Have a happy & safe Halloween...
From the Library of Congress, Today in History American Memory Project:
"On the night of October 31, many Americans celebrate the traditions of Halloween by dressing in costumes and telling tales of witches and ghosts. Children parade from house to house collecting candy by the glow of jack-o'-lanterns and the light of the moon.
The history of Halloween in America has a darker side however. For most of the nineteenth century and well into the twentieth, Halloween was more trick than treat. Bands of mischief makers roamed city streets and country roads blowing horns and wreaking havoc upon residences and businesses alike. Often special police were appointed to keep damage to a minimum."