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Left: Saturday Evening Post, October 30, 1909
By the early 20th century, the American celebration of Halloween had taken shape.

Right: Halloween Postcard (ID: 00.694.30.181)
This 1910 postcard captured the mysterious and deliciously scary imagery of the holiday.

October 2003

Halloween: An American Holiday Filled with
Unearthly Delights

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.

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Jeanine Head Miller, Curator of Domestic Life,
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