painted by Louis Ducos du Hauron.
Ghost by Heinz von Essen, 1926. This image looks like someone in a Halloween costume.
Francisco de Goya’s Spooky Art
Francisco de Goya (1746–1828) was a prominent Spanish romantic painter and printmaker, widely regarded as one of the last of the Old Masters and a forerunner to the modern artistic movements.
Goya’s work is known for its diverse themes, from royal portraits to scenes of war and haunting, fantastical images.
Paintings of witches in the Museo Lázaro Galdiano. “Las Brujas,” which translates to “The Witches,” is a theme that Francisco Goya explored in several of his works, depicting scenes of witchcraft and the supernatural.
Witches’ Sabbath” (1797–1798) Also known as “The Great He-Goat,” this painting features a coven of witches gathered around a goat, a symbol of Satan. The scene is dark and eerie, with the distorted features of the witches adding to the unsettling atmosphere.
Another De Goya painting that fits with the vintage Halloween art theme. “El Tiempo” or “Time,” also known as “La Vieja” or “The Old Woman,” is one of Francisco de Goya’s Black Paintings.
The artwork features an old, winged woman representing time or old age, holding a timekeeping device and walking forward.
The painting explores decay, death, and the passage of time, reflecting Goya’s later works’ dark and introspective nature. It is currently housed in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.
An etching from his series “Los Caprichos”; a set of 80 prints created by Goya in 1797 and 1798, showcasing a range of themes including the Spanish society of his time, the corruption of the Church, and superstitions.
I’ve included this print in this collection of vintage Halloween illustrations as the monsters remind me of Frankenstein’s Monster!
Other Halloween Prints
I know there aren’t many pumpkin heads in this collection, but you will find plenty more vintage Halloween images in this fun collection of merry Halloween postcards.
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