‘Tis Near Halloween Table with Vintage Beistle

The witching hour is almost here and I couldn’t resist having a little spooky fun at the table . . .

Halloween is just 3 scary days away until I have to pack up my cauldron and broom for another year!

(insert *cackle* here <|;>)

I ran across these Vintage Beistle Halloween decorations, reproduced from The Beistle Company’s archives of original Halloween designs and party goods, from the 1930’s to 50’s.

These spooktacular retro images of witches, black cats and classic smiling moon from the 1950’s, provided some vintage Halloween table inspiration.

Crackled glass and smoky rimmed plates were found at HomeGoods, a favorite haunt. To conjure Halloween plates, I layered the cutouts between the clear plate and a white charger, to show off the festive orange and black Halloween graphics.

The crackled textured plate protects the cutouts while lending a spooky effect for some vintage Halloween fun!


A reproduction 1930’s Beistle tissue centerpiece with a smiling moon and quintessential scared black cat is perched on top of a set of two stacked checked and plaid metal tins.

The tins are wrapped with some black twisted vines and pinned with vintage-inspired postcards wishing you a ‘Merry Halloween’ and for a little ‘Boo’!

Black and orange glitter bottlebrush trees add a little Halloween magic and sparkle. .  .

And black cat and smiling Jack figurines were conjured from the aisles at Walmart a few weeks ago.


Don’t look now, but we’re surrounded by a murder of crows, perched on pumpkins and lurking in the mums. . .


When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers,‘tis near Halloween!


 Halloween Cutouts and Centerpiece / Vintage Beistle

Orange Chargers & Napkins / Hobby Lobby, last year

Plaid and Checked Tins / Antique Farmhouse, used here

Black & White Checked Tablecloth / Kohl’s, several years ago

Postcards/ Cavallini & Co. Halloween Glitter Greetings, used here

Halloween Bottlebrush Trees, Pier 1, last year

Cats and Smiling Jack figurines / Walmart

Napkin Rings, Glasses, Halloween Straws / HomeGoods, last year

Treble Clef Flatware / World Market, several years ago

‘Boo’ & ‘Eek’ Clothespins, Crows / Michaels, several years ago

Orange & Black Tinsel Placemat / Pier 1, several years ago

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  37 comments for “‘Tis Near Halloween Table with Vintage Beistle

  1. October 27, 2017 at 7:55 am

    This is hands down, bar none, my favorite tablescape!!! I love Beistle Halloween stuff!

    • October 27, 2017 at 9:36 am

      I totally agree with houseofhawthornes comment! Awe inspiring post!

  2. October 27, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Those Beistle pieces are wonderful! I love the plates and the big pumpkin with the black cat. I enjoy those vintage styled designs. Watch out for those crows! Hehehehe!

  3. October 27, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Spooky retro Halloween! I am smiling all the way through! So clever with the glass plates Mary, wonderful fun!

  4. Jane Teague
    October 27, 2017 at 8:03 am

    This is so filled with great nostalgic details! What a fantastic place to gather with friends and sit for a spell. Happy Halloween, Mary!

  5. October 27, 2017 at 8:05 am

    You had me fooled on the plates! I had to read and study those photos numerous times to make sure you didn’t modge podge those great vintage images to the plates – so very clever. And I love your little pickups from WM. A murder of crows – how apropos, and a new term for my vocab. Never knew that’s what they’re called.

  6. Karen
    October 27, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Loving this!

  7. Patti Kachmar
    October 27, 2017 at 8:26 am

    I love your vintage table. The black check and plaid tins are great. We had a Halloween dinner club last night. It’s so much fun to be a kid again for the night. I’m going to do it again for dinner on Sunday for my grandchildren. I think I’ll make your buf ckick salad. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  8. barbara
    October 27, 2017 at 8:29 am

    A trip down memory lane. My mother decorated with these when we were growing up. Does that date me? They were not vintage back then. . So adorable

  9. October 27, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Creativity over the moon! Love the centerpiece. Beistle decorations with plates…wow!

  10. Donna
    October 27, 2017 at 9:57 am

    The vintage look is the best, and the tablecloth and the black vine and the little characters. Most of all, though, you pull the whole table together in ways, the rest of us could never do. I think you should do retail windows. . .it would be a feast for the eyes. Thank you.

    • October 27, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Thanks so much Donna! That’s what I retired from 😀🎃👻🍁

  11. Yvonne Shafer
    October 27, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Fabulous, as always!

  12. Cyndi Raines
    October 27, 2017 at 10:52 am

    How this takes me back to my childhood! Oh My! So instead of saying I’m a Senior , I can say I’m Vintage lol. Great table Mary.

