From time to time Halloween in Yellow Springs was a major celebration.
Dayton Daily News – 28 Oct 1917
About $100 for war relief work in France and Belgium was realized by Mrs. Guy Humphrey and her talented young daughters, Yvonne and Simonne from the entertainment given in Yellow Springs opera house, Wednesday evening. They were assisted in the entertainment by Yellow Springs people. Miss Yvonne Humphrey is a violinist of unusual merit, and her sister is a fluent reader in French. An exceedingly pretty part of the program was a tableaux representing the various nations. Miss Jean Carr represented France in 1914; and other nations and characters were taken as follows: Belgium, Simonne Humphrey; Russia, Aline Blazer; Serbia, Virginia Drake; England, Dorothy Drake; Japan, Mildred Stewart; Italy, Eleanor Littleton; Rumania, Mary Taylor; Portugal, Charlotte Dawson; France of today, Mary Matthews; United States of America, Mary Gertrude Carr; Cuba, Louise Richison; Panama, George Brown; Uncle Sam, Burl Blazer; Army, Lewis Hackett; Navy, Walter Hughes; Liberty, Helen Murray; Washington, Burns Weston; Lafayette, Russell Stewart; Red Cross Nurse, Yvonne Humphrey. The entertainment was given under the auspices of the Washington-Lafayette Union of Yellow Springs, which was organized in 1914 by Miss Yvonne Humphrey, who with her parents and little sister, left their home in Paris at the beginning of the war and spent some time in Yellow Springs with Dr. Humphrey’s father, Dr. W. H. Humphrey. The club is composed of Yellow Springs children and the object was to do what they could for the Red Cross and other relief work.
Dayton Daily News — 31 Oct 1931
STUDENTS TREK 300,000 MILES
YELLOW SPRINGS, Oct. 31.—Antioch college students, passing each other in the night, travelled more than 300,000 miles this past weekend.
This represents the distance about 350 Antioch students on jobs in 30 states travelled as they swapped places with their 350 alter egos who have been studying on the campus during the past eight weeks.
‘Mileage mounted rapidly as students returned to campus from jobs in west and east coast states. The total distance travelled is greater than that form the earth to the moon.
Dayton Daily News — 31 Oct 1931
Yellow Springs Police ‘Treat’ Sick Kids
YELLOW SPRINGS—Over in Yellow Springs they did Halloween differently. Instead of waiting for teen agers to to their “trick or treat,” the police department decided to beat them at their own game and do their own trick or treat.’
Chief Bradley, Officer Boggs and Officer Cordell got together and thought it would be a good idea to furnish bags of goodies consisting of bubble gum, candy bars, apples, suckers and what have you to the children who would be out Halloweening.
Homes were reached where they knew of a sick boy or girl who could not go out or trick or treating
Xenia Daily Gazette — 27 Oct 1938
LIBRARY AT YELLOW SPRINGS GETS $275 NET FROM CARNIVAL
Annual Hallowe’en Affair Enjoyed by 600 Persons
Approximately $275 was realized by the Yellow Springs Library Association from its annual Hallowe’en carnival and dance at Bryan High School Wednesday night.
Proceeds will be used by the association for any necessary repairs to the library building and improvements of the grounds
Six hundred persons participated in the carnival which was preceded by a dinner at the Presbyterian Church. Costume parades for children and adults were staged on the athletic field in the rear of the school and prized for various types of costumes were awarded.
Following the parades a puppet show was staged by the Antioch School in the Bryan High Auditorium and two skits were presented by the freshman class of Antioch College in addition to a specialty dance by Jack Fancher, Antioch student. Later a public dance was held in the Yellow Springs Youth Council pavilion, across the street from the high school.
Exhibits of handicraft, farm produce and food were on display during the evening and were sold at a public auction at the conclusion of the program.
Dayton Daily News — 17 Sept 1948
Festival Replaces Halloween Carnival
Special to The Dayton Daily News
YELLOW SPRINGS, Sept. 17.—A Fall Festival, now scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 9, will take the place of the traditional halloween carnival as the principal moneymaking event of the Home and School association, officials of that organization announced today.
The earlier function has been planned in the hope that better weather may be expected than at the later date.
Meeting with other Home and School association officials this week to lay plans for the event were Mrs. Valdemar Carlson, who was chosen general chairman of the festival; Mrs. Barbara Reynolds, president of the association; Mrs. Roy Adams, Mrs. Toy Federighi and Mrs. Gladys Corwin who were delegated to plan the serving of a dinner at the festival; Moto Asakawa and Ernest Morgan, who were assigned the job of securing tickets and handbills; Eugene Birch, president of the Board of Education, who was placed in charge of arranging for carnival concessions; Louis Katz and William Schaub, assigned to arrange for construction of needed booths; Thurl Hickman, who will secure prizes; and Robert Whitmore.
