Shelton-Mason County Journal - Dedicated to the citizens of Mason County, Washington since 1886

Halloween 1949


October 27, 2022

Courtesy of the Mason County Historical Museum

The corner of West Railroad Avenue and First Street in 1949.

On Oct. 27, 1949, a Shelton-Mason County Journal feature story began, "Imaginations of children run rampant on Hallowe'en night, Oct. 31. The evening is a combination of symbolic knick-knacks drawn from ancient beliefs, and warm parlors where the youngsters bob for apples, pin tails on horses, and eat donuts from a string. Hallowe'en, or properly All Hallows' Eve, is the eve before All Hallows, the festival of All Saints, which is Nov. 1. The holiday antedates Christ, the traditions going back to ancient pagans in Scotland and Ireland. The ancients believed that this was the one night in th...

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