This is a rough-and-tumble game for the boys, and must be played either outside, or in a large bare room. Sides are chosen, the big boys taking the small boys on their back, carrying them 'pick-a-back.' The one carrying the boy is called the horse, and the other the rider. The sides stand opposite each other and when a signal is given, they rush toward each other, the horses trying to knock down the opposing horses, and the riders trying to dismount each other. The game continues until a single horse and rider remain, and the side to which they belong wins the game.
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A HALLOWEEN party is probably the only gathering where the stiffness and formality entirely disappear. Every one is in for a good time, and should be dressed in old clothes ready to try all sorts of experiments. Decorate the room appropriately with pumpkin jack-o'-lanterns, greens, weird lights, and strings of peppers, if possible. Mirrors should be in profusion. Effective lights may be made from cucumbers by scraping out the inside and cutting holes in the rind for eyes and nose, and placing a candle in each. Persons dressed as ghosts may receive the guests and usher them into the room where the fun is to be. As soon as a person enters, the host, who is not a ghost, blindfolds the victim, and those already in the room take turns shaking hands with him. He has to guess who each person is. It is marvellous how many mistakes will be made, even if the guests are the best of friends.