This year I would like to give a Halloween salute to Elizabeth Krebs, the founder of the Halloween parade.
Krebs, president of the Hiawatha Kansas Garden Club in 1914, wanted to reverse the disastrous antics of the local youth from vandalizing the town every Halloween. Flower beds would be trampled, personal property would be damaged, and child injuries reported.
Krebs began by giving a small party for neighborhood children, but that only mildly worked. Next, she decided a Halloween parade would be better, however, she could not get the townspeople to fund the experiment. With her own money, she funded a parade and more-or-less festival with treats for everyone in the center of the city. The turnout was tremendous!
The next morning, Krebs waited anxiously for the report from the marshall’s office about the damage reports. There were none. Her experiment worked.
This transformed the holiday all across the country until every town had a Halloween Parade and Festival to celebrate the season thus circumventing the terror of the not-so-nice “tricks” of the local youth.
Salute to Elizabeth Krebs, Kansan who made the holiday into more fun than havoc . . . and saved her flower garden!