From the Archive: Halloween greetings!

by Lesley Drayton, Curator, Local History Archive

As you don your costumes this Halloween and gear up for trick or treating, apple bobbing, and consuming copious amounts of candy, take some inspiration of good cheer from these images of a Halloween party held in Fort Collins around the 1910s. We don’t know who is in these pictures, but it certain seems like they were having a terrifyingly good time!

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The folks at the Preston Farm, located along County Road 9, certainly knew how to decorate for the season. Seven jack-o-lanterns haunt the fence in this photograph taken circa 1900.

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Finally, check out this eerie postcard sent to Flossie Jones of Greeley, Colorado in 1913 by her soon-to-be husband. The clock strikes midnight, a mirror and candle float in the air, and the young lady brews a potion revealing the image of, perhaps, her future beau? “What’s meant for thee, Thee’ll have” are the ominous words drifting above the cauldron….spooky!

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3 Responses to “From the Archive: Halloween greetings!”


  1. 1 Robyn October 26, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    I think we need to bring “thee” back. I’d never thought to use it in a contraction, but thee’ll be hearing it more often if I have anything to say about it. I thank thee for sharing such great Halloween history!

  2. 2 DenzelWP November 2, 2009 at 2:16 am

    Hey , Did you have a happy Haloween?

  3. 3 tricksterfox October 1, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    These are really interesting, thank you for sharing!!


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