I know I am a day early but with all the trick or treaters calling tomorrow I might not be have the time to do a piece then.
Although Halloween is originally a Celtic event.Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland. I will be looking at the WWII celebrations of Halloween from an American perspective.. Below are pictures and posters of Halloween during the Second World War. However I am starting of with a picture from before WWII, in fact it is a picture of Halloween 1918, 11 days before the war end. The reason why I am posting this picture is because of the use of the Swastika,long before the Nazi’s stole it.
1942 propaganda poster.
Horror movies were still being made during the war these are posters from “the Uninvited” which was released a few weeks before Halloween 1944.
Children in Halloween Costumes at High Point, Seattle, 1943
Japanese American group of evacuees in Halloween costumes and make-up at the Harvest Festival on October 31, 1942 at the Tule Lake Relocation Center in California.
Coca-Cola Halloween poster 1944
4th November 1942: A GI and his girl friend dancing at a Halloween party for US soldiers in London during WW II.
I suppose it was easier to face horrors of Halloween then the real horrors of World War II