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Drexel’s Ghosts of Halloween Past

October 27, 2017

A Dragon wearing a witch costume in chemistry lab in 1979. Photo courtesy University Archives.
A Dragon wearing a witch costume in chemistry lab in 1979. Photo courtesy University Archives.

This year, Halloween falls on a Tuesday, which means you might see some Dragons dressed up in bewitching costumes on campus (perhaps even dressed up as dragons).

To help you get into the Halloween spirit and celebrate the holiday — in addition to costumes, candy and Trick-or-Treating, of course — DrexelNow dug up some spooktacular pictures of how students, faculty and staff have dressed up for the holiday at Drexel, as well as those from the two historical institutions that helped create the College of Medicine.

Halloween, which dates back more than 2,000 years, was widely celebrated in America in the 19th century, especially by the time that Drexel was founded in 1891. That means that Drexel faculty, staff and students have been celebrating Halloween since the very beginning, and you can see what that looked like decades or even more than a century ago.

We at Drexel Booniversity’s DrexelNow witch you a Happy Howl-O-Ween!

It is worth noting that these photos are historical materials that may contain offensive images, controversial subject matter or negative stereotypes, and must be viewed as products of their time and place.

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