Charms of the Witching Hour

Ya know, when I was a kid I was really fearful of the “witching hour.” I wasn’t quite sure what it was, but my assumption was that it involved the inside of my closet coming to life with horrors in the middle of the night, which is why I always triple-checked that my closet door was tightly shut before I went to sleep.

But if I had been familiar with this vintage Halloween postcard, I might not have been so worried. Observe the rather pleasant, or at least non-gruesome, elements: Jolly full moon/jack-o-lantern; cheerful rosy-cheeked old woman (presumably a witch) riding a hobby horse/broom (or is it a hobby kangaroo?); bundles of hay; and a playful white cat. These images seem like the antitheses of traditional Halloween icons.

The only aspect that remains somewhat true to the holiday’s horrific heritage are the black bats, but even they seem far from menacing. So enjoy this postcard. Absorb it into your psyche. And sleep better knowing the closet is filled with not-so-bad things after all.

Vintage Halloween Postcard


Don’t look at the dogs, work the lock! You looked at the dogs!

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