Saturday, September 27, 2014

Old Satan Himself

While conducting research I often visit Genealogy and search their historical  newspapers. While doing some research for a family in Missouri I came across this article from the October 23, 1920 Kansas City Star newspaper out of Kansas City, Missouri.  I couldn't help but find it perfect to share with all of you especially with Halloween right around the corner.
October 31 Is Date of Witches’ and
Goblins’ Annual Frelie
Sunday is a poor day for devils
and hobgoblins, but their one day
on earth this year will be Sunday.
October 31, the eve of All Saints
Day – Hallowe’en. It may be that
the good fairies and the good
ghosts that surely will be out Sun-
day, will frighten away the devils
and witches, but there is no his-
torical foundation for the state-
ment, Hallowe’en is Hallowe’en,
history shows, and has been for
thirteen hundred years, regardless
of whether it fell on Sunday, Fri-
day or any other day.
   Pumpkin devils with fiery eyes, cats
as black as midnight, and cone-hatted
witches astride broomsticks will be as
numerous in Kansas City this year as in
years gone by, dealers in Hallowe’en goods
declare. Black cates with green eyes and
white whiskers can be seen peeking out
from behind big red devils with ugly black
horns, in the stores downtown. Near
them are little white pumpkin devils with
red noses, medium sized pumpkinheads
with big blue eyes, and large, yellow
pumpkins with big, scary eyes. And there
are the wide-eyed bats, the wise old owls
and the image of old Satan himself. There
are hats and masks for would be witches, and
masks and robes for the ghosts of witches’
night. There are rattlers, squawkers,
whistles and horns for noise; marshmal-
llows for toasting, pumpkins for pies, ap-
ples to bob for.
   Even the florists are entering into the
spirit, and while they know of no par-
ticular flower for Hallowe’en, big, yel-
low chrysanthemums’ and the newer
reddish-brown tritomas are being pre-
pared for use in decorations. There are
new designs in invitations, place cards,
menu and dance folders, but they all con-
tain black cats and witches.
   Books of Hallowe’en games give new
amusements and forfeits. The old
Games, too, are detailed. We will have
almost the same Hallowe’en our great-
grandfathers had, and the same our
great-grandchildren will enjoy.