Photos of Halloween in Denver, 1960-1988
As Halloween nears, we here in the Western History/Genealogy Department are reminded of the costumes, candy and creativity of our youth!
In the spirit of nostalgia, we've created a GALLERY OF HALLOWEEN IMAGES scanned from the Rocky Mountain News Photograph Collection. Highlights include an E.T. jack-o-lantern and a vampire at a blood drive!
What are your memories of Denver at Halloween time?
Greg Warneke on his way back to his seat at the Nuggets game. October 31, 1985. Photo by Debra Reingold. Rocky Mountain News Photograph Collection
From left to right: Eric Irwin, Patty and Mike Griffith, and Mark Merriman. October 21, 1964. Unidentified photographer. Rocky Mountain News Photograph Collection
E.T. jack-o-lantern at John Amesse Elementary School. October 27, 1982. Photo by Laura Lynn Fistler. Rocky Mountain News Photograph Collection
A witch at Denver Bicycle Touring Club’s “In Costume Rally,” Cheesman Park. October 27, 1985. Photo by Ken Paploo. Rocky Mountain News Photograph Collection
Indian summer scene on a farm near Golden. October 29, 1978. Photo by Bill Perry. Rocky Mountain News Photograph Collection
From left to right: Adolph Ayon, Violette Grate, Kennth Montoya, and Patrolman Jack Martin. October 27, 1967. Photo by Howard Brock. Rocky Mountain News Photograph Collection
Pam Bakeman, dressed as a vampire, with Sharon Terrion at the Arapahoe Community College blood bank. October 30, 1984. Photo by Linda McConnell. Rocky Mountain News Photograph Collection
Jeff Griffiths, 8, as the wicked Darth Vader. October 30, 1977. Photo by Bill Perry. Rocky Mountain News Photograph Collection
“Don’t let children go empty handed on Halloween.” October 26, 1966. Unidentified photographer. Rocky Mountain News Photograph Collection
I understand snow is part of many Denver Halloweens. This is different from the Chicago Halloween's I grew up with.
Indeed! The snowiest Halloween on record in Denver occurred in 1972, when 8.0" of snow fell.
Yes, I remember many snowy Halloweens in Denver during the 1960s. It didn't stop our trick-or-treat adventures, however. We would bundle up, with coats over our costumes, and trek around the neighborhood until we were just too cold to continue. In the mid-1970s, I recall driving home from my mom's house in southwest Denver on Halloween night. My young daughter Heather and I almost got stuck in the snow on Federal Boulevard, yet we made it home, tired and grateful.
Thanks for sharing your memories, Nancy! Halloween 2015 was balmy in comparison!
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