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How to hold a haunted Halloween party

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.

After a hearty meal of spicy chili, french bread and a "grapefruit porcupine", the Halloween party can really get started. Put on a blindfold for a game of None But the Brave, and see how long you can last without screaming while you handle a dead man's eyes, hand, brains and lungs. In this 1963 segment from CBC-TV's Take 30, party planner Barbara Kirschenblatt gives viewers a party menu and shows how to keep a roomful of teenagers entertained.
• None But the Brave was still a popular game at Halloween parties in the 2000s. To play it, a group of children sit in a circle in a dark room as mystery objects are passed around and a narrator spins out a corresponding spooky tale about a man who loses his body parts while out for a walk on a dark night. A goblin steals his hand (a sand-filled glove), toes (baby carrots), hair (wig), brains (cold cooked spaghetti in a bowl), ears (dried apricots), eyes (peeled grapes) and tongue (stiff molded gelatin).
Medium: Television
Program: Take 30
Broadcast Date: Oct. 22, 1963
Guest(s): Barbara Kirschenblatt
Host: Anna Cameron
Duration: 7:59

Last updated: November 1, 2012

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