47 Most Valuable Halloween Collectibles
Take something cool and make it hard to find, and you have yourself a collectible. It doesn't matter if it's an old penny or a Beanie Baby. The fewer there are available, the more it's worth. It's simple supply and demand, and the same principles apply to Halloween decorations.
Many vintage Halloween collectibles date back to the 1930s or earlier. It's amazing that such delicate decorations lasted nearly 100 years, but it's even wilder that people have spent hundreds, even thousands, of dollars to add one of these gems to their collection.
Of all the antique Halloween decorations out there in the world, these are the 47 most valuable.
47. Dollhouse Miniature Vintage Old Witch Doll
Bottom line: This miniature witch collectible is less than six inches tall, but she sold for over $200. Handmade in the 1970s, she's intended to dwell in a dollhouse.
We're not talking about the kind of dollhouse you can buy at Target, or even an expensive wooden one at Pottery Barn. Those are for kids, but there's another entire facet of the dollhouse world that's mostly for serious collectors.
Detailed houses and dolls made on a 1:12 scale are added to over years, even decades, to create realistic, miniature scenes with startling detail. Many dolls are sold in the $30-50 range, but a single doll for over $200 is impressive.
46. Vintage Miniature Dollhouse Artisan Julie Stevens Clay Halloween Figurines
Bottom line: While this list is admittedly about the value of each collectible rather than our personal taste, we have to admit that this adorable set is our favorite Halloween collectible. Each of the four characters is handmade and has sweet, round faces and detailed costumes.
Made on a 1:12 scale, these tiny works of art were made over 40 years ago by an artisan figurine designer named Julie Stevens. With the largest figurine measuring just one and an eighth inches tall, this set is a crossover collectible that appeals to two different collecting niches: Halloween collectibles and miniatures.
They're so cute that we'd probably buy them ourselves if they weren't over $200.
45. Spencer's Spirit Halloween Evil Skull Fountain
Bottom line: Some vintage Halloween collectibles are just wooden decorations, but this one is a fully functional fountain. It has a built-in light that makes the water turn red, looking eerily similar to blood.
Made in the 1990s by Spencer Gifts, the fountain is less than a foot tall but sold for over $200.
44. Small Halloween Band Member Pumpkin Die-Cut Decoration
Bottom line: In the 1930s, die-cut Halloween decorations were very popular.
The simple figures have now become surprisingly valuable Halloween collectibles, with this set of three pumpkin musicians going for almost $250.
43. 30-Inch Blow Mold Foam Pumpkin, Lighted
Bottom line: At first glance, this spooky jack-o'-lantern doesn't look like anything special. That's until you realize it's 30 inches tall and lights up.
Despite having some minor signs of wear, it sold quickly on eBay.
42. Vintage Halloween Pulp Paper Mache Black Cat Lantern With Original Face Insert
Bottom line: Yikes! This spooky black cat is pretty, pretty scary looking, but it's not as terrifying as it looks. The entire decoration is made out of paper pulp, which is pretty much the same thing to paper mache.
Even if it came to life and chased you with those menacing teeth, you could squish it with one hand. That said, its fragility is also the reason this creepy collectible became so valuable.
It's not even close to the most expensive Halloween decoration, but its selling price of $250 is still a lot for something made of strips of paper.
41. Count Dracula Vampire Halloween Lighted Blow Mold Outdoor Decor
Bottom line: Speaking of large collectibles, this Count Dracula statue stands a full three feet tall.
It's made entirely of plastic, but it's still one of the most expensive Halloween collectible decorations.
40. 1920s German Embossed Scary Witch Die-Cut Wall Decoration
Bottom line: Often, the older an item is, the higher its value. This antique, die-cut witch decoration dates back to the 1920s.
It was designed to hang on the wall, and the bottom of it includes hooks to hang keys. The item was listed in Mark Ledenbach's "Vintage Halloween Collectibles" book, so it's the real deal.
