On this Halloween, like many other holidays, it’s fun to ask: what did people do to celebrate one hundred (or so) years ago? I’d like to share a few findings from Alaska Historic Newspapers that demonstrate differences and similarities.
Notable in news coverage is the association between specific vandalism involving the theft of wheels and taking the hinges off gates:
As Smithsonian Magazine points out, children pulled Halloween pranks due to the mischievous nature of the night, the one day out of the year when ghosts and goblins haunted the streets freely:
These pranks, which still manifest in the form of plastering houses with eggs and throwing toilet paper rolls up on tree branches, co-mingled with tamer activities.
Many papers report masquerade balls and parties held, not unlike the current custom of dressing in costume and attending themed festivities:
However you choose to celebrate Halloween night, whether with a costume, a party, trick or treats- or all of these, please do so safely.