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The 1907 Los Angeles Herald features well-known Halloween customs, like mischievous pranks and Jack-O-Lanterns, but also the obscure, like forecasting the matrimonial futures of lovers. Originating as a blend of mythology and Christian superstitions, Halloween is celebrated on the eve of All Saints’ or All Hallows Day with the belief that spirits of the dead are amongst us. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.


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Important Dates:

  • October 31 Hallowe'en is celebrated.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] All Hallow Eve, All Saints Day, Hallowe'en, Halloween, Hallowmas, celebration, party
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.

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