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A COSTUME PARADE, feature of past halloweeen carnivals, will open the evening’s festivities according to present plans, and dinner will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m. Carnival concessions will furnish fun and entertainment throughout the evening and a dance is planned on the Bryan gym floor to wind up the evening.
Last year’s halloween carnival was attended by an estimated 1500 persons and more than $600 profit realized by the association. Among the uses to which the money was put was the purchase of new curtains for the Bryan high school auditorium, a new movie projector for the grade school and a wire recorder for Bryan high school.
Dayton Daily News – 3 Nov 1953
Yellow Springs Cuts Halloween Hazards
by Amber Livingston
Daily News Correspondent
YELLOW SPRINGS, Nov. 3—Window-waxing and overturned garbage pails were pared to a minimum this past weekend . . . the result of an extensive program of activities executed by the Youth council of the Yellow Springs Community council.
The fun began on Friday afternoon with a window-painting contest for fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade pupils. Using watercolor paints and brushes provided by the council, the youngsters went to work decorating store windows of downtown merchants. Witches on broomsticks, black cats, scarecrows, grinning jack-o-lanterns and spooky hobgoblins peered at unsuspecting passersby when the children had finished . . . and prizes were given to all the artists for their holiday efforts.
Under the joint auspices of the American Friends Service committee and the Antioch school, a clothing drive was instituted on Friday night . . . the third successive year that Halloweeners have participated in this collection. Relinquishing their traditional rallying cry of ‘tricks or treats,” the children made house-to-house requests for useful items for the benefit of overseas relief. Following the collection, refreshments were served to the young workers.
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SATURDAY AFTERNOON saw the youngest fry of Yellow Springs partying in Curl hall, Antioch college gymnasium, under the supervision of Robert Pieh and Stanley Wise, Antioch physical education instructors, elementary school children took part in a “Witch’s Carnival” from 4:30 until 8:30. Old clothes, but no costumes, kept everyone comfortable, including the parents. Game booths, skits and a movie kept the boys and girls squealing with glee before and after supper; at 6 the fourth, fifth and sixth graders sat down to enjoy the box lunches which they had brought with them from home.
‘In the west gym of Curl hall, junior high school students gathered together at 7 for a succession of games, square and round dancing. Cider, doughnuts and apples were served before the festivities concluded at 10. Decorations for this “Hallween Hop” were made by volunteers from the seventh and eighth grades . . . everything from mobile bats and tombstones to a realistic dummy to lend the proper atmosphere.
Down at Bryan high school, still another party . . . this for the upperclass boys and girls . . . got underway at 8:30 under the direction of Bryan Instructor Robert E. Gower. Dividing into couples, the young people began the evening with a scavenger hunt . . .came back carrying such spoils as old calendars, valentines, used 2-cent stamps, even Sept. 30 issues of the DDN (a real toughie). Following the hunt, apple-bobbing, eating marshmallows on strings and other traditional games were played, with dancing and refreshments to complete the fun.
‘Who says Halloween is hazardous?
Dayton Daily News — 17 Oct, 1954
Just to show how the festival spirit blossoms in the fall—take Yellow Springs. Its applebutter event? Well, that was its second festival this month. A week ago the PTA held a fall festival on the school grounds, served 600 meals, and about 200 children gave a sneak preview of Halloweeen by coming in costume.
Dayton Daily News — 22 Oct 1957
VILLAGE OFFICIALS reported that one of the worst waves of vandalism in years has struck Yellow Springs within the past few days. They said most of the persons involved are boys between 12 and 16 years of age. Last week 28 street lights were shot out by air rifles and .22 caliber guns, with damage estimated at more than $200.
Gasoline thefts and window breaking have also been reported. Council wanred that if parents do nothing to control the children, authorities will be forced to take action.
DDN — 17 Oct 1965
Pumpkin Artist Back at Work
By Bob Burns, The Daily News Greene County Bureau, 62-1/2 E. Main St., Xenia
YELLOW SPRINGS, Oct. 16—The Pumpkin Lady is back
With Halloween approaching, Mrs. Kenneth Gordon is painting a variety of faces on pumpkins, to the delight of many small fry in the area.
‘Mrs. Gordon, who lives in Beatty, a Clark county community on U. S. Route 68 north of here, emphasizes three advantages of her artistic products,:“A PUMPKIN with a funny face printed on it conveys the Halloween spirit, without the fire hazard of the usual jack-o-lantern.
“But if the kids insist on a jack-o-lantern, they can scoop out the pumpkin and cut a face on the other side. Then they’ve got a day and night Halloween pumpkin.
“But if they’re satisfied with the painted face — and most of my little friends seem delighted, mother can convert it into pumpkin pies after Halloween.”
THIS IS MRS. Gordon’s third season as a Halloween artist.
She’ll be painting pumpkins the next two weekends at the Young Jersey dairy farm store on U.S. 68, a mile north of Yellow Sp-rings.
“Oddly,” she said, “Dog faces are the children’s favorites. Witches, ghosts and cats, usually associated with Halloween,k aren’t too popular.”