Hallowe'en Parties and Familiar Sports
Some of the Games That Will Be Very Popular at the Gathering Tomorrow Night
Tomorrow night is Halloween and the bad boys will play more pranks than Peck's Bad Boy, while the girls will walk backward to mirrors, look down the well, and jump over candles in an endeavor to find out who their future mate will be and how long it will be until that event takes place.
There are times when the good fairies are said to be about. Halloween is not one of them. All the good ones go to bed at dark on that evening and leave the revelry to the mischievous ones. And it is high revelry they hold.
The evening is that preceding All Hallow's day and from that it takes its name. The playing of pranks on that evening is a custom amos as old as the giving of gifts on Christmas Eve.
The bogie man also stalks abroad on Halloween. The bogie man in this day is the jack o' lantern made out of a good sized pumpkin with eyes, nose and ears hollowed out and is lighted with a candle. No Halloween party is complete without a bogie man, in fact, there should be no light except the subdued light for a Halloween party partakes of the weird and should have half-light in which the fairies revel.
One of the oldest Halloween games is bobbing for apples. The effort to catch an apple in your teeth and remove it from a tub two-thirds full of water, while your hands are tied behind you will furnish plenty of amusement for the spectators, while to you is the additional gratification of knowing that the apple will bear the initial or name of your companion.
The snatching of chestnuts and raisins from a plate of blazing alcohol is another weird pasttime of Halloween and is about the only one that is not supposed to have an effect on the future.
Some of the best known of Halloween games are as follows:
The Halloween pranks are generally harmless, though annoying, and seldom go further than the misplacing of gates and other articles.
Halloween will be celebrated in this city by quite a number of Halloween parties.
|The preceding article was published in the Fort Smith News Record, Oct. 30, 1903, on page 7.|