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Mark B. Ledenbach's vintage Halloween collectibles blog.

VINTAGE HALLOWEEN BLACK CAT AGAINST A FULL MOON HARD CARDBOARD CANDY CONTAINER

This is a large and colorful identically dual-sided slot and tab candy holder made by an unknown manufacturer. I was only able to add one to the collection perhaps 6 years ago, so these are not plentiful. When I got it I was surprised at just what a powerful display item it is! This one looks to be in nice condition. The last one ended on eBay almost exactly one year ago and sold for an astounding and unsustainable price of $347.98.

10/02 Update: This sold for a somewhat more reasonable price of $255.

Vintage 1920's Halloween Black Cat & JOL Candy Box Margaret Burnham's Inc.

I have taken a real liking to seasonally produced candy boxes from local and regional candy makers. They are typically quite rare. Being essentially ephemera, few were kept and fewer still remain in collectible condition. I had never seen this design before or was even aware of Margaret Burnham's. The selling price of $66.99 should be considered a real bargain. 

Early '50's HALLOWEEN Grinning Black CAT Candy Container-Party Hat-Orange Moon

This is a large and colorful identically dual-sided slot and tab candy holder made by an unknown manufacturer. I was only able to add one to the collection perhaps 5 years ago, so these are not plentiful. When I got it I was surprised at just what a powerful display item it is! This one looks to be in remarkable condition. I greatly appreciate the fine seller being very specific about condition. 

10/08 Update: This excellent candy holder sold for an astounding $347.98. SGV is $85. 

Halloween Witch Black Cat Cardboard Candy Holder E. Rosen Company Lantern

I have never seen this Rosen candy box before. Every once in a while some new Rosen-made artifact surfaces to my surprise. They were surely prolific with their designs! Rosen-made items are difficult to date with accuracy. They left few clues to help collector/curators like me. The acme of Rosen paper is surely their various "Pops" boxes. Check out pages 116-118 for a nice selection in the collection. 

Vintage Beistle Halloween Die Cut Candy Container

This seller made an error selling this rare Beistle candy basket for less than $59.99 through a Best Offer scenario. Beistle made this for a single season in 1921. The designer went all out decorating every surface with now-iconic as well as odd art choices. (Check out the pine tree on one of the sides.) I haven't seen one of these come to market in many, many years. Given how hot Beistle is at the moment, I feel confident in asserting that an auction ending price would have far exceeded SGV of $325. These are very delicate items, and this seems to be in superb condition given that caveat. Reviewing the sold items, I see this seller sold a number of rare Beistle items for far less than SGV. 

Vintage Rare BUTTERFINGER CANDY BAR BOX Curtiss HALLOWEEN Antique ADVERTISING!

As regular readers know, the Halloween decorations and related ephemera I collect tend to be from the 1920s and 1930s rather than from anytime in the 1960s, as I prefer the design aesthetics then in vogue. However, this 1960 Butterfinger's candy box is compelling. I like the graphics, especially the way the wrapped candy bars appear to be so readily grabbable! I can see that these commercially manufactured candy boxes could become a hot sub-genre. This great box sold for only $65 plus shipping, so this sub-genre right now seems to be an inexpensive toehold into the wider, more expensive world of vintage Halloween collectibles. 

VERY RARE VINTAGE LOT 6 1950'S CARDBOARD HALLOWEEN CANDY FAVOR BOXES CONTAINERS

When I saw this listing's ending price, I thought it was too high. Interestingly, one of the underbidders let me know that she had received an email from the seller stating that the high bidder had walked away from his bid. I opined that a more sustainable price was around $400, so she offered that and it was accepted. I've seen the market value these candy boxes a bit more dearly than in the recent past. 

VTG 1920'S 30'S HALLOWEEN SMALL OWL IN MOON CANDY CONTAINER BOX

This is a rare enough Rosen candy box that I've never seen one before. Rosen made exquisite candy boxes as well as point-of-sale containers that are quite sought after. Even though the condition of this compelling box is somewhat problematic, it reached a solid price of nearly $200. I wonder what other Rosen treasures remain undiscovered? 

Vtg Mavrakos Candy HALLOWEEN CARDBOARD BOX,Witch,Black Cat,Pumpkin,St Louis RARE

This listing is full of wonderful detail that adds to the knowledge base for vintage Halloween memorabilia. It is unusual to find the inner waxed paper still extant with these often unmarked candy boxes. So, to find that it was issued by Mavrakos Candies of St. Louis, and then to have the seller provide the kind of operational detail that I love, this listing has hit a home run. It seems that the buyer of this rare box - I hadn't seen it before - got a solid bargain at $79.95. 

SCARCE Vintage Halloween Pumpkin Candy Container Purse, USA, E. Rosen Co., 1930s

These cleverly designed candy purses made by Rosen during the 1930s used to pop up more often than I've been seeing them do so lately. Rosen made a small variety of point-of-sale displays that I avidly collect. (Please refer to pages 116-118 to see those in the collection.) Although this isn't one of those, it exemplifies the attention to detail that characterizes Rosen output during this period. Of course, another positive of this listing is the seller, long on my list of those with whom I eagerly do business.