39. Owl Pulp Decoration by F.N. Burt Company
Bottom line: Now here's an expensive Halloween carved collectible that looks every bit as vintage as it is. The carved owl was made by the F.N. Burt Company in Buffalo, New York, in the 1920s.
Its large, green and yellow eyes are in excellent condition, but the back and one ear have small dents. Owned by an avid holiday collector who acquired it in the 1980s, it sold for an impressive $280.
38. 1930s Gibson Art Co. Die-Cut Halloween Wall Decor
Bottom line: Many die-cut items are embossed, meaning the surface of the Halloween collectible has dimension.
This vintage owl collectible already had minor signs of wear due to its age, but it still sold for nearly $300.
37. Halloween Moon and Owl Die-Cut Decoration
Bottom line: If an owl visited the man in the moon, this is what it would look like. At least, that's what it would look like according to an artist in Germany in the 1930s.
It was made from thick, embossed paper pulp and painted in vibrant orange, black and white. It's also one of the largest die-cut Halloween collectibles, measuring 13 3/4 inches by 13 inches.
36. Original Clothes 3.5-Inch Halloween Witch French Market Antique Doll and Accessories
Bottom line: Call us crazy, but dolls have some serious potential for creepiness. Porcelain dolls, especially. Here, we have a porcelain doll that's also a witch, complete with dark eyes, red lips, a witch hat and a broomstick.
She was originally purchased in Europe and was sold on eBay with some newer accessories, but get this. The tiny three-and-a-half-inch doll dates all the way back to 1900.
She's one of the oldest valuable Halloween collectibles you'll see. And also the most likely to be haunted.
35. Large Antique German Embossed Black Cat Halloween Decoration
Bottom line: Black cats are a classic symbol of Halloween. This 15-inch embossed black cat came from Germany and features large, glassy eyes.
Its body was also textured to give the illusion of having fur.
34. Paper Mache Black Cat Halloween Lantern
Bottom line: If you're really talented at paper mache crafts, you might be able to make real money with your skills.
This smiling, painted paper mache cat lantern was made before 1960, and it's extra valuable because it's handmade.
33. Vintage Halloween Blow Mold Yard Decor
Bottom line: The best part about this unique collectible is that every element of the Halloween decoration lights up. It may look small in the picture, but it actually measures 38.5 inches in height, with weighted bases for stability.
The winner of the auction took the collection of cute fall figures home for $300.
32. Vintage Halloween 10.5-Inch Orange Owl
Bottom line: Purchased at an estate sale from a vintage collection in the late 1980s, this spooky owl collectible dates back to the 1920s or 1930s.
The material it's constructed with is similar to that of an egg carton, only thicker and more durable. It's in nearly perfect condition, which is shocking for an item so old and with a history of being sold more than once.
31. 2 MIP Vintage Halloween Jointed Skeleton Decorations
Bottom line: Despite looking like nicer versions of something you could pick up at the dollar section, these skeleton collectibles are valuable for a reason. They were made by the Beistle company sometime during the 1940s or 1950s.
The 24-inch decorations originally sold for just 39 cents at Murphy's 5 and 10 cent store, and the packages have never been opened. Each one contains two mint condition skeletons.
30. Halloween Broomed Witch Stand-Up Die-Cut Decoration
Bottom line: Black, orange and white are the signature colors of most vintage German die-cut decorations. This spooky witch is impressively detailed, with tiny embossed stars on the witch's cape and a feather on her hat.
When the 16-inch figure was originally sold in the 1920s, she only cost 25 cents. Despite being around a century old, the cardboard figure is in nearly perfect condition.
29. 17-Inch Katherine's Collection Willinda Witch Cat Pram
Bottom line: This witch seems spooky at first, but if she cares about her cat enough to take it on a walk in a baby carriage, how bad can she be?
Made by Katherine's Collection, this figurine is larger than it appears in the picture, measuring 17 inches in height. No detail on this collectible was overlooked, from a layered skirt and tattered, lace cape to a vintage baby carriage with wheels shaped like spider webs. Take a closer look, and you can see the black cat even has a pacifier in his mouth.
