In the 1850's pumpkins and gourds were grown on the farm. People did carve these pumpkins and gourds, however, the main reason they did was to provide a source of light. This is much the same as the jack-o-lanterns we carve today.They were used as lanterns during the fall months.
By the 1950's Halloween had evolved into a holiday. This holiday was intended for young children, however, everyone enjoyed celebrating it. Halloween parties were the most common way of celebrating. People would play games, eat seasonal foods and dress in costumes. The idea behind 'trick-or-treat' was families could prevent tricks being played on them by giving candies to children. This is very similar to how we celebrate Halloween today!