Ghosts Haunt Halloweens of Yesteryear

Bring on Halloween, a season when masks aren’t so controversial (usually).

A spooky trip through newspaper archives dug up photographs to delight and, in some cases, haunt. Why did previous editors follow a plastic jack-o-lantern through the recycling process from curb pickup to crushed? 

Our earliest coverage included a warning about the potential for flammable costumes to explode but, thankfully, no stories of such tragedies happening.

Crime Reports covered miscreants who targeted inflatable decorations in 2005, stealing a Frankenstein monster and damaging a pumpkin (valued at $50 each) on Waggoner Drive. In 2009, burglars couldn’t leave behind a bowl of candy while taking televisions and computers in the 10400 block of Barrywood Drive.

Decades of papers show you love school carnivals and pumpkins.

Have another awesome Halloween but be careful what you wear.

PHOTOS: People Newspapers Archives

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William Taylor

William Taylor, editor of Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People, shares a name and a birthday with his dad and a love for community journalism with his colleagues at People Newspapers. He joined the staff in 2016 after more than 25 years working for daily newspapers in such places as Alexandria, Louisiana; Baton Rouge; McKinney; San Angelo; and Sherman, though not in anywhere near that order. A city manager once told him that “city government is the best government” because of its potential to improve the lives of its residents. William still enjoys covering municipal government and many other topics. Follow him on Twitter @Seminarydropout. He apologizes in advance to the Joneses for any angry Tweets that might slip out about the Dallas Cowboys during the NFL season. You also can reach him at For the latest news, click here to sign up for our newsletter.

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