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Collecting in the Heartland: Halloween noisemakers

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 15, - Let's bob for apples and sing and play 

In the good, old-fashioned way;

Greet Hallowe'en with a party gay,

For spooks and witches but a short time stay.
--from Kiddies' Halloween Book by Marie Irish,

The artwork is some of the most striking in all of holiday collectibles: shrieking cats, grinning jack-o-lanterns, broomstick-riding witches and dancing scarecrows.

The graphics, usually in brilliant oranges and midnight blacks, have been lithographed onto everything from steel bells, to jangling tambourines to wood and tin ratchet toys - toys that go "clackety-clackety-clack" when the moon is full and goblins and ghoulies roam the crisp autumn nights.

Halloween noisemakers, which likely originated in Germany during the early part of the 20th century, were first used to scare away bogeymen and other evil spirits. But their American heyday was in the s, '50s and '60s when they became as much a part of a young trick-or-treater's arsenal as a well-designed facemask and oversized goody bag.

Today those same noisemakers, which once sold at the neighborhood five and dime like Woolworth's for as little as a nickel, command prices of $30, $40 and more as collectors haunt area flea markets, garage sales and antique shops for the spooky treasures.

We first began accumulating Halloween noisemakers about 15 years ago, at a time when they were still relatively inexpensive. Over the past 10 years, as their popularity has soared, Halloween noisemakers have become increasingly scarce and, as a result command premium prices in the collecting marketplace.

Jennifer Fisher, a year-old attorney, party planner and author from Queen Creek, Ariz., said her attraction to Halloween noisemakers came naturally. An avid collector of Nancy Drew mystery books, she had always loved Halloween as a child. About 10 years ago, she picked up an issue of Martha Stewart's magazine and discovered an article on collecting vintage Halloween. After a quick survey of some items on eBay, she was hooked.

Her love of Halloween collecting led her to set up a vintage Halloween collectibles website, Most of her vintage metal noisemakers were made by the American toymakers J. Chein & Co., Kirchof, T. Cohn and U.S. Metal Toy Manufacturing Co. A variety of other companies manufactured plastic and cardboard Halloween horns.

Fisher notes that most older noisemakers can be identified by their wooden handles. Newer pieces (beginning around the s) usually have plastic handles.

In their book Halloween Collectibles, authors Dan and Pauline Campanelli note that Halloween noisemakers bear a remarkable resemblance to those used on New Year's Eve. "They should," they wrote, "because Halloween to the Celts and other ancient people was the celebration of the end of the old agricultural year and the beginning of the new one.

"The purpose of making a great racket on this occasion was originally to drive away the creatures of cold, darkness, death and decay, which were the frightening realities of winter to our pagan ancestors."

Some of the earliest noisemakers to have survived are made of wood and pressed cardboard. The crude, mostly ratchet-type designs, are among the most prized of the Halloween pieces and can fetch prices of $, $ and even higher.

Much of the reason for the increasing values of Halloween noisemakers and collectibles revolves around their artwork and scarcity. Unlike Christmas decorations, which often were handed down from generation to generation, Halloween collectibles often were viewed as disposable. Even collectors limiting themselves to the major American manufacturers likely will find their living space overrun by their accumulation, since there are literally hundreds of types, styles and designs.

Among the most bewitching graphically are tin noisemakers produced by J. Chein & Co., a New York-based metal stamping operation run by Julius Chein. The company is also known for producing some of the earliest tin prizes in Cracker Jack boxes.

Two of its Halloween designs are particularly prized - one showing two costumed boys frightening a small girl with a giant carved jack-o-lantern and a second showing children at a Halloween gala bobbing for apples.


Kenrick Antique Mall, Watson Rd. # Kenrick Plaza, Shrewsbury, Mo. , Phone:

Nestled back off old Route 66 in a strip center of shops and businesses, Kenrick is one of the lesser known of St. Louis area antique centers. That may be all the better for local treasure hunters who still can pick up wonderful bargains at the mid-size center. Filled with a mix of legitimate pre collectibles and garage sale knickknacks, the center is well-lit, always neat and professionally managed.

Best known for its vintage glassware and furniture, it also showcases an eclectic grouping of everything from vintage cowboy and Western collectibles to rare coins. Among the items recently for sale:

  • s Davy Crockett pith helmet with original chin strap: $40
  • Made in Japan celluloid bride and groom figures, in good condition with some light denting: $20
  • s Cub Scout 5X plastic telescope with original box: $20
  • St. Louis World's Fair sterling silver spoon: $45
  • Misc. old black and white "instant relatives" family photos: $ each
  • Royal Doulton porcelain Sherlock Holmes bust entitled "The Sleuth" with box: $55
  • Circa musical zither, "The Columbia," in good condition: $




Mark B. Ledenbach's vintage Halloween collectibles blog.

