The traditional themes of jack-o-lanterns and witches flying on broomsticks were depicted by students in school artwork.
Hallowe'en of today has evolved from many old traditions. The jack-o-lantern is said to be a nod to an old Irish myth about 'stingy Jack' who had only a turnip and a piece of coal to light his path.
The trickery of Hallowe'en was carried on by immigrants to North America who had indulged in pranks and gags in the old country and brought the tradition with them to their new homeland. .
The Victorians, including Queen Victoria herself, liked to have parties. Games such as bobbing for apples were popular.
All Hallow's' Eve or Hallowe'en was celebrated in local schools. Most costumes were made out of oversized clothes and borrowed from family members. The trend was to have a ghastly mask as can be seen in the picture above.
Despite newer costumes and decorations following modern themes, the old traditions of Hallowe'en persist today.
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