Halloween Collectibles Identification and Price Guide

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    Halloween Pumpkin Pirate Tiara Die-Cut

    Halloween Pumpkin Pirate Tiara Die-Cut
    Halloween Pumpkin Pirate Tiara Die-Cut. - Morphy Auctions

    In Vintage Halloween Collectibles, author Mark B. Ledenbach explores how rarity can up the ante. While you might be able to find Halloween postcards reasonably priced, table decorations from the 1930s featuring cardboard cutouts and paper honeycombs can be quite pricey selling for $75-300 each depending on the design. For instance, a black cat cutout from that era sitting atop a paper honeycomb pumpkin might sell for $75. But if the cutout forms a witch with jointed arms and the cone-shaped...MORE honeycomb makes up her skirt, the price jumps into the $300 zone.

    The key factors here are rarity and condition. Since many Halloween decorations and games were made of paper, they were usually discarded soon after a party or used year after year until they practically disintegrated into pulp. Finding them pristine can be quite the challenge, but other options offer a little more durability.

    More “Reasonable” Values for Tin Party Toys

    While reasonable is a relative term in the Halloween collectibles world, tin items like noisemakers and horns can offer an alternative. From clappers to ratchets and tambourines, these party favors have generally held up pretty well over the years.

    Ledenbach’s guide shows a number of tin toys from the ‘60s in more common styles from $20-30. When found in less than pristine condition, they’ll likely be even lower in price whether you’re shopping at a flea market or foraging online auctions.

    But with these finds as well, a rare example dating back to the 1920s can be worth $100 or more so it’s prudent to be certain you’re dating your collectibles accurately. Most vintage Halloween collectibles you’ll run across these days aren’t all that rare, but occasionally you will find a “sleeper” worth a nice chunk of change and being able to identify those finds is invaluable.

    About the item shown above:

    Considered to be quite rare. Condition: excellent. Size: 10 1/2" L.

    Selling Price: $480 (Morphy Auctions 9/11)

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    Halloween Veggie Man Candy Container

    Halloween Veggie Man Candy Container
    Halloween Veggie Man Candy Container. - Morphy Auctions

    Candy container with cloth limbs. Glued shut. Arms and legs move. Condition: excellent. Size: 6" tall when seated.

    Selling Price: $330 (Morphy Auctions 9/11)

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    Halloween Orange Pulp Siamese Cat Jack-o-Lantern

    Halloween Orange Pulp Siamese Cat Jack-o-Lantern
    Ca. 1950s Halloween Orange Pulp Siamese Cat Jack-o-Lantern. - Morphy Auctions

    Complete with original paper inserts. Condition: excellent. Size: 5" tall.

    Selling Price: $300 (Morphy Auctions 9/11)

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    Halloween Old Witch Sparkler

    Halloween Old Witch Sparkler
    Halloween Old Witch Sparkler. - Morphy Auctions

    Includes original box. Has celluloid eyes and mouth, works well. Condition: excellent. Size: 6" long.

    Selling Price: $168 (Morphy Auctions 9/11)

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    Halloween Foot Lantern

    Halloween Foot Lantern
    Halloween Foot Lantern. - Morphy Auctions

    Papier mache foot with comical faces on toes. Insert on underside is intact with original candle and holder included. Condition: near mint. Size: 7 1/2" tall.

    Value: $10,350 (9/10 – Morphy Auctions)

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    Halloween Fortune Teller Game

    Halloween Fortune Teller Game
    Halloween Fortune Teller Game. - Morphy Auctions

    Rare American game framed under glass. All original. Condition: excellent. Size: 14 1/2" tall.

    Value: $2,875 (9/10 – Morphy Auctions)

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    Vegetable Halloween Man with Movable Glass Eyes

    Vegetable Halloween Man with Movable Glass Eyes
    Vegetable Halloween Man with Movable Glass Eyes. - Morphy Auctions

    Clockwork mechanism in head moves eyes from right to left. Old store display. Some in-painting to one arm, stem on head was missing and one was recreated.

    Value: $19,550 (9/10 – Morphy Auctions)

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    Celluloid Halloween Nodders Set of Six

    Celluloid Halloween Nodders Set of Six
    Celluloid Halloween Nodders Set of Six. - Morphy Auctions

    Witch, devil, cat, and three pumpkin heads. Unused store stock with original box. Pre-war Japanese. Rubber band driven. Condition: near mint. Size: 7" tall.

    Value: $10,350 (9/10 – Morphy Auctions)

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    Noma Jack-O-Lantern Light Set

    Ca. 1920s Noma Jack-O-Lantern Light Set. - Morphy Auctions

    Molded, painted celluloid. Two large and five small jack-o-lanterns. Original and working. Rare set. Condition: excellent. Size: largest 6" tall.

    Value: $877.50

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    Paper Mache Whistles

    Paper Mache Whistles. - Morphy Auctions

    Lot of three includes witch, skull and pumpkin with nicely painted facial features. Witch has cotton hair. Condition: excellent. Size: largest 8" long.

    Value: $204.75 (Morphy Auctions - 10/09)

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    German Veggie Cat Candy Container

    German Veggie Cat Candy Container. - Morphy Auctions

    Container and lantern head with Dresden paper lace collar and printed paper eye and mouth inserts. Condition: excellent.

    Value: $3,510 (Morphy Auctions - 10/09)

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    Large German Composition Witch

    Large German Composition Witch. - Morphy Auctions

    Witch is fully dressed and hair is made of rabbit fur. Condition: excellent. Size: 11 1/2" high.