It’s great to see some surprising results in the tin litho segment. US Metal Toy recycled this graphic from several smaller form factor noisemakers they had produced. They s t r e t c h e d the graphic to “fit” the larger form factor called for with a tambourine, resulting in an item that isn’t too interesting. The stretching resulted in a 6” tambourine without a fixed appearance. (To see what I mean, check out page ) I think this was a short-lived product, produced in the early s, accounting for its rarity today.


T. Cohn produced two designs of what I call putty knife clangers during the s. Neither comes up for sale or auction often. (In fact, I can’t recall the last time I saw this one come available.) It looks to be in excellent condition. The tin litho market segment has been cold for many years, but there have been signs of thawing. The more unusual designs and pretty much any item in near-mint or better condition have been bringing solid dollars.

01/24 Update: This sold for $, solid dollars, indeed.


The star of the lot is the pair of cymbals. They were made by the Gotham Stamping and Die Corporation of NYC. These rarely surface and typically fetch $

09/13 Update: This lot brought $, a very strong result, indeed.


This seller, wildzombie, is far poorer than they could have been had they offered this very desirable tin litho horn produced by Kirchhof as an auction rather than the ill-advised BIN offering of $ These have changed hands for upwards of $ The colors and overall condition are exceptional with this example. Someone got a VERY good deal. I hope the seller realized their error when the listing concluded in 14 minutes.


The seller states that this tin litho tambourine “needs” a new home. One way to hasten the finding of a new abode is to offer it at a reasonable price. It is being offered at $ with an invitation to make an offer, a sure tip-off that a seller knows the asking price is ridiculous. I’d say a reasonable offer given the softness of the market segment is in the $ range.


This is the most common Halloween tin tambourine out there. Made during the s when cuteness reigned supreme, these don’t bring much especially when not in near-mint+ condition. Hence, this was a strong result for the seller.


I haven’t seen this design come up for sale too often lately. Bugle Toy of Providence, RI made some of the most avant-garde tin litho decorations of any of its competitors. The ending price seems strong.


This tin litho pan clanger was produced in Germany during the late s. It is quite rare, so even with its missing back clapper it is worth far more than the $35 the seller asked for in by listing it as a BIN.


Don’t overlook this little gem produced by Chein during the s. The choice of colors is odd given that they don’t connote anything to indicate it is a Halloween scene, but if you look closely the conclusion is unavoidable.


This listing lasted a scant few minutes as some savvy buyer saw the seller had made a major error in offering this desirable Kirchhof tin litho horn for about one-quarter of what it would have fetched had they just started it at $ and let an auction run its course.


This seller, who routinely vastly overprices her items, is asking $ for this lot. This nosebleed price is significantly higher than the component parts would warrant. For the wish-upon-a-star price, you’d think the seller would provide a host of decent photos rather than making a potential buyer guess as to condition.


Here’s the steal of the week! The seller listed this with a BIN of $75, about one-quarter what this tambourine would have brought given its superb condition. Some lucky buyer scooped this up within 4 minutes of the listing going live.


This noisemaker is one of the hardest Kirchhof tin items to find - and I say that even though another one sold within the month. That one seemed to be in far lesser condition and brought the still surprisingly low price of $ Kirchhof sold this as one of a pair. I feel this is the more interesting of the two. Turn to page to see the other design.

02/18 Update: This brought $, much more in line with what this typically brings. The other one mentioned above was a true outlier, even given the lesser condition.


This seller has listed a large number of desirable tin litho noisemakers that are worth checking out.


When I saw what this seller set as the minimum bid price for this OK lot of relatively common tin litho noisemakers I laughed aloud. For that price I wonder if they are planning to toss in the pictured hand soap? If the seller would be open to offers, a reasonable offer would be no more than $


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I&#;m a little crazy obsessive about vintage Halloween stuff. I don&#;t have a big collection, just a few things. But last year I bought Mark Ledenbach&#;s Vintage Halloween Collectibles Identification & Price Guide &#; and this book is invaluable. EVERY page is filled with photographs and an each item has an estimated value. I can only imagine the hundreds of hours it took to research it all.

Anyway, I found this mini collection of vintage Halloween noise makers on Etsy today, and I had a hunch this listing was a good deal. I dug up my book and found 4 of the 5 toys  listed. Total top value for these (clockwise from left) 1 &#; Unknown, but probably between $$20, 2 &#; $10, 3 & 4 &#; $20 each, and 5 &#; $ The Etsy listing has all of them for $

Does that mean this seller is under-pricing these Halloween collectibles? I don&#;t know about that &#; these pricing guides are just that &#; &#;guides&#;. Most of the time they quote upper-end pricing, which is definitely not what you could count on getting if you chose to resell the items. Plus, the economy and demand will always affect prices, and right now those aren&#;t working in a collector&#;s favor.

