Halloween was a big event around my house when I was a kid. It meant that the day after Halloween we could start begging mom to put up the Christmas tree early, and it meant candy.
Mom didn’t allow costumes that were about killing or death, so we dressed up as normal things like football players, firemen and hobo’s. Halloween wasn’t about satan or evil, it was simply about candy. Candy was something we didn’t get a lot of at my house. We had a family of nine and my dad was the only one that worked outside the home, so on a single income the budget didn’t include extras such as candy.
I remember spending hours trick-or-treating up and down the blocks for a medium size bag of hard candy. If someone was giving out chocolate, word would spread throughout the neighborhood and we’d get there as fast as we could. No one usually gave out chocolate, so when you got some, it was a big deal.
We were always reminded, “Only go to houses that have their porch lights on and never eat anything until you bring it home to be inspected.” We were always warned that bad people put needles and razorblades in apples, so never eat an apple with out inspecting it. I always thought, “Who’d want a stinking apple anyway, bring on the candy.”
One of the big Halloween events was watching the show Great Pumpkin – Charlie Brown. I remember our family gathering around the television to watch it. I’ve seen that little cartoon about a million times, and yes, I still think Lucy needs a good punch in the nose by Charlie Brown. She’s such an evil little girl.
So tonight, my youngest two will dress up and go trick-or-treating for about an hour before church starts. They’ll get twice as much candy as I ever got with only half the effort. Seventy percent of the candy in their bags will be chocolate, and I can guarantee you that they’ll be unwilling to share any of it with dear old dad. But that’s okay, their bed time is much earlier than mine, and I know where they hide their candy bags.
What do you remember about Halloween when you were a kid?