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Charming Free Vintage Halloween Postcards To Download

The long days of summer are beginning to shorten. The end of the school holiday is insight. My thoughts are now turning to autumn and the festivities associated with that season. Here I have curated a collection of vintage Halloween postcards in readiness for one of the season’s most significant celebrations.

Even though in the UK, Halloween celebrations get bigger and bigger every year. They are nowhere near as impressive and widespread as those in the US.

“Trick-or-treating” is believed to originated from “guising” in Scotland and Ireland. Guising requires those going door-to-door to perform a song or poem without threat. The term trick-or-treat was commonly adopted in the ’80s.

It was actually due to the 19th Century Scottish and Irish immigrants that Halloween became a major holiday in North America.

Initially, the holiday was confined to these communities, but gradually it became more mainstream. By the start of the 20th century, people of all social, racial and religious backgrounds celebrated Halloween coast to coast.

Copyright Free Vintage Halloween Images

This collection of charming vintage Halloween postcards celebrates some common things linked with this fun holiday. Such as witches, Jack-O-lanterns, skeletons and trick-or-treating.

To download a higher resolution of the vintage Halloween postcard click the title link above the image.

Vintage Halloween Postcards

The Vintage Halloween Postcards Collection

1. A Thrilling Vintage Halloween

A vintage Halloween postcard. Three black cats flying through the air with three Jack-O-Lanterns.

The Jack-O-Lantern got its name from the Irish legend of Stingy Jack. Jack was an Irish drunk who bargained with the devil and was doomed to roam the Earth with only a hollowed turnip to light his way.

Black cats are often associated with Halloween. This is probably due to the fact that in many cultures, they symbolise bad luck. Also, black cats are usually in the company of witches.

The vintage Halloween postcard is dated 1910 and from the Missouri History Museum.

Vintage Halloween Postcard with 3 Jack-O-Lanterns and 3 black cats

2. A Demon On A Jack-O-Lantern

Another 1910 postcard from the Missouri History Museum.

The antique Halloween postcard shows a little demon sitting on a Jack-O-Lantern.

devil on a Jack-O-Lantern postcard

3. Halloween Pleasures – Apple Bobbing

Another cheery image from the vintage Halloween postcards collection at the Missouri History Museum. The vintage Halloween image depicts a young girl bobbing for apples.

Apple bobbing is an Autumn game often played at Halloween. We used to play it at Beaver scouts. The idea of the game is to pick up an apple from a bowl of water without using your hands.

As apples float in the water, this is a lot harder than it looks. The apple bobber often ends up with a very wet face and hair. I think this is partly why children love playing the game and find it hilarious.

Vintage image of young girl bobbing for apples

4. Girl With Mirror

A delightful vintage Halloween image of a young girl brushing her hair in the mirror.

If it wasn’t for the Jack-O-Lantern and the delightful poem, you wouldn’t know it was a Halloween postcard.

The poem reads as follows:

On Halloween, Oh mercy me,

The awfulness that one can see,

Ghosts and goblins, and witches too,

And other things to frighten you.

A 1900 postcard by Wolfe Company, New York.

Vintage Halloween card and poem

5. 1880 Vintage Halloween Postcard

This delightful vintage Halloween scene is from the collection at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.

The postcard depicts a mother and daughter looking out the window on Halloween. Whilst a witch and her black cat fly past on a broom.

1880 Halloween card with witch

6. 1880 Halloween Card 2

Another one of the delightful vintage Halloween postcards from the collection at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.

If you note that only one lady is looking in the mirror but two faces are reflected. I assume this implies that the second reflection is a ghost.

1880 vintage halloween postcard

7. A Witch Riding A Broom

Another 1910 vintage Halloween Postcard from Missouri History Museum. This shows a witch riding a broomstick pulled by a jack-o-lantern with a black cat.

A Witch riding a broomstick being pulled by a jack-o-lantern with a black cat

8. 1900 Witch and Jack-O-Lantern

A vintage Halloween postcard from the Toronto Public library from 1900.

The card shows two classic Halloween icons of a witch and a Jack-O-Lantern.

vintage Halloween postcards

9. Jack-O-Lantern Driving A Car

Another one of the vintage Halloween postcards from the Missouri History Museum (1908). Complete with the pun “You Auto Have a Happy Hallowe’en.”

vintage halloween postcards

Other Halloween Ideas

If you are looking for more artistic paintings, then check out this wonderful collection of vintage Halloween art.

For more spooky vintage Halloween images, check out the Halloween patent prints, vintage skeleton illustrations and vintage skull drawings on Pictureboxblue. There is also a fun collection of spooky bat illustrations that would look great on the wall for Halloween.

If you liked these vintage Halloween postcards then you will probably love these other collections on Pictureboxblue.

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Niki | Life as a LEO Wife

Thursday 15th of September 2022

What an adorable collection of vintage cards! Thanks for sharing on Happiness is Homemade. I hope you'll stop by & share on Crafty Creators Link Party as well. It's open from Thursdays through Monday nights. Have a great weekend!


Friday 16th of September 2022

Thank you so much and thanks for the invite.

Kathy A

Sunday 7th of June 2020

Thank you for all your research. I love vintage postcards, seldom see them, then choose not to afford them when I do;this will let me have some inexpensively!


Tuesday 9th of June 2020

Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed them.

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