Jack-o-Lantern and Baby

It was the cover image on the November, 1911 edition of Little Folks Monthly Magazine. The illustrator was Bess Bruce Cleaveland (1876 – 1966). Cleaveland was an American art teacher and illustrator. Much of her work features children and animals – her favorite subjects.

This Halloween illustration features a young child approaching a jack-o-lantern. It is one of those fun illustrations where it could be interpreted several ways. Is the baby afraid of the carved pumpkin? It’s cheeks are red and it appears startled in mid-step. Or maybe the child is excited to meet someone new?

Additionally, this Halloween illustration could easily be modified to simply show a child, wearing white standing on green grass.


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