by David Cardillo, DDNP staff
As mentioned last year, Halloween parties have been a common event in Delaware at this time of year, and have been so over the past century or so. Now that more material has been digitized for this project, the Middletown Transcript of October 30, 1915 can give an idea of how some Halloween decorations looked and were designed.
To set the proper ambience for a Halloween party, one needed to have ghosts. Thus using a chair, a broom, a mask, and some pillow cases, and following the instructions in this issue of the Middletown Transcript, one can turn this –
– into this –
The article further describes how to make a witch’s cauldron and mentions something about using walnut shells to enclose pieces of paper leading to a “fortune hunt.”
All things considered, most of these things could be used either alone or in conjunction with modern technology to create an entirely spooktacular Halloween party experience for young children.
For more Halloween ideas, visit Chronicling America and use the search term, “Halloween,” “Halloween decorations,” or “Halloween Parties.”