WHAT I REMEMBER ABOUT HALLOWEEN

Halloween was a big event around my house when I was a kid. It meant two things: dressing up to get candy and Christmas was right around the corner. We didn’t get a lot of candy growing up, so we couldn’t wait to start knocking on doors in the neighborhood.

When it came to costumes there were two rules. First, we couldn’t afford to buy one, so we had to make our own. And second, mom didn’t allow costumes that were about killing or death. That meant our costumes were pretty normal things like football players, firemen and hobo’s. Halloween wasn’t about satan or evil, it was simply about fun.

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. If you could get one or maybe two pieces of chocolate, you’d struck gold.

Oh, and we were always reminded of the rules like, “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 at school that bad people put needles and razorblades in apples, so never eat an apple with out inspecting it. I remember thinking, “Who’d want a stinking apple anyway, bring on the candy.”

This Friday night my youngest two will dress up and go trick-or-treating. They’ll get twice as much candy as I ever got with only half the time and 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, because I know where they hide their candy bags. :)

What do you remember about Halloween when you were a kid?

(Comment of the Day: penitentman said… “I remember a couple years where we filled multiple pillowcases with sugary loot.I remember egging an old guy’s house the year he handed out cellophane wrapped rolls of pennies with like 7 cents in them… that’s worth like… a laffy taffy and a half. Come on!I remember the guy who some years would put a stuffed scarecrow on his porch and some years would dress as a scarecrow and sit there and you never knew which it was until he jumped up and growled at you. At which point I was glad to have a pillowcase sized bag to hide the fact I wet myself.I remember tearing the crotch in my batman costume from jumping around the house yelling Ka-Pow! And later jumping off the swingset with the batman cape on… and oh the delightful smell of those plastic masks with poor vision and sweat in the eyes…”)

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  1. Stoogelover says:

    We would be out for hours on Halloween and literally come home with at least a shopping bag filled, if not a second bag partially filled. Then we’d spread out all the candy (there were four of us) and start the trading! We, too, had to make our own costume and it was usually whatever took the least amount of time and effort. My older brother and his friends were more into the prank side of the night, but he also got the most candy. We’d not come in until close to midnight.

  2. a cowgirl at heart says:

    First, my mom always made our Halloween costumes, too! We were never anything evil, either but I’m not sure it was a rule, I think my brother and I just weren’t interested. We were always something like a superhero or our favorite character from a book or movie. Here are some I remember…Pippi Longstocking, the caterpillar from Alice and Wonderland, Raggedy Anne, a hula girl, a clown, a pirate, a ghost, a pumpkin, Annie (as in Little Orphan). I also have fond memories of our Halloween parade. It was huge. All the elementary students walked in it with their classes, and it was down the main street in town all the way to the Honey Bowl (our stadium). I was always so excited to see everyone! I have always liked Halloween and I think it is mainly because the weather is changing and it is the perfect time of year for being outside in the crisp, cool air. Although in South Texas it wasn’t as crisp or cool as it is here.

  3. a cowgirl at heart says:

    Oh, I forgot Superman! Duh! How could I forget him?

  4. Scott says:

    The smell of vinyl played a big part. I often got one of those boxed costumes, though occasionally I’d go the cowboy/hobo route. That was perhaps an early economic indicator. My favorite was the Stormtrooper costume.

    I remember houses where the adults set out to scare the pee out of us kids. I remember getting bucketloads of candy. We may actually be doing Halloween this year, which is a BIG step for my wife. She’s always been anti, but we got an invite from church friends to go with them for real trick or treat and ours are still at that cute age (8/6/3) where it would be a shame to miss this.

  5. Maria says:

    This will be our kiddos first year too, they are excited.
    I have many kid memories of Halloween but the one that seems to remain vivid was the one where my little brother & I got chased by a little demon of a dog, think we lost most our candy in that chase. Anyway I think it might have been the last time I went trick-or-treating. Never-the-less we are still going trick or treating Friday, just bringing my mace just in case! =)
    Happy Candy Harvest y'all!

  6. DJG says:

    We lived out in the country so my Dad usually took us around to the neighbors in the car. We would get a variety of candy but maybe only 6 or 7 full size candy bars. They were the best. I also remember somebody had to stay at home because we would have around 100 to 120 trick-or-treaters. Later in life it was hay rides and yard rolling.

    Man I loved (still do) Halloween!

  7. Laura says:

    I was just thinking about this. I remember going to certain houses. The lady down the street would always take our picture then mail it to us. My great-grandmother always made popcorn balls. One older lady had a separate bowl of “good” candy behind her chair for the “special kids.” Another lady always made these spiced-apple muffins. She’d put a ghost made out of tissue and a sucker in the middle. We always couldn’t wait to go to her house–we never ate the muffins, but they were cool. We are making the list of “must-see” people for this year. Our kids are expected at several houses–a lot of them I went to as a kid. How cool is that?