  13. October 27, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Mary, I feel a bit “vintage” viewing this post. Those Beistle designs are straight out of my childhood. This is a fun table setting. Love the vintage designs mixed with those fabulous tins. You find the perfect touches for every table. I need to stop into Walmart on occasion. Those little pumpkin figures are adorable. Happy Halloween!

  14. Debbie
    October 27, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Love the vintage for Halloween! Interesting to see the comment about retail and windows. You really are gifted and pull everything together with perfection! Love all your posts!

  15. Pam
    October 27, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Truth be told I’m not a fan of Halloween (I can hear the gasps!) but Mary, this is delightful!!

  16. Marilyn
    October 27, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    What a wonderful treasure of olden days of Halloween. Thank you so much for this post.

  17. Joan
    October 27, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Mary ,oh how wonderful those decorations are. There is nothing like the former times of Halloween decorations.

  18. Marion
    October 27, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    There is no comparison to the decorations of today. We have some decorations from days decades ago. They are superior made compared today’s. Love everything about this post.

  19. October 27, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Love your vintage inspired table, Mary! Those bottlebrush trees are wonderful, and those figurines from Wal Mart are too, too cute! I so enjoyed seeing all this.

  20. Karen Wright
    October 27, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Wow!!! Halloween lakeside!!! What could be better!!! Absolutely love the moon and cat centerpiece with the tins!!! I am ordering 2 from Vintage Beistle and I’ll probably find a few other things, too! Thanks for the link, Mary!!! I’m on a mission tomorrow to find some plaid and checked tins!!! What an inspiration you are Mary!!! Happy weekend!

  21. October 27, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Very cool Mary! I’m lovin’ the bottle brush trees:@)

  22. October 27, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    I have always loved the vintage Halloween decorations. The smiling moon has to be one of my favs…and the figurines from WalMart are the cutest!!!….Cannot believe that Halloween is just around the corner!! Have a great weekend Mary!

  23. Cyndi Raines
    October 27, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Looking at this again Mary as you did quite a “trick” on us with the vintage decoration between the plates, that sure was a great idea. Willl remember that for other events. Thank you. I really like the moon, fun to reflect on our childhood and how uncomplicated it was. I still have my Jane Jetson costume !

  24. October 28, 2017 at 2:19 am

    Fantastic decorations, the bottle brush trees tie it all together so beautifully.

  25. Norma Rolader
    October 28, 2017 at 6:14 am

    I have to hand it to you what a giggly table scape!!! You have really amazed me Thank you for sharing

  26. October 28, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Mary, This is just the right amount of scary for me! My mother still has one of these honeycomb decorations from her own childhood — a pumpkin with a black cat on it. The honeycomb stays open with a tiny piece of metal which folds over the cardboard and I used to think that was so clever! I had no idea about this company though and I enjoyed looking over their website so thank you for finding such clever things for us. I think I love the little Walmart cats with their huge grins and orange hats the best of all. Don’t put your broom away — they come in handy on full moon nights too! Happy Halloween! Linda

    • October 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Hi Linda, Thanks for the advice about keeping my broom handy ). And thank you for my adorable card! If in doubt, I always blow out the fire in my cauldron and restart it! Love the fun Maleficent stamp too 🎃🍁☠️👻👑

  27. October 28, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Love this table! These are the images of my childhood..such fun memories you brought back…and trick r treating…love it just love it!!! Thank you for sharing..❤️🎃❤️🎃

  28. October 28, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Even though I am not a fan of Halloween, I LOVE this table! I thought for sure you had decoupaged the plates, you are too darn smart! The cat figurines are adorable. and the vintage pieces are fabulous. Have a great weekend!

  29. October 28, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Mary, I love vintage Halloween and this tablesetting is just too much fun! The WM pieces are so cute, I rarely shop there, but I guess I need to take a look! I love all of your genius creativity! Happy Halloween!

  30. Paula
    October 28, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Love your vintage Halloween items !! I have been so busy my broom is still in the closest !! hehe I should start decorating for Christmas since I am missing the Fall season !
    Have a super weekend

  31. Jan McF
    October 29, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Love all the retro Halloween and your creative spirit!

  32. Peggy Bryant
    October 29, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Mary you are pulling very faint memories from my past to the fore front with this post. I love what you did. You have such creativity and can think outside the box. Happy Halloween, Peggy

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