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Some Curious Fancy Dresses (The Strand, 1895)
This elaborate outfits designed for the famous British costume ball might be just the thing for your Victorian Halloween party!
The Brunswick Ghost (CFM, 1887)
Was an 18th-century German schoolmaster walking the halls of the Carolinium College of Brunswick?
A Nutting Party and Halloween Frolic (Demorest, 1887)
The focus of a good old Victorian Halloween party was fortune-telling - with chestnuts, hot lead, and more!
Prize Bills of Fare (Demorest, 1887)
Some delicious recipes that, in 1887, would feed a family for a week for less than $10!
The Guest and Guest-Chamber, and Etiquette Between Guests (GOP, 1895)
In Victorian days, houseguests often expected to stay awhile; here are some tips on making the visit comfortable for everyone.
Some Objectionable Wedding Customs (GOP, 1895)
"An Old Lady" objects to such newfangled bridal customs as throwing rice, throwing the slipper, and boy-pages.
Imitation Stained Glass (GOP, 1897)
The beautiful Fred Miller designs in this article could be applied to many craft projects besides glass!
Country Customs: Nutting in the Woods (ILA, 1849)
This article informs us that wood-nuts gathered before October are "worthless" -- this is the month to seek hazelnuts, and enjoy the changes that autumn brings to the woods.
Merops the Rook (GOP, 1901)
The tale of Merops, a partially tame, solitary rook -- solitary until, at last, he finds his feathered soul-mate!
The Ghosts of Nether Talkington (Windsor Magazine, 1897)
It's Halloween, and who can resist a good ghost story? This one's a charmer!
High Tea (CFM, 1878)
Tips on hosting this quintessential Victorian meal.
The First Fire of the Season (ILA, 1847)
Travelers who have visited England know that no matter how cold it is, nothing is likely to persuade your hosts from "turning on the heat" before October. Apparently this custom goes way back...
An Ostrich Feather (Demorest, 1879)
A look at ostrich farming.
My School Days, Part 10 (GOP, 1897)
Get up close and personal with famous children's author E. Nesbit as she recalls her own childhood in this charming 12-part serial!
Chronicles of an Anglo-Californian Ranch, Part 11 (GOP, 1899)
A British family sallies forth into the New World to seek its fortune in southern California, not far from the "busy and enterprising town of Los Angeles." (Still not quite politically correct...)
Odds and Ends (GOP, 1896)
A fascinating round-up of news, notes and trivia from around the Victorian world.
October Garland

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Magazine Abbreviations:
CFM = Cassell's Family Magazine GOP = Girl's Own Paper ILA = Illustrated London Almanack S = The Strand
AM = Atlantic Monthly C = Century Magazine D = Demorest's Monthly Magazine G = Godey's Lady's Book H = Harper's Monthly
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