  8. penitentman says:

    I remember a couple years where we filled multiple pillowcases with sugary loot.

    I remember egging an old guy’s house the year he handed out cellophane wrapped rolls of pennies with like 7 cents in them… that’s worth like… a laffy taffy and a half. Come on!

    I remember the guy who some years would put a stuffed scarecrow on his porch and some years would dress as a scarecrow and sit there and you never knew which it was until he jumped up and growled at you. At which point I was glad to have a pillowcase sized bag to hide the fact I wet myself.

    I remember tearing the crotch in my batman costume from jumping around the house yelling Ka-Pow! And later jumping off the swingset with the batman cape on… and oh the delightful smell of those plastic masks with poor vision and sweat in the eyes…

    -Mike

  9. cwinwc says:

    I remember going out in the hood in search for candy. It was cool to see your friends dressed up as you walked the streets. The top of your costume usually came off after a while in the hot, humid Central Florida night.

  10. Brie says:

    Hmmm. I remember very tenaciously bobbing for apples (did you know that if you just hold your breath and shove the apple all the way to the bottom of the bucket it cannot escape?), discovering that eating tootsie rolls will not actually kill a dog, and really hating getting that weird black and orange wrapped mystery flavor taffy. Blech.

    We do Halloween up BIG at my house. Decorations, costumes, candy out the wazoo…it’s fun. Noah will be two in December and he’s been practicing his dragon roar for Halloween.

  11. dpcbb says:

    I remember the absolute beating of costumes. Hated choosing them alost as much as wearing them.

    I learned early on that sis would do the work and then have to share the candies.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I was born during the depression, lived out in the country, never heard of Halloween or had a costume. But now we put out a few “cute things” (not scary) and try to buy decent candy so if there is candy left I can have it. I enjoy the little ones who come and are so cute. I don’t like scary Halloween things, or people who scare you. I hope your two get lots of goodies. I used to eat out of your candy, when you would let me. Mom

  13. wjcsydney says:

    I grew up in South Africa, and there was no Halloween. It’s only very recently been making inroads here in Australia (last 10 years or so), mainly pushed by market forces (there is a gap between Father’s Day and Christmas that Halloween “fills)

  14. Haley says:

    From second to fourth grade we lived on the back side of a pet cemetery and one Halloween this lady was sitting in her front yard dressed as a scary witch. After beckoning me to come up and see her (I refused) she told me that no where was safe on Halloween night; not even your own house. Needless to say I was traumatized for the rest of the night!!!

  15. Fillmycup says:

    Here in WI, Halloween either meant, wearing a coat over your costume so no one could actually see your costume. OR the “I can’t put my arms down” thing because your winter coat didn’t quite fit under your costume. Not much has changed in that department.

  16. preacherman says:

    I remember going as Yoda one year. I thought it was so cool!:-)
    I have some tricks that are pretty good:
    1)Instead of carmel apples make carmel onions!!!
    2)Instead of giving candy, put ice in their sacks!!!! Especially the kids who have paper sacks. The ice melts and you get their candy that falls in your yard!!!!
    3)Garlic Salt Popcorn Balls.
    I have other tricks up my sleeve. :-)

  17. Anonymous says:

    Trey, I am right there with you all. I can remember filling up two brown grocery bags (sacks). I remember and still have a couple pictures of me going as a ghost white sheet out of the drawer, red lipstick that was grandma’s, also the best were wearing my aunts scrubs when i was her size and having everything that you would need to scrub in to go into surgery. I wish halloween was that way now, my three would love to get goobs and goobs of candy. I also remember in illinois growing up it seemed like it always was a rainy day and we used to go out from 3 o’clock till way past our bed times. Those were the days. Oh my gosh I sound like my grandparents what is this world coming too!! See you wednesday Dina

  18. Cornelius Crew says:

    First, I remember that Louise would always give out pencils and apples!? Also that your neighbor to the west, always seemed a little nicer, or at least his wife did. But I was always careful NOT to step on his grass.(What was his name?) And we always had a stop at your parents house. Plus we pretty much knew everyone in the neighborhood, so there really wasn’t ever a need to check the candy. Reading that your mom didn’t allow ‘killing or death’ makes me wonder if that’s where I got it from. I don’t allow that either, which has been a real problem this year…my 7 yr old thinks he’s big enough for that. But I held strong and he ended up being Wolf man.

  19. underthebigbluesky says:

    my mom’s handmade costumes. seriously, and the fact that my parents always dressed up too.
    and the fact that living out here in the boondocks, you had to get in the car and drive from house to house, so no, we didn’t get bucketloads of candies.

    i made the girls costumes this year and wonder how they will go over with all the other prefab ones.

    we’ll see.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I remember my mother made all my costumes. My most favorite one was Martha Washington! I got to wear a long dress and how fun was that. Either my sister or my brother would take me trick or treating ( they are soooo much older than me, haha). Once my mother retired she would then dress up for all the kids that came to their house. That was so great and I miss that terribly, God bless her.

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