Sunday, October 31, 2010

31 October 1911: "Hallowe'en at the Kindergarten"

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.

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