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Still looking for the perfect Halloween costume?? Don’t despair! Come visit the Reference Room and you can see all kinds of costume books, including one of my favorites ... our 1892 Masquerade and Carnival: their customs and costumes. As it says in the introduction: “Among the most pleasing forms of entertainment are those festivities which require the adoption of masquerade costumes. Borrowed characters and borrowed plumage have ever possessed a fascination for the multitude, whether upon the stage, at carnivals or in brilliantly lighted ball-rooms.”

In this one volume you can see designs for sun-flower and lily of the valley costumes, a French general, Friar Tuck, and a crossing sweeper. Not your everyday costumes! We also have Costume of Ancient Egypt, Historical Encyclopedia of Costumes, Children’s Costumes in America, and Period Costume for Stage & Screen ... to mention but a few of our Reference titles.

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress has put up a nice web page describing the fantasy and folklore of All Hallows Eve. And the Library of Congress American Memory site has put up a today in history page featuring Halloween stories and images.

And don’t forget those safety instructions about Halloween costumes provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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