Dennison’s Bogie Book was THE publication for holiday party-making ideas. The guides outline games, decorations, costumes and menus and show Halloween in its transformation to a fun, merry holiday in the early 20th century.

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“The traditions of this eerie night never change,” it says, “but there are new ways of adapting them for parties, new ways of decorating, new forms of playing the old games and tricks that will help make the Hallowe’en party really successful.”

This one, from 1920, has a section for the “business girl”.

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These decorations are supposedly quick and easily assembled and therefore perfect for the girl who has to prepare a party after work.

A handful of these books are available on eBay. You can also purchase a reprinted one from Dennison’s on Amazon.

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