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Source: Games for Halloween

Hallow-e'en or Hallow-Even is the last night of October, being the eve

or vigil of All-Hallow's or All Saint's Day, and no holiday in all the

year is so informal or so marked by fun both for grown-ups as well as

children as this one. On this night there should be nothing but

laughter, fun and mystery. It is the night when Fairies dance, Ghosts,

Witches, Devils and mischief-making Elves wander around. It is the

night when all sorts of charms and spells are invoked for prying into

the future by all young folks and sometimes by folks who are not


In getting up a Hallow-e'en Party everything should be made as secret

as possible, and each guest bound to secrecy concerning the


Any of the following forms of invitations might be used.


Witches and Choice Spirits of Darkness

will hold High Carnival at my house,

..............Wednesday, October 31st,

at eight o'clock. Come prepared to test

your fate.

Costume, Witches, Ghosts, etc.



Miss Ethel Jones will expect to see

you at her Hallow-e'en Party Wednesday,

Oct. 31st, at 8 o'clock. She begs

that you will come prepared to

participate in the mysteries and rites of All

Hallow's Eve, and to wear a costume

appropriate to the occasion.



On Wednesday, Oct. 31st, at 8 o'clock,

I shall celebrate Hallow-e'en and hope

that you will come and participate in the

mysteries and rites of All Hallow's Eve,

so come prepared to learn your fate.


The room or rooms in which most of the games are to be played should

be decorated as grotesquely as possible with Jack-o'-lanterns made

from apples, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, etc., with incisions made

for eyes, nose and mouth and a lighted candle placed within.

Jack-o'-lanterns for the gas jets may be made of paste board boxes

about the size of a shoe box. Cut holes for eyes, nose and mouth in

all four sides of the box and cover the holes with red or green tissue

paper. A black box with the openings covered with red tissue paper or

vice versa or white and green make good combinations.

Cut a hole in the bottom of the box just large enough to fit over the

gas jet, turning the gas low enough to not burn the box.

In addition to this Jack-o'-lanterns made from pumpkins, etc., should

be placed around on tables, mantles, corners, etc.

A skull and cross bones placed over the door entering the house would

be very appropriate. The hall should be in total darkness except for

the light coming from the Jack-o'-lanterns of all shapes and sizes in

various places.

Autumn leaves, green branches, apples, tomatoes and corn should also

play an important part in the decorations. Black and yellow cheese

cloth or crepe paper makes very effective and inexpensive decorations.

The dining-room should be decorated with autumn leaves, golden rod,

yellow chrysanthemums, strings of cranberries, etc. For a table center

piece a large pumpkin could be used with the top cut off and partly

filled with water in which a large bunch of yellow chrysanthemums or

golden-rod could be placed. Bay leaves can be scattered over the


Another idea for a center piece is a large pumpkin Jack-o'-lantern,

the top cut in large points with small chocolate mice in the notches

and scampering down the sides of the pumpkin (held in place by long

pins or a little glue) and over the table.

Place cards representing pumpkins, black cats, witches' hats, witches,

brownies, etc., are appropriate.

If one is not an artist in water color painting, some of the cards

could be cut from colored bristol board or heavy paper. The witches'

hats of black or brown paper with a red ribbon band; the cats of black

paper showing a back view may have a red or yellow ribbon necktie; the

pumpkins of yellow paper with the sections traced in ink or notched a

trifle and black thread drawn between the notches.

Any of these designs could be used for an invitation for a children's

party, by writing on the reverse side: "Will you please come to my

party on Wednesday, October 31st" with the name and address of the

little host or hostess, using white ink on black paper.

The dining-room should also be in total darkness, except for the light

given by the Jack-o'-lanterns, until the guests are seated, when they

should unmask. The supper could be served in this dim light or the

lights turned up and the room made brilliant. After the supper is over

and while the guests are still seated a splendid idea would be to

extinguish all the lights and to have one or more of the party tell

ghost stories.

Have a large pumpkin on a stand or table from which hang as many

ribbons as there are guests. Have one end of the ribbon attached to a

small card in the pumpkin on which may be a little water color sketch

of pumpkin, apples, witch, ghost or other appropriate design together

with a number. Have red ribbon for the girls and yellow ribbon for the

boys, with corresponding numbers. Let each guest draw a ribbon from

the pumpkin and find their partner by number.

Another suggestion is to have the hall totally dark with the door ajar

and no one in sight to welcome the guests. As they step in they are

surprised to be greeted by some one dressed as a ghost who extends his

hand which is covered with wet salt.

The following games and tests of fate and fortune will furnish

entertainment for children small and children of a larger growth. Of

course, prying into the future with these tests at any other time,

they may not prove infallible, but on the Eve of All Saint's Day, when

all the elves, the fairies, goblins and hobgoblins are at large

playing pranks and teasing and pleasing, why should they not "come



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