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Halloween (or Hallowe'en) Parties were the event of the season! Early newspapers praised the receptions every year - even the earliest news articles (such as 1904) provided a whole column or section for 'Social events' - and Halloween was a very popular affair in Sapulpa.
1) Hallowe’en Party
The Royal Neighbors gave a Hallowe’en party which was also to take the place of a celebration for all of its members who have birthdays in October, at the home of Mrs. Chas Salmons on South Maple St.
The guests, about fifty in number were met at the door by ghosts who with their weird jesters would direct them to the next door and so on, until they had been to every door of the house and were back to the first one, where they were allowed to enter. They were next directed by other ghosts to go up stairs which was covered with pans, pillows, and hardly a place to put their feet without stumbling. After a successful effort they reached the top of the stairway there to be directed to the rooms where their wraps were removed. After descending the almost impossible stairway, they entered the different rooms where the parties who were not masked tried with mostly unsuccessful attempts to guess the masked person.
Many original games and contests were the entertainments of the evening, such as, some of the fortune which the fortune teller in her tent told to some of the ghosts and the artistic ability which some of the witchers and ghosts displayed in their attempts to draw black cats. Mrs. Wagner and Miss Heiston were among the successful contestants and were awarded tiny pumpkin pies, while those winning the consolation prizes were given pickles.
Another pastime of the evening was the following of strings through the different rooms decorated with witches, ghosts, black cats, autumn festoons and draperies of purple and white, the lodge colors. Some led the owners out of windows, under furniture and in nearly every crook and corner of the house to find their fortunes in form of tiny bags of cornmeal, salt and also empty ones.
Refreshments were served consisting of pumpkin pie, sandwiches, coffee and apples. The dining room tables were decorated with autumn leaves and berries with a large jack-o-lantern in the center.
Six members of the Kiefer camp were present at this delightful occasion. Mesdames Stafford, Walker Fleming, Estep, Lowe and Miss Edna Walker.
The Ladies Library Club held a Hallowe’en reception in the form of opening day at the home of the president Mrs. Chas Whitaker. About seventy-five were present including members of the club and guests.
The house was very beautifully decorated with fall berries, leaves, persimmons and things of nature’s October splendors.
Mrs. Whitaker was assisted in the duties of a hostess by Mesdames Sweeny, Burke, Dingman, Burrows, Hickman, and Misses Dingman and Whitaker.
Several very interesting talks were given. One by the state president of the State Federation of Women’s clubs, Mrs. D.A. McDougal on the work this body is doing. Mrs. J.F. Egan, Mrs. Brodie, and Mrs. Welch gave the past present and future of the library club.
During the afternoon the club had a picture of all the members present taken.
Refreshments were served by the hostess and her assistants and the many guests left very much regretting that this was the last time the club would receive the hospitality of their president on account of her early departure for a new home in California.
(Sapulpa Light, October 27, 1911)
2) Hallowe’en Party
Misses Maude Virden, Minnie Egan, and Hattie Tice planned and worked up a unique hallowe’en party Monday. The affair was held in Lucile opera house and about twenty young people enjoyed it. A ghost and a witch were present to help liven things. Cards and dancing were indulged in and cider, doughnuts, apples, and popcorn were passed around. The party was in truth a genuine hallowe’en affair and thoroughly enjoyed by all present. (Sapulpa Light, Nov 4, 1904)
3) Atotka Club Hallowe’en Party
Another jolly gathering was the party given by the Atotka Club, at the home of the Misses Pickett Monday night. The party was arranged as a leap year affair, and the ladies carried out their part of the program to the letter. They called for their gentlemen friends and escorted them in aristocratic style to the rendezvous. It’s rumored that one young lady carried a lantern-but no matter, she got her fellow there. A ghost program was carried out and the rooms certainly did take on a ghostly appearance.
About twenty white ‘things’ quietly sitting around moving occasionally and once in a while a ‘ghost song would be heard in some remote corner. Queer looking faces lighted by red and green lights would shine from various parts of the room.
About ten o’clock all piled into one wagon and rode for an hour over the city. At 11 o’clock delicious refreshments were served by the young ladies. A literary program was carried out, and in all, it was an exceedingly pleasant party. Several friends of the members were invited. (Sapulpa Light, Nov 4, 1904)
4) Hallowe’en Social
Mrs. Judge Jennings will entertain the Ladies Aid of the Presbyterian Church Tuesday evening. As the society only meets once a month Mrs. Jennings will make the October meeting a Hallowe’en party. The ghosts, pumpkins, apples, etc. will be on hand and a fine time will be had. (Sapulpa Light, September 29, 1905)
5) Had a Theatre Party: Atoka Club off on a Chase Hallowe’en
The Atoka Club, as their custom, got together Tuesday night for a Hallowe’en jaunt. Ever since the founding of the club, it has observed Hallowe’en in one way or another. Tuesday night a theater party was formed and twenty-four seats reserved in a group at Lucile opera house, where the Breckenridge Stock Company is performing this week.
Cabs and buggies conveyed the members to the law office of Mars & Mars early in the evening, and all went to the opera house in a body. After the show the members adjourned to Hotel Ripley where Mr. and Mrs. Ripley had prepared a splendid oyster banquet. During the supper short toasts were given by a few members, and at a late hour the various homes were sought all feeling that the ‘theatre party’ was probably the most successful and enjoyable Hallowe’en caper ever performed by the club. (Sapulpa Light, November 3, 1905)
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