Halloween is my absolute all-time favorite holiday, and last year I discovered a handful of historic photographs on the WV History on View website depicting Halloween festivities in West Virginia! These are my favorites! I hope you're having a much better Halloween than I am. Stay safe out there...and stay spooky!
This photo dates to 1919 and shows a group of young people in Nitro, WV headed to a masquerade party! Nitro was a WWI boom town, named by the federal government after nitrocellulose, the main ingredient used in the ammunitions that were manufactured there during the war. This picture comes from a little less than a year after the war's end, when hopefully there was much to celebrate that Halloween!
Is this a Halloween parade? Maybe a New Year's belsnickeling/mumming parade? The description from the WV History on View website only denotes that it is from Beechurst Avenue in Morgantown, West Virginia. I love these costumes, especially the masks! There is something so magical about vintage, homemade costumes that really evokes a sense of Halloween for me! Let me know in the comments below what YOUR favorite costume was growing up, and if it was store-bought or homemade!
Happy Halloween from Theresa's Haunted History of the Tri-State!