As a holiday, Halloween came into its own in the early 1920s, when parties were primarily for adults. Guests would play
(The practice of going door-to-door for candy actually didn't come into vogue until after World War II, when Halloween morphed into a holiday mainly for children.) The zenith of Halloween items both in variety and design was from about 1919 until 1935, when American discounters such as Woolworth's and Kresge encouraged expert German artisans to craft unique items for the growing American holiday market. Many of the lanterns, candy containers and figures from this period were made in homes or very small firms, from either a fixed design or a mold, and all were hand-decorated. The overall quantity of items produced was quite small, resulting in a limited supply of these spooky treasures today.