Halloween at a rural school in 1954
Masked, bewigged and in disguise, the voices demand: "Trick or treat!" "Halloween apples!" "Shell out, shell out, the witches are out!" It's Oct. 31, a night when Canadian kids don costumes, hold parties and knock on doors in search of candy. From apple-bobbing in the country to drag queens in the city, CBC Digital Archives takes a look at changing ways of celebrating Halloween.
The Halloween spirit advances anon.
Carve a great pumpkin, fashion a mask,
Polish an apple and ponder your task
Of dancing a jig, or singing a tune:
Your trick for a treat by the light of the moon.
Sailors and gypsies and witches in black
Will all get some fruit in their brown paper sacks.
From the CBC TV show Newsmagazine,
See how kids in the '50s observed Halloween.
Broadcast Date: Oct. 31, 1954
Last updated: February 14, 2012
Page consulted on March 20, 2013
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