Halloween is right around the corner, and at the National Archives we are well versed in the creepiest, weirdest records of the Federal government. Here’s our list of favorites that are sure to make you shudder with fear!
What’s more dangerous- a poison bottle equipped with spikes or the poison itself?:
In doubtful cases of actual death:
But if you are buried alive, you’ll want someone to find you, right?:
A fire mask that looks like it will do more harm than help:
A rascal officer in front of a creepy house:
Some spooky visitors in the Oval Office:
Food safety is a big concern on Halloween. Let’s hope this doesn’t show up in a trick or treat bag:
This kind of mystery meat is more trick than treat:
This creeping doll is just creepy:
But not as creepy as this wall of “heads”:
A very scary rodent trap:
Animals in the Archives make us squeamish, especially when they are a part of the record:
Many thanks to Today’s Document and the Prologue blog for their spooky contributions. What is the creepiest, most skin crawling record you’ve found at the National Archives? Let us know, and have a very spooky Halloween!