Black cats, jack-o-lanterns, smiling ghosts and non scary witches are what my childhood Halloween decorations consisted of. With my love of all things mid century, seeing some of the vintage styles show back up in the stores this season has made me want to embrace it all over again and luckily this vintage style is even easier to find than ever.
Continue reading and I will share some of the coolest atomic and vintage finds of the season with you.
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You may think that living in a mid century inspired home makes it harder to decorate for the Fall season because the stores are packed with the more popular Farmhouse style décor.
For example, have you walked through the aisles of Hobby Lobby this year yet? They have some beautiful items but definitely full of the more popular Farmhouse vibe.
But let me tell you a little secret.
The color orange was made famous in mid century interiors long before we started to lavishly decorate our homes in the overload of decorative pumpkins that is so popular today.
So how do you bring some Vintage Mid Century Fall and Halloween charm in to your home in a endless sea of Farmhouse and rustic décor?
You can easily start with the basics.
Back in the 1950s through the 1970s, Fall decorations did not include the neutral colors most decorations have today.
A pumpkin was a Jack-O-Lantern with the classic carved out face.
Decorations also included cartoon ghosts and witches, black haunted houses, and lots of black cats. It was a whimsical blend of scary and cartoon style images that today bring up a sense of nostalgia for those of us who were kids during that era. (Yes I am dating myself here).
The look was encouraged and made popular by such family shows as Scoobie Doo, The Adams Family, Bugs Bunny Halloween Specials, Casper, and The Monsters. All shows with scary characters with friendly personalities I like to say.
Thankfully you can still find some of these whimsical retro decorations to scatter throughout your home. And yes, it is okay to mix them in with the more modern day neutral decorations. Just scatter a few whimsical vintage items around your home and enjoy the memories at the same time.
Check out these vintage inspired throw pillows.
Vintage Black Cat Decorations:
One of my favorite icons of the mid century era is the black cat also called Atomic Cats. They have pointed ears and faces and slanted eyes. They can look either bored and devious or cute and friendly.
In the past year I have purchased several mid century inspired art off of Etsy that features this beloved little black cat. Below are a few images of this art that makes me smile.
Recently I made my own version of atomic cats out of scrap wood blocks that you will see very soon displayed on my Fall mantel. Just because it is fun.
So if you are looking to add some of these adorable and whimsical little creatures to your Halloween décor, then you are in for a treat because this year you can find more items featuring the black cat than before.
In my house, I have a few atomic black cat figurines that stay up year round. Just because they are fun to mix in with my mid century home décor.
If black cats aren’t your thing but vintage style is, then the items below will help bring that nostalgic feeling to you Fall decorations to scatter throughout your home.
All of these ideas are just to showcase that if you like vintage style decorations, you can find lots of options to choose from. But no matter the look you prefer, just enjoy the season.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a time for every season, and a time for every activity.”
Such cute retro patterns! I’ve always been a fan of this style – love that it’s making a comeback.
I love the “old school” Halloween decorations. We also had lots of black cats, ghosts, and pumpkins all over the house when I was growing up. Thanks for the great memories 🙂