by Stephanie Carroll @CarrollBooks

Note: What follows are photos selected to accompany yesterday’s post, 10 Ways the Victorians Contributed to Modern-Day Halloween.
While not exactly a Wordless Wednesday post, we thought you’d enjoy a visual interpretation of Victorian-era behaviors.

PartiesUniversity of Southern California Student Halloween Party, Circa 1890

University of Southern California student Halloween party, ca. 1890. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.


1890 Halloween Party & Costumes [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.


Caption on Card: “Author’s Third Flashlight Photograph of 1 June, 1912. Portrait of M. Bisson.” The Public Domain Review via Flickr.

This is an image of a couple with a young female spirit. According to the image, it seems to be created to support Spiritualism in the 19th century. It was taken by the spirit photographer William Hope. Circ. 1920. National Media Museum (Couple with a young female spirit) [Public domain or No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons.

Creepy Photos

A photograph of a “headless woman” produced around 1900. By Samuel Kay Balbirnie (1878-1879) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Trick photo, decapitated man with bloody knife, holding his head. 1875. By George Eastman House [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons.

Post mortem-photography of a young Norwegian girl. Photographed in 1911 by Gustav Borgen. Attribution: Gustav Borgen [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Mourning & Death Culture

Victoria’s five daughters (Alice, Helena, Beatrice, Victoria and Louise), March 1862. By William Bambridge (Royal Collection RCIN 2900549 Images of Her World) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Holy Trinity churchyard, with an ornate Victorian headstone depicting passion flowers and a dove. Penny Mayes CC, via Wikimedia Commons

Gothic Literature

By Chicago : National Prtg. & Engr. Co. Modifications by Papa Lima Whiskey CC or GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons.

Creepy Houses

Goyer Lee House showing a mixture of Second Empire and Queen Anne Architecture. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Example of Gothic Revival architecture also known as neo-gothic: Oxley House, Leeds LS16 8HL. Built 1861 in neo-gothic style. In 1921 became Oxley Hall student residence of the University of Leeds. Now called Oxley House within the Oxley Hall residences. By Chemical Engineer (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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About Stephanie Carroll:

Stephanie Carroll

Stephanie Carroll

Stephanie Carroll writes Gothic Victorian and Magical Realism fiction. Her debut novel, A White Room, was USA Book News’ 2013 Cross-Genre Winner and was featured as a favorite cover in Shelf Unbound Magazine. As a reporter and community editor, Stephanie earned first place awards from the National Newspaper Association and the Nevada Press Association. She holds degrees in history and social science.

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10 Ways the Victorians Contributed to Modern-Day Halloween
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