Q: A century ago, Halloween celebrations in Kansas were more about vandalism than trick-or-treating. A northeast Kansas town tried to put an end to all the Halloween high-jinx by staging a parade and costume contest for kids. The Halloween Frolic began on October 31, 1914, and is still going strong, making it the oldest night-time Halloween parade in America. Name the Kansas town that’s been holding this Halloween Frolic for the past 102 years.
Halloween celebrations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were often filled with vandalism, Tomfoolery and other shenanigans caused, in many cases, by young hooligans. In 1914, a woman in Hiawatha, Kansas, had had enough.
Mrs. John Krebs decided to organize an autumn parade as a way of keeping young pranksters out of the community's flower beds and gardens at Halloween. The parade was a hit. Pranks and vandalism decreased at Halloween and the idea of holding a Halloween parade soon spread across the country. More than a century later, the mischief-preventing event – often called the Halloween Frolic - has become a town tradition, promoted by the Hiawatha Chamber of Commerce as the oldest Halloween parade in the United States.