From an article entitled “Noisy Halloween”:
At the Newsboys’ Home last evening, Halloween was celebrated in a jolly manner. All the boys who attend the Sunday school, about 60 in number, gathered in the chapel at 8 o’clock. Superintendent Druitt and a few ladies and gentlemen who were present treated the lads to nuts, grapes, apples and sweet cake. There was an abundance for all, and the youngsters gorged themselves to repletion. Several jolly games were played. The greatest fun was found with the apples suspended by strings from the ceiling, which the boys tried to catch with their mouths.
The Home was visited yesterday afternoon by Messrs. Roberts and Sawyer, members of the State Board of Charities. They had not been in the house for two years. They expressed surprise and gratification at the many improvements visible, and highly praised the work which Mr. Druitt has been doing.
You can read the full article, with descriptions of other celebrations around Pittsburg, here: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84024546/1889-11-01/ed-1/seq-6/