That being said, if I were sitting on an extra $40, I&#;d snatch these up. But since today my extra $40 is getting saved to buy stuff for my own Etsy shop, I&#;m going to have to pass. Which is why I hope one of you buy them, so that I can live vicariously through you. 🙂

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Vintage Halloween Noisemakers

I love everything weird and colorful in this world and I try to live a life that will make the world a little better once I'm gone.

Antique & Vintage Halloween Noisemakers

Part of what I really love about Halloween is its fantastic imagery. Vintage Halloween toys and decorations show some of the most interesting, weird, and spooky, depictions of classic Halloween motifs.

The black cats, jack-o-lanterns, witches, and bats featured on these toys defined what Halloween is today. Trick-or-treating was a joyous event, and these toys were used in the parade from house to house, as well as at Halloween parties.

Collectors are lined up for these types of items. The popularity for them is growing immensely, especially in recent years. Take a look at some of the Halloween noisemakers of days gone by.

Vintage Halloween Postcard Featuring a Boy with a Noisemaker

Types of Vintage Halloween Noisemakers

There are several different types of noisemakers, each with their own unique un-musical sound.

  • Tambourines
  • Clickers
  • Clangers
  • Bells
  • Horns
  • Ratchets
  • Rattles
  • Tin Can Rattles
  • Whistles

The Owl and The Frog

Halloween noisemakers were cheap toys. The companies that made them made noisemakers for other seasons as well, and sometimes they used the same mold for the Halloween noisemakers.

The Kirchof Toy Company used the same mold for the Halloween Owl clicker noisemaker as they used for a frog in other seasons. The owl, however, was much louder.

Tambourine Noisemakers

Tambourine Style Noisemakers

The tambourine style noisemakers are loved by collectors especially because they are great on display. The round flat area of the tambourine is perfect for the graphic, and it makes these items a wonderful add to a vintage Halloween collection.

The graphics on these noisemakers are amazing! This devil tambourine is a great example of the kind of scary imagery that made Halloween so fun years ago, and that lead Halloween to be the scary fun holiday it is today.

Vintage Postcard of a Young Child - too young for Trick-or-Treat, but not too young for a noisemaker!

Antique Halloween Noisemakers

Vintage Halloween Collectibles: An Identification & Price Guide

Vintage Halloween Noisemakers

At the height of their popularity (s - s), Halloween noisemakers were used by trick or treaters as they made their trek from house to house.

Often kids would try to stay quiet and sneak onto someone's porch, and then all at once ring their noisemakers trying to scare the person inside.

Aside from scaring people with a noisemaker, the other main use was one that could not be avoided when handing a child a noisemaker: annoyance. Kids would annoy anyone and everyone they could with one of these noisemakers. (Who wouldn't?)

Make Your Own Vintage Style Halloween Noisemaker

Horn Style Noisemakers

I love the horn style noisemakers because they let the kid use their own lungs to help make the sound - as loud as they want! Also, they were often made nice and long, so they are a great addition to a collection as a showpiece.

All Smiles Creepy Creepy Smiles

One thing I love about the graphics on vintage noisemakers and other vintage Halloween items is that they are smiling.

They're smiling, but it's never a happy-go-lucky smile. It's always a spooky he's-crazy-and-about-to-kill-me smile.

Take this vintage Halloween bell noisemaker for example. It has a cat, a jack-o-lantern, a witch, and two moons, all with spooky smiles.

I guess they let the kids see what they want to see in the image - a happy Halloween character, or a figure that just might snap and eat your face off.


Virginia Allain from Central Florida on September 26,

I like vintage Halloween items like the black cardboard cats or the orange heavy fiber jack-o-lanterns.

mcstacy on July 24,

I never had a Halloween noise maker, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading about them. Great lens.

gaminglaptops on October 31,

Love this old-time stuff.

anonymous on October 31,

they really have nice design. nice lens.

Blonde Blythe from U.S.A. on October 31,

Those vintage Halloween noisemakers are too cool! I love the graphics!

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on October 31,

I remember having a noisemaker every year at Halloween. Wow, brings back memories!

flycatcherrr on September 21,

Oh, I remember finding one of those old clickers in my grandparent's attic chambers one summer, when I was a bored little kid just poking around. Funny how those simple toys like noisemakers could be so entertaining. I wish some of these things were still current when I was a kid.

Linda F Correa from Spring Hill Florida on October 10,

This lens is just plain fun

Sabre on October 05,

I LOVE stuff like this!

emmaklarkins on October 04,

Wow, thanks! You learn something new every day!

HomesteadingChic on October 04,

How cute! I wouldn't have thought of these. :)

GypsyLyric LM on October 04,

I don't know that I had ever even thought if these - although I'm sure I knew they existed. What fun, and how I wish they had still been in fashion when I was trick-or-treating. Well said about why kids like to use them!


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