You’ve volunteered or were drafted to host the Halloween celebration this year. You need to come up with a theme for the decorations that will give your house an original look for the holiday.
You decide to go retro. The plan is that whoever enters your house on that special eve will know they’ve been immediately transported back exactly 100 years to Halloween 1910. Then, along with the traditional Halloween orange and black crepe drapings, cardboard pumpkins and skeletons, black cats and flying witches, add items from 1910.
As hosts for the celebration, dress members of your family in retro clothing appropriate for 100 years ago. Check with neighbors and relatives to see if their attics or basements contain types of suits, dresses, stockings, shoes, hats, toys and other reminders of the era.
Additionally, find several objects relating to the art, photo portraits and furniture of the era. Remember to use many candles throughout your house, because electricity was still not common in most homes of 1910.
If you want to spend a bit of money on your retro decor, go to an antique store to buy or borrow some vintage lamps, furniture and kitchen ware. You can get scores of vintage images free by computer, scanner and printer. Go online and you’ll find almost limitless pictures, posters, magazine and newspaper pages. Print them large and hang them around as part of your Halloween decor.
Make photos of celebrities from 1910 for a contest to identify them. For example, in that year England’s George V ascended the British throne and world champ boxer Jack Johnson knocked out Jim Jeffries, the so-called Great White Hope.
In 1910, the Wright Brothers airplane delivered its first airmail and packages, and famed French explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born. The infamous Bonnie Parker, partner of Clyde Barrow, was also born in 1910. Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel (of Laurel and Hardy) first arrived in the U.S. as members of an English vaudeville act.
American literary icon Mark Twain died that year, as he had predicted it would happen when Halley’s Comet streaked across the skies. If you need to do some deeper retro research, you could include more stars of entertainment, politics, sports and others from the era.
You’ll get lots of compliments from guests and everyone else when you decide to go retro for your Halloween decorations