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All Hallows Eve: Halloween History and Traditions

September 4 - November 2, 2019

All Hallows Eve: Halloween History and Traditions is a special exhibition that examines the rich history, traditions and symbolism of Halloween and invites visitors to explore Halloween’s not-so spooky past.


The imagery and symbolism of Halloween are unmistakable. Pumpkins, black cats and witches all tell us that Halloween is near, but where did these symbols come from and how have our Halloween traditions changed over time?  Halloween is one of America’s favorite holidays. In 2018, Americans spent an estimated $9 billion on Halloween candy, decorations, costumes and greeting cards and the trend in spending continues to grow each year. What makes Halloween so exciting that 175 million Americans celebrate the once Celtic holiday? The exhibition takes a closer look at rare and usual Halloween costumes, decorations, masks and more.

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