We rode our brooms back as far as 1913 to share original Halloween art with you.
Bobbing for Apples by J.C. Leyendecker
Before there were Rockwell covers, there was the great J.C. Leyendecker (a mentor to Rockwell). Leyendecker dressed up these adorable tykes for a neighborhood Halloween party in 1913—apple bobbing and all. This cuteness is quite the contrast with his Halloween cover ten years later (below).
Witches Night Out by J.C. Leyendecker
A creepy witch on a chilly, windy night – and a full harvest moon to illuminate her. Looking at her creepy face (sorry, lady), it is a little difficult to remember that this is the same artist famous for that rakishly handsome, chiseled-featured Arrow Shirt man and the slinky, elegant ladies and gentlemen in the 1920s Kuppenheimer clothing advertisements.
Halloween Fiddler by Norman Rockwell
A rarely seen Norman Rockwell cover from 1921 shows a fiddler at a Halloween get-together. It must be a lively tune, judging by the way he’s keeping time with a high-stepping foot. Rockwell did 36 covers for the Post’s sister publication, The Country Gentleman.
Lighting the Pumpkin by Eugene Iverd
This charming cover is from 1934. These kids are ready, dressed in their Halloween best and lighting a giant jack-o’-lantern. Artist Eugene Iverd did many of our best covers of children – see Artist Eugene Iverd’s World of Children, here.
Halloween, 1926 by Edgar Franklin Wittmack
This well-dressed young man is regretting going to that Halloween party – there is something very scary out there! This creepy cover is from 1926.
Witch’s Mask by Charles Kaiser
In this 1942 cover by artist Charles Kaiser, a little girl is frightened by the view of this witch’s mask through the window – which begs the question: was the witch winking before?
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nice to see these covers-it tells us that despite technology some things are still the same.