Manufacturers & Halloween, v.3: Making the House Haunted with Decorations

By October 30, 2005General

halloween.jpgWhen it comes time to decorate, count on the Beistle Company for your one-stop haunted headquarters for all things Halloween. That’s because the Beistle Company is the oldest and largest manufacturer of decorations and party goods. They manufacture just about everything that you’d come to expect to find at a properly decorated Halloween party–the confetti, cutouts, danglers, garland, centerpieces, table covers-oh, and did we mention the six-and-a-half foot haunted clock? In all, some 334 products for Halloween. Here’s a link to see their complete list. If you’re not sure where you can find their products, here is a link.

The company was founded in 1900 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by Martin Luther Beistle. Mr. Beistle started his company in the basement of his Pennsylvania home crafting decor for hotel lobbies with his wife and brother-in-law. In the beginning, Beistle lines consisted mainly of artificial plants and wooden products. The company had early success by becoming the first producer of honeycombed tissue to the United States. This helped the company thrive until World War II which was the only period in the history of Beistle during which no decorative products were produced. Parachutes and water-tight shipment wrappings became the war era production focus.

Today, the Shippensburg, Pennsylvania-based company has outlived other American holiday decoration companies and competes successfully against growing competition from China. The company publishes a 400-page catalogue with some 3,000 items for all occasions-not just Halloween. While the product lines have expanded over the years, the one thing that remains is their strong family ties: M.L. Beistle’s great-great-granddaughter, Tricia Lacy is President of the firm.

Tune in tomorrow, October 31st, for our final installment of Manufacturers & Halloween