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A little late for Halloween but an interesting look at Halloween, circa 1948. This photo was taken at the Reed Park Pavilion in Freeport, Illinois. The people are workers from the W.T. Rawleigh Company in that city. My mother is fifth from the left in the apple line. View full size.
Halloween 1957, or "Tterrace and the Haunted Door Lock." Must be a dry run, since it's still daylight outside. My sister did the pumpkin decoration with an early felt-tip marker, and took this 2-1/4 square transparency. I'm 11. View full size.
New York, November 1911. "Scramble for pennies -- Thanksgiving." Before Halloween came into its own as a holiday in this country, there was "Thanksgiving masking," where kids would dress up and go door to door for apples, or "scramble for pennies." George Grantham Bain Collection glass negative. View full size.