Halloween in 1908

At the turn of the 20th century Halloween became more focused on family fun and community events. News outlets encouraged parents and party planners to remove any ties to superstition, witchcraft and frightening lore from their celebrations. The holiday was often observed through seasonal foods, costumes and games.

These postcards depict typical Halloween imagery from 1908. Although sinister symbols such as devils, witches, and black cats can still be seen in the artwork, the main focus of the images shows the more family focused traditions of the time, including bobbing for apples and gathering for a harvest feast.

*This article was written by Jen Ratliff for use by Salem State University Archives and Special Collections. Images above are from their collections. 

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