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Halloween Merrymaking by: Diane C Arkins
Halloween Merrymaking by: Diane C Arkins
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Halloween Merrymaking: An Illustrated Celebration of Fun, Food, and Frolics from Halloweens Past by: Diane C Arkins
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Author: Diane C Arkins
Binding: Hard Cover with dust jacket
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 112
Size: 8.25 x 9.5 in.

Product Code: SO-PEL-2004-158980113X-WH3

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"October, the golden month, when Nature having reaped a wonder harvest of beauty, wastes it like a spendthrift for our joy! What hostess can fail of success in entertaining this month when there are autumn leaves, flowers, 'golden glorious,' and vines flushing with crimson, to bedeck the table?"
The Housekeeper, October 1910

For late-October revelers, Halloween has traditionally been filled with surprise. Contemporary readers, though, might be amazed to discover how vastly differently this popular holiday was celebrated in America during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Halloween observances staged between the late 1870s and the early 1930s -- a period often referred to as the holiday's "Golden Age" -- routinely boasted decorations gleaned from nature, clever homemade party favors, winsome (not gruesome) masquerade attire, and intriguing old, old-fashioned games that were often designed to divine the identity of one's future mate.

Halloween Merrymaking: An Illustrated Celebration of Fun, Food, and Frolics from Halloweens Past offers a fascinating glimpse at material from a vast assortment of the vintage party guides and magazines that guided intrepid hostesses in their quests to stage parties worthy of the holiday's reputation for mystery and fun. Filled with illustrations and mementos, Halloween Merrymaking pays splendid tribute to the imaginative festivities of yesteryear.


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