Halloween has always been celebrated in Fairbanks since the beginning of our camp. Today’s Nugget is from 1912, and it comes with detailed instructions on how to appropriately dress for a Halloween Dance.
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner October 26, 1912
HOW TO WEAR A PILLOWCASE
Pointers on How to Dress in a Sheet and Pillow Case
FOR HALLOWEEN DANCE
Ocular Demonstration of the Garb May Be Seen at Gordon’s. (Store)
Owing to the fact that there seems to be some doubt in the minds of many as to how sheets and pillow cases should be worn at a sheet and pillowcase party, the committee of the forthcoming St. Matthew’s dance has made arrangements with F. S. Gordon for the use of one of the dummies in his show windows. This has been dressed up in the most approved form, and those who wish to attend the dance of next Thursday would do well to study the style.
In the first place, it is not necessary to take a pillow case, put it over the head and cut holes for eyes and mouth. This method makes one uncomfortably warm. The better plan is to take the pillow case and tie it around the top of the head like a nun’s cap, allowing the ends to drop in the rear, covering up any hair that would otherwise show, and making it impossible to tell if the wearer is a man or a woman. A mask or domino may be worn over the face.
For the body two sheets are necessary. One of these is folded and pinned around the body just under the arms. The other is passed over the shoulders and made into a cape with kimono sleeves.
Thus dressed the feet and hands offer about the only clue to the sex of the wearer.
At the Halloween dance of next Thursday no one will be allowed on the floor unless garbed in sheets and pillow case, although the unmasked ones may have access to the balcony.
The unmasking and undraping will take place at 11:30 before supper is served.
Note: Obviously the person in charge of the 1912 dance was determined to make sure everyone was educated on this important costuming matter. Makes one wonder what kind of wardrobe malfunction that might have happened the prior year to cause this kind of article to be published. It is interesting to note that at this dance, if dressed accordingly, participants would not know the identity or even the gender of their dancing partners. This educational History Nugget has been proudly brought to you by Men’s Igloo No. 4 and Women’s Igloo No. 8.