17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, October 31, 1912: And this is Halloween. What a pity it is that I’m not out having a good time, and I’ve never had that pleasure either.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Poor Grandma—It’s too bad that she missed all the fun. I’d be bummed, too.
Here’s what was happening in nearby Milton on Halloween, 1912:
HALLOWEEN PARTIES AND MASQUERADERS MADE NIGHT GAY
Young Folks and Old Enjoyed Selves in Various Ways
Streets Were Filled with Merrymakers
Milton was the scene of high carnival last night. Chattering and laughing, it was a merry throng that wandered up and down the length of Broadway and Front last night for hours attired in costumes that represented every character and nation under the sun, and in some costumes that didn’t represent anything in particular. . .
Milton Evening Standard (November 1, 1912)