icon caret-left icon caret-right instagram pinterest linkedin facebook twitter goodreads question-circle facebook circle twitter circle linkedin circle instagram circle goodreads circle pinterest circle

Movies & Million-Dollar Mansions, and Silents on the Islands


Image: New York Public Library

Halloween Cancelled by Flu


What will Halloween be like in 2020? Back in October 1918, the "Spanish influenza" scare was alarming the parents of trick-or-treaters, and put a damper on the demons on the streets of Santa Barbara. Although it was not stated in the local papers, I'm guessing that there was also enough news about deaths from disease and World War I that folks lost their joy in celebrating the macabre.


The local paper wrote, "Flu puts quietus on even decorous revelry in celebration of Halloween. The Board of Health has issued orders forbidding ghosts to walk or congregate on Halloween this year, owing to the prevalence of the Spanish influenza."

Be the first to comment