18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, October 27, 1913: At last and for the first time Ruth is going to pay back some of the entertaining she owes. She is going to give a Halloween Masquerade party. I suggested it over a month ago. I almost gave the thing up last week, but now the invitations are out and I’m fixing things up to beat the kill.
“Invitations written on post cards decorated with button-face freaks Iike those shown will be unique.”
Ladies Home Journal (October, 1913)
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
What fun! Grandma and her sister Ruth were doing to have a Halloween party.
The October, 1913 issue of both Ladies Home Journal and McCall’s Magazine included directions for Halloween parties. As Grandma and Ruth prepare for their party over the next few days, I’ll share what the magazines said.
Today, I’m sharing the instructions for making invitations. The direction in Ladies Home Journal are above. Here are the directions in McCalls:
Buy a ten-cent package of black-witch silhouettes, or cut them out yourself, and paste it in the lower corner of the invitation. Across the top write the following:
Attend, attend, attend:
Lend an ear!
The witches are back,
They’re all come here!
They buried them deep,
But they won’t be still
On All Saints’ Eve,
When the winds blow chill.
They’ll meet you here.
At the hour of eight
Come, see queer things
And learn your fate.
On the reverse side of the card the address is written.
Incidentally, the poem from which the above verses are parodies is entitled “The Broomstick Train” by Oliver Wendell Holmes.
McCall’s Magazine (October, 1913)