October 20, 2011

On the first day of vintage Halloween...

Day 293 of Vintage 365


Chronically Vintage started a twelve day series of vintage Halloween related posts! Smile

Though technically the Twelve Days of Christmas refers to a dozen days that begin with the 25th of December and end on January 5th (the day before Epiphany), many of us think of this countdown as leading up to Christmas Day itself (I know I certainly do). Thus, in that spirit, I thought it would oodles of fun to mark the coming twelve days until the 31st with posts devoted to Halloween.

While each day won't feature a set number of items (two grinning Jack-o-lanterns or seven scarecrows scaring, for example), it will play host to a different Halloween topic, each of which I hope will help fuel the fires of your excitement over October 31st.

An image that recently stoked my flames and had me swooning something fierce is the one below featuring a very tiny-waisted 1950s woman in a marvellously festive spider web print circle skirt - complete with spooky arachnid and its soon to be (fly) victim!

{Vintage photo of a beautifully stylish 1950s woman sporting a spider web adorned skirt via Starlet Showcase.}


Now, given that the blog that I found this great vintage shot on didn't feature any background information on it, I do not know where this photo hailed from originally. Thus, I can't say for certain that it was even intended solely for Halloween.

Skirt circles (also known, if they featured an applique or stitched image on them, as poodle skirts) with whimsical images of all kinds were highly popular during the 1950s, so it's not beyond the realm of possibility that this skirt was intended for year-round wear.

Regardless of if it was sported twelve months a year or just in October, there's no denying that it's almost frightening (especially for those like me with arachnophobia) spider and web motif is immensely well suited to Halloween.

I'd love to come across a skirt like this online or at a vintage clothing store, or (and this seems more likely) make a similar version myself to be worn on those Halloweens when I was in the mood to be more chic than macabre.

I hope that this wonderfully pretty fifties look, with it's Halloween overtones, has helped put you even more in the mood for the 31st, and that you'll really enjoy the next eleven instalments of this series of vintage Halloween blog posts.


  1. I, of course, think this is a wonderful idea! I'll be checking in every day. :D

  2. what a fab circle skirt.Halloween was very fashionable in the 1950s.Her husband looks like he's spellbound by it from his little picture on the table !

  3. What a great skirt to be wearing when you answer your door to greet the little trick-or-treaters!!

  4. OHHH!! I would give my eye teeth to own that skirt!! Hmmm... I'm going to remember this skirt for next year!