Halloween in RVA (1949 -1989) : Part II

Check out these photos to see how Richmonders have celebrated Halloween from 1970s and 1980s!

Halloween is a unique, fun time in RVA.  Although some costumes, decorations, and traditions have changed, the spirit hasn’t! Take a look at these photos from our online archival collection to see how Richmonders have celebrated Halloween over the past few decades.

A boy scoops out seeds and pulp from a pumpkin during a carving contest at the “Jack-o-Lantern Jamboree”, an event sponsored by the Valentine in downtown Richmond.
October 31, 1976
Bill Lane
Richmond Times-Dispatch Collection


Poor Richard’s Café on 103 E. Cary Street is draped with toilet paper to celebrate Halloween.
October 31, 1979
Gary Burns
Richmond Times-Dispatch Collection
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A person in a spooky homemade costume attracts a crowd during the Shockoe Slip Halloween Party.
October 30, 1983
Don Long
Richmond Times-Dispatch Collection


Various hobgoblins lined up along East Cary Street in Shockoe Slip participate in the Downtown Presents’ annual Great Big Pumpkin Party.
November 1, 1987
Bruce Parker
Richmond Times-Dispatch Collection


The Pack family dress in kangaroo costumes at the Shockoe Slip Halloween party.
October 29, 1989
Masaaki Okada
Richmond Times-Dispatch Collection

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