Happy Halloween! Keeping with the holiday spirit, I have selected two “spooktacular” images from the NSHS Photograph Archives.
The people of Sargent, Nebraska awoke on November 1, 1912 to find that tricksters had been busy the night before on Halloween. In the photograph above, seven buggies and wagons have mysteriously found their way to the roof of Ottun & Martin building. Tricks and pranks were common occurrences during Halloween at the turn of the 20th century.
Not much is known about the little Halloween cuties in this photograph. Their costumes appear to be homemade. From left to right, we have a gypsy, two clowns, a witch, and possibly another witch. The little girl at the far right is wearing a dress covered in jack-o-lantern appliqués. The photograph was likely taken in the early 1920s.
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