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Collections - MF 022 Halloween Holiday Traditions Collection

Number of Interviews: 82
Dates when interviews were conducted: Fall, 1985
Time period covered: 1900s – 1985
Principal interviewers: various
Finding Aides: brief indexes
Access Restrictions: none

Description: This collection consists of 82 interviews done for Edward D. “Sandy” Ives’ class, Anthropology 325, during the Fall semester in 1985. The students collected materials pertaining to Halloween traditions in Maine. Materials collected also include note cards containing citations of Halloween references in late 19th and early 20th century Maine newspapers. Interviewee ages range from 8 to 88 years old. Topics discussed include costumes; trick or treating; school and parties; Halloween treats; Finnish Easter; pranks; pumpkins/ jack o’ lanterns; Miscellaneous manuscript materials generated by the Halloween Project include letter describing Halloween in Scotland, interview questions, newspaper clippings and various items having to do with Halloween.

1831 McKaig, Deo. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Old Town. 13 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Isaac Kimball, age 8, and Sam Kimball, age 6, about Halloween. Topics discussed include costumes, trick or treating, school parties, popcorn balls, make-up and Halloween treats. T1897

1832 Zuch, Linda. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Bangor. 25 pp. Tape: 40 min. approx. w/ cat. Interview with Pat St. Louis, age 37, about her recollections of Halloween growing up in Millinocket, Maine. Also includes her children’s Halloween experiences as well as her own adult experiences. C204

1833 Prickitt, Georgia W. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Cambridge. 17 pp. Tape: 20 min. w/ cat. Interview with Kathy Noble, age 14, about how she celebrates Halloween. Newspaper clippings are included. P6243 – P6269 / C205

1834 Prickitt, Georgia W. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Cambridge. 9 pp. Tape: 20 min. approx. w/ cat. Interview with Patsy Gourley, age 32, about her childhood Halloween experiences and how her children celebrate it today. P6243 – P6269 / T1898

1835 Prickitt, Georgia W. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Cambridge. 6 pp. Tape: 1/4 hr. w/ cat. Discussion by Brave Williams of how he celebrates Halloween. P6243 – P6269 / T1898

1836 McKaig, Deo. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Old Town. 9 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Darrah Kimball (Wagner) in which she discusses her experiences of Halloween as a child and as a parent. Topics include costumes, popcorn balls, trick or treating, parties, pranks and pumpkins/ jack o’ lanterns. C206

1837 Ansay, A. Manette. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 15 pp. Tape: 50 min. w/ cat. David Carlson, age 16, recalls Halloween memories and experiences. C207

1838 Prickitt, Georgia W. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Cambridge. 19 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Audrey Davis about her memories of Halloween. Includes drawing of a hay fork. P6243 – P6269 / T1899

1839 Prickitt, Georgia W. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Parkham. 11 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Wayne Cook about his memories of Halloween. P6243 – P6269 / T1900

1840 Prickitt, Georgia W. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 13 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Mary Noonan in which she describes how she and her family celebrated Halloween. P6243 – P6269 / C208

1841 Prickitt, Georgia W. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Cambridge. 11 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. approx. w/ cat. Interview with Calla Pease and Gladys Packard about their memories of Halloween in the 1940′s. P6243 – P6269 / T1901

1842 Ansay, A. Manette. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 8 pp. Tape: 20 min. approx. w/ cat. Interview with Muriel Brockway, age 76, about her memories of Halloween when her children were small in the 1940′s. C209

1843 Ansay, A. Mannette. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 9 pp. Tape: 10 min. approx. w/ cat. Interview with Daniel Burson, age 5, about how he spends Halloween. Includes Daniel’s drawing of a jack o’ lantern. C210 (Side A)

1844 McKaig, Deo. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Old Town. 15 pp. Tape: 50 min. approx. w/ cat. Interview with Edith Hersey, born in 1915, about her Halloween experiences as a child and as a parent. Topics include dressing up and visiting the family, snitching vegetables for the poor, going out with her female friends. Also discusses recollections of the Fourth of July in Orono, Maine. C211

1845 McClead, Valerie Felt. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: East Corinth. 27 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Mike Trafton, age 22, about his perceptions of Halloween. Topics include what he remembers as a child growing up, pranks, costumes, what went on at private Halloween parties, school parties. A progression of how Halloween changed as he grew up in East Corinth. C212

1846 Dunn, Elizabeth. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 8 pp. Tape: 15 min. approx. w/ cat. Interview with William Prosser, assistant director of police services at UMO, about Halloween from the perspective of a law enforcement official. T1902.2

