Halloween at Steward Manor

Is everyone ready for Halloween?

Steward Manor was a fantastic place to go trick-or-treating in the 1980s, as I (and my dentist) can attest. This 1993 photo from the Rental Office’s collection shows some costumed staff members getting a head start on the festivities by distributing treats at the bus stop.

As a kid, it was your mission to make it through all 33 buildings in the complex—a feat some brave ghouls were actually able to accomplish twice in one night! 😉 It was also a time when nearly everyone opened their doors to trick-or-treaters, so you were guaranteed a hefty Halloween haul.

While most residents didn’t necessarily go all-out with Halloween lights in the windows (did such things even exist at the time?), you could find plenty of doors in every building decorated with cardboard cutout pumpkins, Frankensteins, and other icons that signaled a candy-friendly abode.


About Richard Friend

I'm a graphic designer and creator of "Lost Laurel"—a collection of photos and print ephemera chronicling the countless stores, restaurants, and other long-lost merchants of Laurel, Maryland. I'm interesting in hearing from any former/current residents, especially those with vintage photos, literature, and recollections of the community. richardfrienddesign.com lostlaurel.com facebook.com/lostlaurel
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