When I was young, Halloween was SO cool! I have a feeling though, that every generation says that. Has it really changed that much? I would venture to say that it has. Really, in my youth, it was all about the candy, friends and who could collect the most. At least then we believed that to earn candy, you at least had to wear a Halloween costume, even if you had to wear a coat over it.
One of my earliest memories of Halloween was 1970; my sister came down with pneumonia and was unable to go with me, so my 6 year old self from behind a plastic mask asked for candy for my sister from each of our Davenport, Iowa neighbors. I don’t remember if I felt comfortable doing that as I was a chubby little kid and even then may have thought that people were judging me or may have thought that I was lying just to get more than my fair share of candy.
Back then, we didn’t take our candy to get X-rayed. Even an occasional apple would be carefully inspected or just (probably needlessly) tossed out. Nearly every house had a light on and cheerfully greeted us with oohs and ahs over our costume choices. Dum dums, Milk Duds, peanut butter taffy in the orange and black wrappers, mini boxes of raisins, Tootsie Rolls, Smarties and little bags of candy corn were the fare of the time. We were HAPPY with that! The occasional Reese’s cup, mini Snickers or 3 Musketeers bar was a REAL treat but certainly not the norm. Today, if you don’t have chocolate bars, fun size or other chocolate items otherwise categorized as the “good stuff”, you risk being labeled as a cheapo. That is if you even hear your doorbell at Halloween.
Each neighborhood in each town is different. It seems that we’ve moved away from neighborhoods and started gathering in public spaces to celebrate and gather the goods. My town has a fall festival on our main avenue. Businesses set up displays with games and candy for kiddos and brochures for parents. It’s safe, it’s fun and in some way, I guess it brings the town together. Afterall, hasn’t that always been what it’s
How do you celebrate Halloween? Do you still have little ghouls and goblins ringing your doorbell?