1847 Dunn, Elizabeth. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Hollis Center. 10 pp. Tape: 20 min. w/ cat. Interview with Clementina Smith, age 86, about her experiences with Halloween as a young girl, as a school teacher and as a wife and mother. Includes drawing of a pumpkin. T1902.1

1848 Dunn, Elizabeth. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 8 pp. Tape: 15 min. w/ cat. Interview with Mark Zollitsch, an 18 year old student at UM, about his experiences and observations of Halloween as a boy and in recent years. C213

1849 Zuch, Linda. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 19 pp. Tape: 30 min. approx. w/ cat. Interview with Leslie Durgan, a 21 year old senior at UM, about her current as well as early memories of Halloween. Includes drawings of pumpkins. C214

1850 Dunn, Elizabeth. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 11 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. approx. w/ cat. Interview with Helen Belyea, age 55 from Old Town, about her experiences and observations of Halloween as a child and as a parent. T1903

1851 McClead, Valerie Felt. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Lucerne Village. 29 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Christine Blackmer, age 74, about celebrating Halloween as a child in Massachusetts and how her children observed Halloween in Maine. C215

1852 McClead, Valerie Felt. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Bucksport. 19 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. approx. w/ cat. Interview with Jeremy Dresser, age 13, about celebrating Halloween and what he does when he goes out trick-or-treating. He also discusses how his family observes Halloween and changes he has noticed since his early childhood. Includes drawing of a pumpkin. C216

1853 McClead, Valerie Felt. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: East Corinth. 29 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Gary Snow, a Lieut. and Commanding Officer for the Drug Enforcement Division of the Maine State Police, about how he celebrated Halloween as a child growing up in Maine. Also discusses how his job affects his impressions of Halloween festivities and how these impressions have changed over the years. C217

1854 McClead, Valerie Felt. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Bucksport. 33 pp.. Tape: 1 hour with catalog. Interview with Crystal Dresser about how she celebrated Halloween as a child and how her family observes Halloween now. P6209 – P6218 / C218

1855 McClead, Valerie Felt. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: East Corinth. 7 pp. Tape: 10 min. w/ cat. Brief interview with Rita Stanhope in which she discusses trick-or-treating customs when her children were young and how she and her family celebrated Halloween when she was a child. C219

1856 Libby, Annalee K. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Monson. 8 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Jamie Pullen in which he describes what he likes about Halloween. T1904

1857 Libby, Annalee K. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Monson. 10 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Maila Korsman about her memories of Halloween. Includes an article about Finnish Easter, which is celebrated in much the same way as Halloween. Also includes a photocopy of a picture of Finnish men dressed as witches. T1904

1858 Libby, Annalee K. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Monson. 8 pp. Tape: 20 min. approx. w/ cat. Interview with Berwin Storer about his Halloween experiences. T1905

1859 Libby, Annalee K. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Old Town. 8 pp. Tape: 20 min. approx. w/ cat. Interview with Shirleen Stone about her Halloween experiences. T1905

1860 Libby, Annalee K. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Monson. 10 pp. Tape: 30 min. approx. w/ cat. Interview with John Glover in which he describes his memories of Halloween as a child and later as a parent. T1905

1861 Libby, Annalee K. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Monson. 11 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. approx. w/ cat. Interview with Tim Korsman and Tom Hall about their experiences of Halloweens past. T1905

1862 Dunn, Elizabeth. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 9 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. approx. w/ cat. Interview with Leo Emerson, age 60, about his experiences with Halloween as a child growing up in Hampden, Maine, and later as a father. T1903

1863 Ansay, A. Manette. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 14 pp. Tape: 1/2 hour approx. w/ cat. Interview with Diane Northam, age 21, in which she describes her memories and experiences of Halloween in Maine. Includes Diane’s drawing of a jack-o’-lantern. C220

1864 Ansay, A. Manette. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 8 pp. Tape: 15 min. w/ cat. Interview with Joshua Burson, age 7, in which he describes how he spends Halloween. Includes Joshua’s drawing of a jack-o’-lantern. RESTRICTED. C210 (Side B)

1865 Woloson, Anna L. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 16 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Stacy and Evelyn Miller, both born in 1908, about the significance of Halloween and the celebrations they remember. P6225 – P6242, P6271 – P6272 / T1906

1866 Woloson, Anna L. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 20 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Betsy Marsano, born in 1950, about the significance of Halloween and how she has celebrated it over the years. Includes drawing of a pumpkin. P6225 – P6242, P6271 – P6272 / T1907

1867 Woloson, Anna L. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 15 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Heidi Stacey, born in 1964, and Theresa Tenney, born in 1960, in which they discuss the importance of Halloween when they were children and how they celebrate now. P6225 – P6242, P6271 – P6272 / T1908

