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Jet Propulsion Laboratory Archives: Halloween

Guide for accessing all types of materials in the JPL Archives.

Halloween at JPL

Halloween is important to JPL's history - the very first rocket tests by JPL's founders were performed in the Arroyo Seco on October 31, 1936. Throughout the years, celebrating our birthday on Lab has included activities like masquerade dances, costume contests, and more recently a pumpkin carving contest. Below we have collected a small sample of Halloween festivities throughout the years.  

A cleared PowerPoint version of this exhibit is available on PubLib.

October 2020, CL#20-4851

Halloween Masquerade Dances, 1950s

P-360D, 1954-10-22

The first Halloween "Masquerade Dance" was held in 1954 at the Palms Ballroom in Glendora, CA. 

Halloween Masquerade Dances, 1950s

P-357C, 1954-10-22

Halloween Masquerade Dances, 1950s

P-362D, 1954-10-22

Halloween Masquerade Dances, 1950s

P-557A, 1955-10-22

6K Fuel Tank 2 ‘Lou Arthur'

This is not Halloween, but a bonus! 

P-1399A1960-03-01

6K Fuel Tank 2 ‘Lou Arthur

This is not Halloween, but a bonus! 

P-1399B1960-03-01

Halloween around the Lab, 1980s

P-26435, 1983-10-31

Halloween around the Lab, 1980s

P-27912, 1983-10-31

Ranger Project Manager, Harris M. Schurmeier, posing with Ranger II as a wizard with his bunny-suited ghost friends on Halloween

352-3855Bc, 1960s

MER Pumpkin, 2002

Courtesy of JPL Photolab

Costume Contest, 2008

Courtesy of JPL Photolab

Costume Contest, 2008

Courtesy of JPL Photolab

Costume Contest, 2016

Courtesy of JPL Photolab

Costume Contest, 2016

Courtesy of JPL Photolab

Pumpkin Carving Contest, 2016

Courtesy of JPL Photolab

Pumpkin Carving Contest, 2018

Courtesy of JPL Photolab

Pumpkin Carving Contest, 2018

Courtesy of JPL Photolab

Pumpkin Carving Contest, 2018

Courtesy of JPL Photolab

Pumpkin Carving Contest, 2019

Courtesy of JPL Photolab

Costume Contest, 2019

Courtesy of JPL Photolab

Costume Contest, 2019

Courtesy of JPL Photolab

Costume Contest, 2019

Courtesy of JPL Photolab

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