On this day in 1911, the Lucy Cobb Institute kindergarten entertained the first grade class with "a delightful Hallowe'en party." The Athens Banner reported that "the event is looked forward to with intense pleasure by the little tots."
A total of 70 students attended with their teachers. The "bright little children" of the kindergarten made all the decorations and favors themselves, with assistance from their teacher, Miss Jessie McGregor. According to the report in the Society News column the next day,
The school room was most attractive and artistic with Jack-o'-lanterns and lanterns of bright colored paper. The favors were black cats and witches filled with candy, made by these little tots who displayed wonderful talent in their artistic work.
Their happy voices echoed through the halls as they took part in Hallowe'en games, such as bobbing for apples, "Here we go round the pumpkin man," and various others quite as enjoyable.
The ices and cakes carried out the Hallowe'en decorations and the party was a great success.
- Athens Banner, Jul. 1911 - Nov. 1911 on Microfilm in the Heritage collection.
- Higher Education for Women in the South: A History of Lucy Cobb Institute, 1858-1944 by Phinizy Spalding in the Heritage collection.
- Halloween Through Twenty Centuries by Ralph Linton in the general collection.
- The Haunted History of Halloween by Harry Smith in the DVD collection.
- Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of Halloween Symbols by Edna Barth in the children's collection.
- The Halloween Encyclopedia by Lisa Morton in the Reference collection.
- The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury in the Young Adult collection.
- Jack-o-lanterns by Lola M. Schaefer in the children's collection.
- Pumpkin Carving by Ed Palmer in the general collection.
- Pumpkin Painting by Jordan McKinney in the children's collection.
- Ghoulish Goodies by Sharon Bowers in the general collection.
- It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schultz in the DVD collection.