Mark B. Ledenbach's vintage Halloween collectibles blog.

Fantastic New Pulp Witch Head Available

It is rare that I tout anything but vintage items on this blog, but take a look at these. There is an artist named Timothy Ramzyk in Wisconsin who meticulously and painstakingly hand molds his own designs from a heavy, durable pulp. He has five designs in very limited quantities at price points that are in a few words, way too cheap! The designs from last year are a skull, a JOL, a black cat head and a devil head. The devil is shown below. This year he has unveiled a scary green-faced witch - and you can feast your eyes on it alongside the devil. I just got it yesterday and I was awed at the workmanship. I proudly have these two treasures on exhibit in my main display room. (For those who I've been lucky to host at my home, you know that in order for something to be placed in that room, it has to carry its own weight. These do, easily.) 

Now, Tim is only making 12 JOLs and 20 of the other four designs for the entire season. (Of course, there are at most 19 witches left.) The price for the devil, JOL and black cat is $83 each, postpaid. The price for the skull and the awesome new witch is $95 postpaid. 

Tim has created a steel stamp of his logo and has permanently branded his creations, as he has a healthy respect for protecting the vintage market. He numbers and dates each of his creations. 

For those who know me, you know that I rarely buy anything Halloween unless it is vintage. I've made an exception - and you should too. Snap these up before they are ALL GONE by contacting Tim directly at He lists these as well on eBay and Etsy. 

Shiverbones Kirscht vintage Beistle Halloween Inspired "Frightful Fence" die cut

I am so glad that some smart collector snapped this up right away. Matthew Kirscht is one of the most talented contemporary artists working in the Halloween genre today. (I would argue he is the most talented.) Matthew, a long-time friend of mine, designed and laid-out my third edition. To all of those who have expressed your deep satisfaction with the look of the new third edition, swivel your eyes Matthew's way. I was lucky enough to grab one of the original large fences several years ago and it now adorns the side of a large dollhouse I use to house 30-40 German Halloween candy containers. Matthew needs to produce similar diecut items. I have often told him I will take one of every such thing he makes! 

21" ~ WITCH ~ Nodder ~ Candy Container ~ #1 ~ 2008 ~ Kathy Patterson

Admittedly, this is an awesome and seemingly meticulously crafted piece of Halloween folk art. However, the seller has listed and re-listed this item (among other pieces of folk art) for many months, perhaps for over a year. It illustrates that the holiday folk art field is still developing with a very limited clientele for such high-end pieces. If the seller is serious about wanting to move this out to a new home, she'll have to drop the price, perhaps substantially.