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Ask the Crafts Dept. : Vintage Halloween

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Nancy asks:

Could you tell me a good source for purchasing nostalgic party supplies, such as retro Halloween treat bags, paper peanut bags and plastic cupcake toppers.

This is a great question, Nancy! We have a lot of great sources for these types of party supplies. We're excited to be able to share them with you. Because Halloween is just around the corner, I'll mostly show themed packaging here, but all of these sources have a large selection of items, I urge you to browse their sites.

One of our first stops for vintage & vintage inspired paper goods is always D. Blumchen. They have a huge selection of nostalgic holiday ephemera including dresdens, garlands and  decorations


I just love these crepe paper party cups. They are so sweet and delicate, and easy to decorate for the season. 


These cupcake toppers are also just the right combination of spooky & adorable. They're perfect on cupcakes, but you could use them with any of your Halloween party hors d'oeuvres. 


Bake it Pretty specializes in quirky & fun supplies for decorating & packaging your baked goods. These treat bags have a real nostalgic flair.


They also have a lot of fun toppers, including these for halloween. 


Viking Importing has the largest selection of baking cups I know. You could use these pumpkin patterned ones for Halloween treats.

Finally - if you're looking for something to make yourself, the Martha Stewart Crafts online store has a ton of great kits and supplies to help spook up your holiday


I absolutely love this kit, inspired by this story from the magazine. You can add any decoration you'd like on the outside - adding faces to make mini Jack-O-Lanterns or just decorating with a punched decoration. Either way, the packaging is just as sweet as the treat itself!

Do you have any favorite shops for food packaging?

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Comments (9)

  • love martha! Look at her take on jack-o-lanterns:

  • I recently perused the Shutterfly site and stumbled upon the fabulous Tribute book by Martha Stewart. Are the digital papers and elements used for the construction of the book available for purchase. They are simply beautiful.

  • Wow. I really like it.. esp the crepe paper party cups.

  • [...] October 16, 2009 Filed under: Halloween — lauravw @ 2:04 pm Oooh look: lots of vintage or vintage-looking Halloween goodies at the Crafts Dept. I am planning a little Halloween party at our place and wish there was time to [...]

  • I love the cup cake toppers!

  • I have a craft that my friend has come up with and have sold. I think it would fit with the Martha Stewart decorations. They are called decoweights which are weights made out of outdoor material and are used for holding newspapers,napkins,corners of picnic tables etc. I think it would be a hit in her departments.

  • I am on the board of a small town Historical Society. We have a box of old photos that have been given to us. They are not identified. We do many things to raise funds for our small society and museum. I would like some ideas on crafting these photos to be able to sell them. Last year at Christmas I glued some lace around some of the children's photos and put in a Christmas tree hanger on the top. All of the photos are square. Could you give me some ideas please? The photos are old!! Most are dated from 1880-1900.

    Thank you,


  • A lot crafters use vintage & nostalgic images from, where they have selections in every holiday.


  • There was a guy on one of your shows that cut designs out of paper. that would have been good for mothers day. i would like to see that pattern. thanks

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