WARREN - Christopher Bugnone looked with wide eyes at a mouse trap complete with a spinning wheel.
Christopher walked through the Sutliff Museum on the second floor of the Warren Trumbull County Library Saturday afternoon with his parents, Gregory and Kristyn Bugnone, discovering how children played more than 100 years ago.
"We were downstairs in the library when we were told about this display," Kristyn Bugnone said. "We did not know this was up here. It is wonderful."
Christopher, Greg and Kristyn Bugnone, all of Warren, look at various Halloween symbols while touring the Sutliff Museum located on the second floor of the Warren Trumbull County Library.
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The family looked at Victorian-era toys, pumpkins, gourds and other artifacts used during the period when Queen Victoria ruled England from 1837 to 1901.
"While the era ended in England when Queen Victoria's rule ended, in the U.S. we tend to consider the influence of the period continuing through the early years of World War I," Sally Thomas, curator of Sutliff Museum, said. "The era was reflected in the way people dressed and decorated their homes."
Halloween as a festive holiday and it was celebrated in many of the same ways it is done today with children looking for treats.
Sutliff Museum Upcoming event
WHAT: Presentation about Civil War Era-pattern glass
WHEN: Nov. 19, Coffee at 9 a.m.; Program begins at 9:45 a.m.
WHO: Lecture by Ellen King, an antiques appraiser, historian and lecturer
WHERE: Sutliff Museum at Warren Trumbull County Library
"Costumes were nearly always homemade, so children often went out as tramps, scarecrows, ghosts and in witches costumes," Thomas said. "There was not the emphasis on lights as there are today. There was more of an emphasis on natural materials."
Children went door to door as they do today, but they generally stayed in the area near their homes, Thomas said.
"When children did not received the kind of treat they wanted, they would, at times, play tricks on the homes by throwing dried corn on the porch floor, so the owner would slip and fall," she said. "Or they would run garbage cans up the flag pole or soap their windows."
Sutliff said the museum does themed events not only during Halloween, but also for summer and holidays like Valentine's Day, Easter and Christmas.
"Our main goal is to introduce what is in the museum to area residents," she said.
The museum was created to honor Levi Sutliff, and his brother, Milton, an Ohio Supreme Court Justice, both of whom were abolitionists, active in the underground railroad and anti-slavery activists. The museum's other goal is to educate people about the Victorian area, its fashions, engineering and technologies.
Nearly all of the displays in the museum are authentic to the period.
"Some are from the Sutliff family or are from the period," Thomas said. "We had the carpet woven in the same fashion it was done during that period and the wallpaper was made from the period."