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The Goblins Next Door: 1911

The Goblins Next Door: 1911

November 1911. "Thanksgiving maskers." A door-to-door ritual for kids in costume back when Thanksgiving was a kind of proto-Halloween. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

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Trick or Turkey?

SNL had a skit last week incorporating this concept. Is there really some historic basis for it?

When did costumes switch holidays?

I remember reading about costumed children on Thanksgiving in the book "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn."

When did dressing up make the jump to Halloween? Was it a gradual transition? Was this also a regional difference in the US?

Ragamuffin Day

My mother grew up in the 1930s in northern New Jersey. They had "Ragamuffin Day" the night before Thanksgiving. The preferred treats were nuts and apples.

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