Halloween 100 Years Ago

Halloween 100 Years Ago

Happy Halloween!

Do you remember trick-or-treating as a child on Halloween? Did you dress up in costumes? Halloween is a holiday full of long-standing traditions.

We decided to take a look through our collection of over 7 billion historical records to see what Halloween was like 100 years ago. Did our ancestors dress up and party like we do on October 31? Did they trick-or-treat?


[Credit: vintag.es]

Here’s what we found:

Costume parties:

The day book - Oct 20 1916

[From Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, 1836-1922; The day book – Oct 20, 1916]

Winners of this masquerade parade included a blonde lady, Zulu warrior, Martha Washington, fairy, and a miniature Charlie Chaplain:

In Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, 1836-1922 Harrisburg Telegraph Nov 1 1916

[From Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, 1836-1922; The Harrisburg Telegraph, Nov 1, 1916]

Do-it-yourself costumes, including pumpkin, cat and witch cut-outs:

The Fairmont West Virginian - Oct 27 1916 (MyHeritage SuperSearch)

[The Fairmont West Virginian; Oct 27, 1916 (MyHeritage SuperSearch)]

Street parade, complete with bedlam and “grotesque” costumes:

The daily telegram - Nov 1 1916

[The Daily Telegram; Nov 1, 1916]

General tricks and mischief:

The Topeka state journal - Oct 28 1916

[The Topeka State Journal; Oct 28, 1916]


[Bisbee Daily Review; Oct 29, 1916 (MyHeritage SuperSearch)]

What was Halloween like when you were growing up? How has it changed? Let us know in the comments below.