Here’s What Halloween in Brooklyn Looked Like 65 Years Ago (Photos)


    It’s Halloween season, that time of year when pumpkins appear on stoops and leaves gather in crunchy drifts, so let’s dust off our old scrapbook and check out some Halloween celebrations from years gone by here in Brooklyn. Today we’re going back over 60 years to the 1950s, for some black-and-white vintage photos of the holiday. Brooklyn loves vintage, right?

    A cat “menaces a witch” at a party at a hospital for children on President Street in Crown Heights in the October 31, 1951 edition of the Brooklyn Eagle.

    Boys dress up as robots at a Halloween party sponsored by the Flatbush Boys Club at its clubhouse on Bedford Avenue in Flatbush. From the Brooklyn Eagle, November 1, 1951.

    From the Brooklyn Eagle, October 31, 1952: Two members of the kindergarten class at P.S. 7 pose for a photo at the school’s Halloween party. The red brick Victorian school at 141 York Street in Dumbo was demolished in the 1990s. It used to stand in a corner of what is now the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ huge development site for sale at 85 Jay Street.

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