Left: Saturday Evening Post,
October 30, 1909
By the early 20th century, the American celebration of Halloween
had taken shape.
Halloween Postcard (ID: 00.694.30.181)
This 1910 postcard captured the mysterious and deliciously scary
imagery of the holiday.
Halloween: An American Holiday
Immigrants who came to America brought their folk traditions
and religious beliefs with them to the New World. By the early
1900s, customs derived from folk superstitions of the British
Isles, observances of the Catholic Church, and traditional American
harvest celebrations had converged into a "witches brew"
of traditions that created the American holiday of Halloween.
Jeanine Head Miller, Curator of Domestic Life,
Leisure & Entertainment