Remember When…Halloween

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Halloween is not what it used to be.  I grew up in a town with two stop lights, back in the bayou. We knew our neighbors and couldn’t walk anywhere without someone calling my mother and telling her where I was and who I was with. I know all about the village raising a child.  We moved in just a few weeks before Hurricane Frederick hit. Because it was a newer subdivision, kids were everywhere. Every house had at least one kid, some had four or five. Point is, packs of us roamed around on a daily basis.

Halloween was the perfect kid holiday. We cut our pumpkins early and put an actual candle inside. My mother forced us to sit still and eat a “real” dinner before we went trick-or-treating. Afterwards, we raced to our rooms, put on our costumes, and grabbed our plastic pumpkins. Mom and dad were waiting by the door to go over the rules:

  • don’t talk to strangers
  • stay to together
  • don’t get in cars with strangers or anyone for that matter
  • come home at 9 oclock
  • don’t eat any candy before we look over it

We’d run outside and walk back up to the door. I’d ring the bell and my dad would yell in a creepy old witch voice, “who is it?”

“Trick or treat” I’d say, barley able to contain my excitement.

Dad would open the door, mom would take a photo and give us each a special treat before sending us out.

Usually, we would meet up with a group of girls and together we’d roam the neighborhood begging for free candy.  Every kid in the neighborhood would be dressed up, going door to door. Older siblings walked with younger children. Even teenagers, I mean high school seniors, went trick or treating. As we walked a few houses would be given the tissue treatment, but mostly it was just fun.   There was even the occasional party with, I kid you not, apple bobbing. Before you start asking if TV was still in black and white, no it was not. This was in the 80s.

Today, trick or treating seems to be a dying event. Maybe it’s because we don’t know our neighbors. I don’t know. Here, neighborhoods have switched to Trunk a Treat or don’t do anything at all. That’s sad. I still look forward to dressing up and going door to door begging for free candy. Is it my favorite holiday? No, but it’s the only one wear I can dress funny and be rewarded for it.

What memories do you have from Halloween?