Figurines like this one were only sold for a limited time, so finding one is unusual.
28. 1988 Tiger's Eye Edition Halloween Cabbage Patch Kids
Bottom line: At last, a vintage Halloween collectible we actually recognize. Remember these pudgy, stuffed faces? They're Cabbage Patch dolls. They were a big hit during the 1980s, and these two were released in 1988 as part of the Tiger's Eye collection.
Their names are Harold and Louisa, and they were some of the first of the Cabbage Patch crew to introduce varied eye colors and hairstyles, unique outfits and other markers of individuality.
Because they were all a little different, each collectible is extra special.
27. Rare Halloween Boy Cat and Saxophone Die-Cut Decoration
Bottom line: Made in the 1930s in Germany, this musical cat adds a fourth color to the typical Halloween collectible color scheme: green. While his coat is black and his clothes, shoes and saxophone are orange, his eyes are a rich olive green.
Even with some surface wear, he sold for a hefty sum. Collecting expert Mark B. Ledenbach assigned the die-cut that made this figure a number "2," which indicates it's very rare.
26. Halloween Black Pumpkin Die-Cut Decoration
Bottom line: Some expensive Halloween collectibles are creepy, but this one is almost cute. Yet another German-made collectible dating back to the 1930s, this one is approximately 10 inches wide and is surprisingly detailed for such a simple jack-o'-lantern face.
The pumpkin itself is textured, and the top of the black pumpkin has small spikes for hair.
23. Blow Mold Pumpkin Cauldron Halloween Decoration (Tie)
Bottom line: The seller of this vintage glowing jack-o'-lantern did not share any details about when the Halloween collectible was produced, but judging by its design, it was most likely from the 1980s or 1990s.
The two-foot pumpkin is now lighting up the night in front of a new owner's home with its cheerful smile — which cost a measly $400.
23. Heads Up Harry Animatronic Prop, Life Size (Tie)
Bottom line: We'd hardly consider something from the early 2000s vintage, but anything you can no longer buy in stores can become a collectible item.
This Halloween collectible was made by Spirit Halloween in 2007, and most of his functions still work. His eyes move, his neck glows, and he recites creepy lines as he casually removes his own head from his shoulders.
23. Antique Halloween Jointed Veggie Man (Tie)
Bottom line: A little bit cute, a little bit creepy, this vintage veggie man boasted hinged limbs and a rather vacant expression. His limbs are supposed to be modeled after harvest vegetables, but it's honestly hard to tell. He looks more like a peanut than a potato.
If you can handle the thought of a 100-year-old doll staring into the depths of your soul and have a few hundred bucks to spend, he's all yours.
22. Lemax Spooky Town 2011 Octo-Swing Halloween Decor Carnival Ride
Bottom line: It's nice to see something other than German die-cuts in the realm of expensive Halloween collectibles. The Spooky Town Octo-Swing is only 10 years old, but it was retired shortly after it was produced in 2011.
The swing is a functional carousel, with little pods swinging out as the octopus on top spins and plays music. Finding another like it is nearly impossible.
21. Huge Old Halloween Poster
Bottom line: It's hard to tell from the picture, but this old Halloween poster is quite large, measuring six feet by three feet.
Even with a few minor tears, the 1950s-era Halloween collectible sold for around $400.
20. Halloween Devil with Pitchfork Die-Cut Stand-Up Decoration
Bottom line: This 1920s German die-cut devil is more silly than scary, but he does have an ominous pitchfork to remind partygoers he's up to no good.
The 15-inch figure originally cost a mere 15 cents, and he has held up remarkably well for being so old.
19. Rare Dept. 56 Bride of Frankenstein Bowl/ Vase
Bottom line: The bride of Frankenstein looks shocked at how many extra pieces of candy the kids have been sneaking.