    Value: $5,850 (Morphy Auctions - 10/09)

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    Pulp Cat on Fence Jack-O-Lantern

    Pulp Cat on Fence Jack-O-Lantern. - Morphy Auctions

    Condition: excellent. Size: 7 1/2" tall.

    Value: $234

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    Black Cat Jack-O-Lantern

    Black Cat Jack-O-Lantern. - Morphy Auctions

    Solid composition. Condition: excellent. Size: 4 1/4" tall.

    Value: $1,111.50 (Morphy Auctions - 10/09)

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    Man with Jack-O-Lantern Head

    Man with Jack-O-Lantern Head. - Morphy Auctions

    Solid composition. Condition: excellent. Size: 6" tall.

    Value: $819 (Morphy Auctions - 10/09)

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    Watermelon Jack-O-Lantern

    Watermelon Jack-O-Lantern. - Morphy Auctions

    Solid composition. Condition: excellent. Size: 6" long.

    Value: $1,287 (Morphy Auctions - 10/09)

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    Witch Riding Cat Candy Container

    Witch Riding Cat Candy Container. - Morphy Auctions

    Composition cat with glass eyes. Condition: excellent. Size: 9 3/4" tall.

    Value: $2,925 (Morphy Auctions - 10/09)

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    Veggie Man Flying Pickle Balloon Jack-o-Lantern

    Veggie Man Flying Pickle Balloon Jack-o-Lantern. - Morphy Auctions

    Rare Jack-o-Lantern. Condition: excellent. Size: 6 1/4" tall.

    Value: $4,387 (Morphy Auctions - 10/09)

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    Snookums Paper Mache Lantern

    Ca. 1920 Snookums Paper Mache Lantern. - Morphy Auctions

    Made in Germany. Snookums was a baby character in the "Newlyweds" comic strip by George McManus. Rare piece. Condition: excellent. Size: 3 1/4" tall.

    Value: $760.50 (Morphy Auctions - 10/09)

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    Witch Jack in the Box Toy

    Ca. 1930 Witch Jack in the Box Toy. - Morphy Auctions

    Japanese composition face. Rare to find in this condition, which is excellent. Size: 3" tall.

    Value: $468 (Morphy Auctions - 10/09)

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    Pulp Pumpkin Head Man

    Pulp Pumpkin Head Man. - Morphy Auctions

    Condition : excellent. Size: 10" tall.

    Value: $468 (Morphy Auctions - 10/09)

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    Moon Face Halloween Parade Jack-O'-Lantern

    ca. late-1800s Moon Face Halloween Parade Jack-O'-Lantern. Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Made in Germany of molded cardboard with painted facial features. Size: 4" tall x 4 - 1/2" wide Condition: Mint, never used

    Originally, parade lanterns were carried by a stick with a candle dropped inside.

    Value: $2,875 (Morphy Auctions - 9/08)

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    Cat & Witch Accordion Squeeze Toy

    ca. 1900 Cat & Witch Accordion Squeeze Toy. Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Original wooden toy. Black cat painted on both sides retains original tail. Witch painted on a single side. Size: 10" x 6" - Condition: Very Good to Excellent

    Value: $230 (Morphy Auctions - 9/08)

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    Ghost Girl Cast Iron Reproduction Doorstop

    Marketed as a Reproduction Ghost Girl Reproduction Doorstop. Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Size: 13 3/4" x 9 3/4" - Condition: Good

    Value: $632.50 (Morphy Auctions - 5/08)

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    Ghosts and Black Cats Rattle Noisemaker

    ca. 1930s Ghosts and Black Cats Noisemaker. - Jay B. Siegel

    Tin toy with wooden handle. Shows some wear to metal

    Value: $19.99 (eBay - 10/08)

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    Halloween Postcards

    ca. early-1900s Vintage Halloween Postcard Lot. Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Lot of five vintage Halloween postcards. Condition: Very good to excellent, with minor corner rubs

    Value: $146.25 (Morphy Auctions - 12/07)

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    Owl with Moon and Witch Ratchet Noisemaker

    ca. 1950s Owl with Moon and Witch Noisemaker. - Jay B. Siegel

    Tin toy with wooden handle. Very minor wear. Condition: Very good to excellent

    Value: $12.50 (eBay - 10/08)

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    Planters Mr. Peanut Halloween Mask Value

    ca. 1940s Planters Mr. Peanut Halloween Mask Value. Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Made of celluloid with strong colors. Size: 11" x 7" Condition: Excellent to near mint, small tear under hat brim

    Value: $175.50 (Morphy Auctions - 12/07)

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    Black Cat Candy Container

    ca. 1920 Black Cat Candy Container. Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Made in Germany. Flocked and painted molded composition with glass eyes. Opens at neck. Size: 4.75" tall - Condition: Good, reglued back leg and tip of tail

    Value: $402.60 (Morphy Auctions - 5/08)

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    Witch with Black Cats and Jack 'o Lanterns Rattle Noisemaker

    ca. 1960s Witch Rattle Noisemaker. - Jay B. Siegel

    Tin toy with wooden handle. Slight to moderate paint wear. Condition: Very good

    Value: $13.29 (eBay - 10/08)

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    Pumpkin Head Witch Candy Container

    ca. pre-1920 Pumpkin Head Witch Candy Container. Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Marked "Germany" on base. Heavy molded paper mache opens at head with straw broom and paper hat. Size: 8" - Condition: Excellent

    Value: $402.50 (Morphy Auctions - 9/08)