1868 Woloson, Anna L. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 8 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. approx. w/ cat. Interview with Ben Moore about the significance of Halloween in his childhood growing up in Maine. P6225 – P6242, P6271 – P6272 / T1909

1869 Libby, Annalee K. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Old Town. 10 pp. Tape: 20 min. w/ cat. Interview with Mike Libby about his experiences with Halloween. T1910

1870 Ansay, A. Manette. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 10 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Brownie Schrumpf, age 82, in which she speaks about Halloween in Maine. T1911

1871 McClead, Valerie Felt. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Dedham. 17 pp. Tape: 25 min. w/ cat. Interview with Walt Poole of Dedham, 60 years old, about how he celebrated Halloween as a child growing up in Downeast Maine during the Depression years and after. He discusses the pranks played by him and his friends. P6209 – P6218 / C221

1872 McClead, Valerie Felt. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Dedham. 28 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Theresa Laliberte and Mary Stevens, teachers at the Dedham School. They discuss the celebration of Halloween as children, parents and teachers. P6209 – P6218 / C222

1873 Prickitt, Georgia W. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Cambridge. 11 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Dana Noble, age 46, in which he describes his memories of Halloween. P6243 – P6269 / T1901.2

1874 Chanis, Gregory. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Old Town. 15 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Julia Wickett, age 87, in which she remembers Halloween in Old Town, Maine. T1912.1

1875 Chanis, Gregory. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 14 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Barbara Shane in which she relates how she celebrated Halloween in Portland, Maine. T1912.2

1876 McKaig, Deo. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Old Town. 20 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Discussion of Halloween with Sargeant Paul Paradis of the Old Town Police Dept. He was born in 1953 and has been on the force for 10 years. Also relates stories from his youth in Virginia, California and New Jersey. Includes card titled Tips for a Safe Halloween. C223

1877 Woloson, Anna L. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 6 pp. Tape: Inaudible. Donor has provided brief catalog of her recollections of the interview. John A. Robichaud, Fire Inspector with the Orono Fire Dept. discusses his memories of Halloween. P6225 – P6242, P6271- P6272

1878 McKaig, Deo. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Old Town. 27 pp. Tape: 80 min. w/ cat. Interview with David Richardson, born in 1947, about his memories of Halloween as a child and as a parent. T1913

1879 Ansay, A. Manette. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 7 pp. Telephone interview summarized by Ansay. Orono Police Chief David K. Dekanich, age 39, talks about Halloween.

1880 Ansay, A. Manette. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Bangor. 15 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Bill Matthews, born in 1940, in which he discusses his memories of Halloween in Maine. C224

1881 Hutchins, Patricia. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Penobscot. 26 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Arnold Bing Gross, born in 1930, which describes his Halloween experiences as a child and his school days. T1914

1882 Hutchins, Patricia. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Penobscot. 23 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Sherman Hutchins II, age 17, about his experiences on Halloween night. T1915

1883 Hutchins, Patricia. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Penobscot. 17 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Alma Perkins, born in 1905 , about her Halloween experiences. Her daughter, Donna Perkins, also participates. T1916

1884 McClead, Valerie Felt. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Bangor. 48 pp. Miscellaneous material generated by the Halloween Project. Includes letter describing Halloween in Scotland, interview questions, newspaper clippings and various items having to do with Halloween.

1885 Zuch, Linda. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 30 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Gretchen Faulkner concerning past and present Halloweens. C225

1886 Zuch, Linda. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Hampden. 40 pp. Tape: 45 min. w/cat. Interview with Carol Laughlin about her memories of Halloweens past and present. C226

1887 Zuch, Linda. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Hampden. 31 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Scott Phelps, age 16, about his recollections of Halloweens past and present. [RESTRICTED?] C227

1888 McKay, Terrance. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Hampden. 8 pp. Tape: 20 min. w/ cat. Interview with Carolyn Perry, age 53, about her Halloween experiences in Monroe, Maine. T1917

1889 McKay, Terrance. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 9 pp. Tape: 15 min. approx. w/ cat. Interview with Scott Wade, age 19, in which he discusses his Halloween experiences in Bangor and Millinocket, Maine. C228 (Side A)

1890 Zuch, Linda. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Hampden. 27 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Kathleen Brangwynne, born in 1897, discusses Halloweens past and present in New Brunswick and Maine. Other topics include her early teaching experiences and her work at BMHI. C229

1891 Richardson, David. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Carmel. 12 pp. Tape: 45 min. approx. w/ cat. Interview with Tricia Richardson, age 17, about her Halloween memories. She discusses costumes, trick-or-treating, visiting a haunted house and some unusual personal experiences which have occurred on Halloween. T1918

