The Dennison Manufacturing Co. made many wonderful products, but none of them could top its series of Bogie Books. They were produced yearly from 1909 through 1934, and they are chock-a-block full of great, great Halloween stuff. Need some ideas for your party this weekend? Take a look at the Bogie Book from 1926.
First, get busy making some life-size pumpkin figures, a pumpkin banner, a crepe-paper curtain and various pumpkin heads, and decorate the living room.
Then, decorate your entrance.
Create some chandeliers using ordinary household objects, such as an upside-down umbrella.
Don't forget to decorate the table!
For our costumes, we're going to jump ahead a few decades.
This 1952 book of patterns and instructions for costumes made from crepe paper was a gift from the delightful Jewels of Just Tickety-Boo.
This photo lacks detail, but I think you can get the sense of the many kinds of Gay Dancing Flowers that can easily be made from crepe paper.
Perhaps you'd like a more sophisticated look. Or maybe you just think it would be fun to ruffle and fringe 10,000 yards of crepe paper to reproduce an 1880s gown.
Crepe paper also makes an excellent tutu and is versatile enough to use for all of the holidays, such as the 4th of July.
If it's challenge you seek - or you just want to dress up like a rooster - make a crepe paper bird costume. To make a rooster head, made a foundation out of double layer of crepe paper, then cut rows of hundreds of feathers, layer them and sew them on the foundation, row after row. I'll quote from the book: "If a complete costume is needed, follow the instructions for the robin." I'll warn you, though: The robin looks difficult. It requires making large wings and a tail over a wire frame before you even start with the hundreds of feathers, row after row.
Maybe we should return to a simpler time.
These I could handle. Simple favor cups.
Let's consult the last page of the book for more information:
"Dennison goods may be purchased from stationers, department stores and from many drug stores ...
"Cardboard cut-outs cost 10 cents for a package of six or more for the very small sizes up to 12 cents each for the very large ones ...
"Hallowe'en invitations in witch, pumpkin or gnome designs, each with an envelope, cost from 5 cents to 10 cents each ..."
"Decorated table covers that are 36 inches square and in a witch design cost 20 cents each ..."
Is that screaming and wailing I hear? I suppose it's only appropriate, being the Halloween season and all.