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Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, October 28, 1951, Image 140

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Soaping windows and running away is both malicious and risky. These girls find more
enjoyment in creating artistic displays with paint and brushes suppfcd free by merchants.
4CCORDING to legend. Halloween is the
one night of the year when ghosts,
witches and evil spirits are most likely to
wander over the earth. Nowadays, the holi
day has lost most of its significance except
Insofar as the kids are concerned, but in
many communities the youngsters are a
greater menace to property than all the evil
spirits. Pranks and acts of rowdyism occur
all over the country, particularly the messy
custom of soaping windows.
To combat this destructive urge, several
communities have worked out programs to
provide harmless entertainment for the kids
on Halloween eve. One of these towns is
Scarsdale, N. Y . which has come up with a
system for encouraging the artistic urges of
its youthful window soapers.
Sponsored jointly by schools and the
Chamber of Commerce, a window-painting
contest is held, open to every one from 6 to 18,
with paint and brushes supplied free. Mer
chants donate the use of their store windows
for the Halloween artists and prizes are
awarded for the best drawing, best Halloween
theme and most comical drawing. In return,
the boys and girls agree not to break anything
and not to interfere with the carrying on of
normal store business. Last year, 575 children
painted 227 store windows before an admiring
crowd of over 5,000 and the police department
reported that vandalism dropped 90 per cent.
What store owner wouldn't rather see a boy draw a wild
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