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Oct 28

Halloween Memories

Halloween is just a few days away and many people will pass out candy to young trick-or-treaters very soon. Years ago this was also known as Beggar’s Night.

When Joe and I were first married we lived in Celina I noticed a difference between trick-or-treating in the country and trick-or-treating in town. When I was young I went only to the homes of people we knew–family, friends, and our rural neighbors. People would try to guess who was behind the mask. Everyone knew everyone. But trick-or-treat night in town was totally different from what I was used to. Many trick-or-treaters came to our house and I did not know any of them. There was no guessing who the kids were. Nevertheless, it was fun and we passed out a lot of candy.

I don’t recall ever dressing up in Halloween costumes at school, but they did when my mom went to school at Zion Lutheran Parochial School at Schumm.

Below are two photos of vintage, and probably partially homemade, Halloween costumes worn by the students at Schumm’s parochial school. This was likely during the1940s and my mom, Florence (Schumm), was one of the students. But which one? It is impossible to tell, but I think I know. Her two sisters were probably also in the photo.

Schumm Parochial School

Halloween, Zion Lutheran Parochial School, Schumm, Ohio.

Another photo that looks like it was taken at the same time as the above photo, but with fewer children. These look like the younger students.

Zion Lutheran Parochial School at Schumm.

Zion Lutheran Parochial School at Schumm.

Their masks were really sort of creepy but I am sure the students enjoyed dressing up for Halloween at school and getting sweet treats.

It is too bad that we do not know who these little goblins were.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

1 comment

  1. Marian Wood

    Fascinating costumes. None of today’s cutesy stuff, just authentic, old fashioned spookiness. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos from the past.

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