If you are lucky to have lived in a (very) small town, this might ring a trick-or-treat bell.
In addition to births and graduations, awards and engagement announcements, newspapers often carried a report of an illness, a promotion or a bumper blueberry crop. At eleven, I remember being impressed to see my name in print after visiting my grandparents in rural Idaho. “A lovely visit was had by all. Iced tea and apple bread were served.” How did they know? In hindsight, perhaps my grandmother submitted the details. However, an out-of-state car parked on a three-block Main Street was noticeable.
Here is a precious example of an event featured in 1926. The sixteen children attending included two Ruth’s, two Betty’s, one Myrtle and two boys. This notice, and the following items, were found together in my trove of “an only daughter of an only daughter” treasures.
This event started with an invitation to kindergarten friends and neighbors. This jack o’lantern garland is one of the decorations that “carried out the Hallow’een motive so dear to the hearts of youngsters.” Each of the dual-sided faces express such personality.
I have not found a makers mark, but believe the garland was made by Beistle.
See how the eyes have changed direction? This little pumpkin below maybe distressed because the price was marked on his face.
Cute in 1926, and hanging out today
I am less enthusiastic about these graphics, so they stay in the box. Something is frightening as all the characters are running or flying away. The image on the right may be a manifestation of a Halloween “turducken”. A flying pumpkin in a witches hat?
A few bright orange and black crepe paper nut cups remain.
What might a hostess wear to play “appropriate Hallow’een games”?