Hallowe’en

Week 44: #52 Ancestors – Frightening

By Eilene Lyon

My grandfather, Laurence M. Smith, was apparently a bit of a prankster, so it’s no surprise he enjoyed Hallowe’en. My mother told me a story about how her dad gave her a noisemaker made from a spool and told her to run it along the window of a neighborhood widow’s house then run away. Oh, Grandpa, how naughty!

Finding old family photos showing Hallowe’en costumes is always a bit of light fun. This mask on Grandpa really does look quite creepy, though! But Mom doesn’t appear to be frightened, knowing it was just her Daddy playing around.

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Then they put the creepy mask on my aunt and it practically swallows her up!

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And I suspect this photo of Grandpa in a phony gas mask was another Hallowe’en party get-up.

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Feature image: Photo by Mark Rall on Unsplash

 

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    1. I used to do a lot of Halloween costumes and parties. Trick-or-treated well into my teens, too. I almost posted photos of some of my costumes, but decided to stick with ancestor history! My mom thinks the hazing was quite traumatic, actually. Since she has dementia, it’s hard to tell if it was a major or minor scare.

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      1. I could see how your mother as a child might have been upset, it might have gone against what she knew was right, but we don’t want to disobey our parents. It may have stuck with her! I’m always amazed at some of the costumes people come up with!

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  1. Love it! I’ve actually never found any Halloween photos of my ancestors–I’m left wondering if they even celebrated the holiday, or if it was just another day for them. I LOVE Halloween; good to see your ancestors did, too.

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