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Halloween in San Antonio

October 26, 2015

Though the celebration of Halloween in San Antonio was common during most of the last century, there are few photographs related to it prior to the 1930s.   Numerous articles describing Halloween parties are found in local newspapers in the 1910s and 1920s. But none were accompanied with an illustration. The earliest Halloween images in our San Antonio Light Collection date from the late 1930s. By then, Halloween was celebrated with a variety of activities, including trick-or-treating by children wearing mass-produced costumes.

These Halloween photographs, from our collections, were taken by newspaper and commercial photographers.

Betty Ann Lowery and Donnie York holding jack-o’-lanterns, October 1938. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-1980-M)

Betty Ann Lowery and Donnie York holding jack-o’-lanterns, October 1938. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-1980-M)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween party in classroom at Agnes Cotton Elementary School, 1941. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-2896-B)

Halloween party in classroom at Agnes Cotton Elementary School, 1941. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-2896-B)

 

Halloween dance given by El Club Social TEA, early 1950s. (General Photograph Collection, MS 362: 101-0288)

Halloween dance given by El Club Social TEA, early 1950s. (General Photograph Collection, MS 362: 101-0288)

 

Staged photo illustrating trick-or-treating. Mrs. Giles Hawley gives candy to her grandchildren, the children of Imogene Hawley Moench (right), 1952. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-4401-D)

Staged photo illustrating trick-or-treating. Mrs. Giles Hawley gives candy to her grandchildren, the children of Imogene Hawley Moench (right), 1952. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-4401-D)

 

Mabel Johnson, wife of Dr. Ted Johnson, adjusts one of the life-size characters she created for a Halloween party in her home, 1952. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-4407-D)

Mabel Johnson, wife of Dr. Ted Johnson, adjusts one of the life-size characters she created for a Halloween party in her home, 1952. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-4407-D)

 

KENS-TV Halloween party for children at Municipal Auditorium, 1961. (Zintgraff Studio Collection, MS 355: Z-1308-L-27015)

KENS-TV Halloween party for children at Municipal Auditorium, 1961. (Zintgraff Studio Collection, MS 355: Z-1308-L-27015)

 

“Dumbo” the elephant at Halloween party at new game center in Alamo KOA Kampground, 1982. (San Antonio Express-News Collection, MS 360: E-0123-083)

“Dumbo” the elephant at Halloween party at new game center in Alamo KOA Kampground, 1982. (San Antonio Express-News Collection, MS 360: E-0123-083)

 

Trick-or-treaters in suburban neighborhood, 1988. (San Antonio Express-News Collection, MS 360: EN- 1988-10-31-9)

Trick-or-treaters in suburban neighborhood, 1988. (San Antonio Express-News Collection, MS 360: EN- 1988-10-31-9)

 

Valerie Garcia prepares to swing at a piñata at Halloween party in the Lavaca neighborhood, 1989. (San Antonio Express-News Collection, MS 360: EN- 1989-10-31-9)

Valerie Garcia prepares to swing at a piñata at Halloween party in the Lavaca neighborhood, 1989. (San Antonio Express-News Collection, MS 360: EN- 1989-10-31-9)

 

Halloween block party on North St. Mary’s Street, 1990. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-7303-068-05)

Halloween block party on the St. Mary’s Strip, 1990. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-7303-068-05)

 

 

 

 

 

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 2, 2015 12:08 pm

    I love the 1938 photograph and the other older ones. Cute and seasonally appropriate. 🙂

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