The figure, worth more than $400, has googly eyes, so she can see candy snatchers from every angle.
18. Vintage Halloween Party Decorations With Box
Bottom line: Party decorating sets were extremely popular in the 1920s, and honestly, the ones on Amazon today aren't nearly as cool. This one was made by the Beistle Company in 1923.
The rare boxed set started out with 30 die-cut pieces, but some of the pieces were previously punched out. There are still plenty left, including several invitations, fortunes, candleholders and place cards. All of the items feature festive Halloween illustrations that were unique to the era they were produced in.
The famous collector Mark B. Ledenbach gave this set a rare rating, and it sold for a hefty sum even with considerable wear.
17. Rare Halloween Cauldron Place Card
Bottom line: It's amazing that a vintage Halloween collectible can be so small, yet so expensive. This combined set was made by the Buzza Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota, sometime during the 1930s.
It includes a fiery cauldron that reads "This Mess is For," with a space for the host to write the guest's name.
There is also a black cat and a crescent moon die-cut figure to go with it. All are made of paper, so it's remarkable that they lasted so long in such pristine condition.
16. Vintage Halloween Paper Mache Pulp Orange Owl
Bottom line: The gaze of this old, orange owl is ultra-intense because its eyes are made of polished glass to make them pop.
The owl itself is entirely made of paper mache, so technically you could learn to make a similar one yourself. (As long as you had way too much time on your hands, that is.)
15. Dept. 56 Halloween Mordecai Mansion
Bottom line: If you or your parents ever collected Dept. 56 Christmas houses, surprise. They also make Halloween collectible houses.
This one, named Mordecai Mansion, features flickering blue and orange lights and spooky Halloween sounds.
For being entirely made of ceramic and porcelain, it's amazing that it doesn't have a single chip.
14. Rare Halloween Girl Cat and Violin Die-Cut Decoration
Bottom line: What's truly surprising about these collectibles is how light and delicate they really are.
This rare Halloween cat belongs to the same series as the saxophone cat listed earlier, but in premium condition without a single bend or crease.
Do you think she'll play us a song if we bring some catnip instead of candy?
13. Lemax Spooky Town Decorating for Halloween #24477
Bottom line: This light-up Halloween scene easily made the top 10 list of most expensive Halloween collectibles. It's remarkably detailed. Tiny costumed figures are decorating the trees with a "Happy Halloween" banner as glowing lanterns light the way.
All the lights still worked at the time of sale, but batteries weren't included in the selling price of $450.
12. Antique 1924 Dennison Halloween Softcover Bogie Book
Bottom line: One of the coolest Halloween collectibles is arguably this Halloween paperback book. It was published in 1924 and included ideas for costumes, decorations, games and more.
Looking through the pages is like taking a peek into a Halloween party your great-grandpa might have attended. The 32-page book was also sold with its original postmarked envelope.
11. Frankenstein Cardboard Die-Cut Cutout Halloween Decoration, Hinged 55 Inch
Bottom line: Sometimes, the items that collectors find valuable is baffling. This vintage Frankenstein cutout made in the 1970s is nearly four and a half feet tall and has a glossy finish.
His arms and legs are hinged, which is cool to be sure, but $460 still seems like a lot for a sheet of printed cardboard.
10. Children’s Halloween Party Book
Bottom line: Produced in 1923, a year before the last book mentioned, this rare Halloween collectible was actually a collection of invitations, decorations and party suggestions.
The Beistle Company made three different styles of collectible books: booklets, envelopes and boxed sets. The boxed sets are the most valuable and the hardest to find.
This one was the booklet version, and some of the decorations are missing, but it still sold for more than the price of a new Apple watch.
9. Original Cracker Barrel Resin Ghost With Lantern
Bottom line: Now this is funny. Among a long list of antiques dating back to the 1920s or 1930s made painstakingly with care, we have an item from Cracker Barrel. It's not old in the slightest.
