Reyne Gauge: Halloween Isn't Just for Kids!

09/20/2010 02:39 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011


Halloween has long been my favorite holiday. As a kid, my brother and I created haunted houses with our neighbors, weird "goo" for kids to have to stick their hands in that we called brains. Scary costumes and creepy music and the day/night were complete.

As an adult, I guess I never grew out of wanting to create creepy scenes, and come up with a "to die for" costume. Some of my favorite outfits were Bride of Frankenstein, complete with a early 1900's wedding dress and veil. Mommy Dearest with a great 50's outfit, bob black wig, and martini glass and wire hangers to carry. I event went as Christina Applegate one year when she was on Married with Children. (My friend went as her mother on the show, we were quite the hit!)

One thing I never collected, though always wanted to, was vintage Halloween items. Papier-mache pumpkins, black cat noisemakers, old costumes... I will admit I have bought numerous vintage Halloween postcards over the years, mounted them on to black stock cards and sent them to good friends.

Apparently I am not the only kid trapped in an adult's body with a passion for Halloween. The folks at Dan Morphy's Auctions ( shook the trees and managed to find hundreds of enthusiasts who were willing to plunk down serious money for a Halloween "treat".

The sale consisted of 887 lots, (Halloween AND Christmas items), and brought $370,000. There were 100 people in attendance, 150+ on the phone and over 400 on the Internet vying for the holiday goodies.

One of the top lots was a German veggie man, complete with radish arms, and a watermelon head. As a bonus it also had eyes that moved from side to side. It was thought to be a store display. It had a pre-sale estimate of $10,000-20,000 and brought $19,550.


And what sale would be complete without one of those papier-mache lanterns I have always wanted. They had a 7.5 inches tall one with a comical grin that was estimated at $2,500 - $3,500. It sold for $10,350.

The same price was achieved for a set of nodders; which included a witch, a cat, devil, and three pumpkin heads. I don't think my bobble head doll has ever sold for that kind of money!
It's safe to say this week when I attend Round Top, I'll be on the hunt for some unique Halloween items to help decorate my home this year. Knowing there are reproductions of these items, I hope to not be "tricked".

Happy Hunting!