By now we know that Halloween is a festival with ancient origins that is celebrated on October 31st. Traditionally linked to the Anglo-Saxon world, westernization and globalization have now led it to become the cultural heritage of all.
The genesis of the festival is controversial, but it is probably common to Celtic and Roman festivals, in that mix of celebrations that coincided with Samhain, the Celtic New Year, and the Latin festivals dedicated to Pomona and the celebration of the departed, the Parentalia.
Here are some 1930s photographs, with costumes, gadgets and settings in the United States from a century ago. Children were dressed up as ghosts or monsters, and also adults made the holiday fun and popular with everyone.