It was offered by the company online only over the last few years, but when it hit social media, the decoration instantly sold out. Measuring 18 inches in height, the ghostly figure features a flickering lantern and was sold on eBay in new condition.
That just goes to show that an item doesn't necessarily have to be ancient to become a collectible.
8. Bethany Lowe Johanna Parker Vintage Bat Container
Bottom line: Think it's just an ordinary bat? Think again. This nearly 19-inch paper mache figure is actually a container.
Lift off the top of it to reveal a sneaky spot to store candy
7. Vintage Halloween Joe Spencer Folk Art Standing Pumpkin Funny Bobble Doll, Signed
Bottom line: Made by folk artist Joe Spencer, this silly-looking, pumpkin-shaped bobblehead figurine is practically one of a kind. It was signed by the artist himself, and every letter is lined with glitter. Around the base is written, "What?!! No Candy Corn?"
Our thoughts exactly, sassy pumpkin man. He's not even nine inches tall, but he sold for over $500.
6. Antique 1920s German Embossed Halloween Waving Black Cat Decoration
Bottom line: This heavily embossed antique diecut cat was made in the early 1920s, like many of the other German-made Halloween collectibles.
Despite having a small pinhole at the top where the original owner attached it to the wall, the treasured cardboard cat sold for well over $500.
5. Vintage Halloween Black Cat Couple
Bottom line: If one cat is valuable, imagine how much a pair of them is worth. This detailed Halloween collectible set included twin black cats, one girl and one boy, wearing matching orange and black Halloween outfits.
They both have cardboard "easels" on the back that enable them to stand up on their own, and their eyes are painted a pale shade of metallic green.
4. Vintage Halloween Frowning Jack-O'-Lantern and Cat Die-Cut Decoration
Bottom line: A sizable Halloween die-cut collectible measuring 14 1/2 inches by 14 1/2 inches, this decoration was made from a similar die-cut as one of the earlier items on this list.
In this one, the jack-o'-lantern looks concerned instead of happy, and we would too if we had a hissing cat on our head. Interestingly, the cat is actually a dark brown color instead of the usual jet black.
The design is highly detailed, illustrating exactly why these German-made items turned into collectibles. Unlike most modern decorations, the attention to detail was impeccable.
3. Vintage Halloween Skull With Hat Die-Cut Decoration
Bottom line: This Halloween antique was made in Germany in the 1930s, like so many other vintage decorations. Skull decorations, however, were much less popular than pumpkins and cats, so decorations like this one are few and far between.
Featuring a fedora-style hat with a feather, embossed stars and a smiling moon, it's likely that he was only produced for a single season. The entire piece measures 11 inches high by 9 1/2 inches wide and is in good condition, aside from some slight crackling of the finish.
It's remarkable that a cardboard Halloween antique has survived nearly 100 years with so little wear. The original manufacturer’s hanging hole at the top of his hat shows very little wear. He can be found on page 178 of "Vintage Halloween Collectibles: Third Edition."
2. Rare Vintage Halloween Embossed Jack-O'-Lantern
Bottom line: No other expensive Halloween collectible could hold a candle to this one. By far the priciest vintage decoration, this 12-inch Jack-O'-Lantern decoration spurred on an all-out bidding war.
His silly arms and legs and goofy expression are cute, but we're shocked that someone spent over $6,000 on a decoration.
Their collection must be hauntingly cool.
1. Rare Antique Halloween Embossed Die-Cut Tri-Fold Fireplace Screen
Bottom line: The age of this item is only part of the reason it sold for nearly seven grand. It's one of the largest of all the antique Halloween collectibles to ever be listed, and it's one of the hardest to find in such good condition.
So what is it, exactly? The 19-inch-by-16-inch decoration is a German die-cut fireplace screen. During the 1920s, it was placed in front of a fireplace so that the fire's flickering light would shine through the orange screen.
It's made with a metal frame and sheets of crepe paper. Seems like a fire hazard by today's standards, but as a collectible, it's extremely valuable.