1892 Richardson, David. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Carmel. 10 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Gary Brown discusses Halloween from the early 1950′s through the mid 1960′s as he was growing up in Carmel, Maine. T1919.1

1893 Richardson, David. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Carmel. 18 pp. Tape: 1 hr. approx w/ cat. Group interview with thirteen and fourteen year olds at the Hermon Elementary School. The students discuss costumes, pranks and the fun of Halloween. T1919.2

1894 Richardson, David. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Carmel. 6 pp. Tape: 25 min. approx. w/ cat. Interview with Bertha Richardson, age 85, about her Halloween experiences as a child and as an adult and mother of eight children. T1920.1

1895 Richardson, David. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Carmel. 10 pp. Tape: 25 min. approx. w/ cat. Interview with Sandra Mitchell, age 30, in which she recalls her experiences of Halloween as a child and later as a mother and a home owner in Carmel, Maine. T1920.1

1896 Richardson, David. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Carmel. 22 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with David and Victoria Stinchfield (husband and wife) regarding their Halloween experiences as youths and as parents. They talk about their memories of Old Town, Maine, and Brattleboro, Vermont, and reflect upon changes in the Halloween tradition. T1920.2

1897 McKay, Terrance. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 17 pp. Tape: 40 min. approx. w/ cat. Interview with Amy Ranger, age 21, about her memories of the Halloweens she spent in Millinocket, Maine. C230 (Side A)

1898 McKay, Terrance. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 12 pp. Tape: 20 min. approx. w/ cat. Interview with Rejane Butler, age 20, about her memories of Halloweens spent in Los Angeles, CA, and Laconia, N.H. C230 (Side B)

1899 McKaig, Deo. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Old Town. 16 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Charles King, born in 1927. Topics include Halloween pranks, parties, costumes and ghost stories. He also discusses the history of Burnham Drug Store in Old Town, Fourth of July celebrations, his relationships to people in different areas of town during his childhood. C231

1900 Hutchins, Patricia. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Penobscot. 10 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. approx. w/ cat. Interview with Royce Perkins, who was born in 1936, in which he describes his Halloween experiences as a child and later as a father. C232

1901 Hutchins, Patricia. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Penobscot. 17 pp. Tape: 40 min. approx. w/ cat. Helen Johnson, born in 1905, describes her Halloween experiences when she was a child growing up in Yonkers, New York. She also discusses the holiday from the perspectives of mother, teacher, grandmother and great-grandmother. C233

1902 Woloson, Anna. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 14 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. An interview with Virginia Blanchard, age 18, in which she discusses how she and her family have celebrated Halloween. P6225 – P6242, P6271 – P6272 / T1921

1903 McKay, Terrance. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Bangor. 10 pp. Tape: 15 min. w/cat. Interview with Richard Stitham about his Halloweens spent in Presque Isle, Maine and his experiences later as a father in Bangor, Maine. C228 (Side B)

1914 McKaig, Deo. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Old Town. 49 pp. A collection of a variety of materials relating to Halloween. Includes two short papers on Halloween, one Halloween scrapbook, one article from Psychology Today about poisoned candy. P6435 – P6436

1915 Zuch, Linda. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Hampden. 26 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Mary Bodge, a resident of Hampden for 52 years, describes her memories of Halloween. C241

1916 Chanis, Gregory. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 10 pp. Tape: 20 min. w/ cat. Clayton Burgess, age 57, recalls how he spent Halloween as a child. T1935

1917 Chanis, Gregory. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Old Town. 9 pp. Tape: 15 min. w/ cat. Interview with James Sproul concerning his recollections of Halloween in Maine. Includes two hand drawings of pumpkins. T1936

1919 DeHart, Jeffrey. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 8 pp. Tape: 20 min. w/ cat. Interview with James Dorsky about how he spent Halloween in Falmouth, Maine, when he was a child. T1938

1920 DeHart, Jeffrey. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 9 pp. Tape: 20 min. w/ cat. Interview with Richard Saunders about how he celebrated Halloween while he was growing up in Massachusetts. T1938.1

1921 DeHart, Jeffrey. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 7 pp. Tape: 20 min. approx. w/ cat. Robert Metcalf describes how he celebrated Halloween growing up in Orono, Maine. T1938.1

1922 DeHart, Jeffrey. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. 12 pp. Tape: 20 min. w/ cat. Interview with Bill Mitchell in which he describes how he celebrated Halloween growing up in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. T1938.2

1932 Ansay, A. Manette. (AY 325) Fall 1985. Maine: Orono. Photographs and related material, including newspaper clippings, greeting card and announcements, collected as part of the Halloween Project. P6273 – P6319


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