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Ghosts of Halloween - Past, Present, and Future


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Posted by Barb on Friday, November 1st 2019:

As a child of the Depression, my mom said kids didn't do trick or treating but went "begging" at Thanksgiving. From the 40s to the 60s, children go the trick or treating using burnt cork to become hobos, bums, and beggars. Other get-ups were cowboys/girls, Indians, witches, clowns - all home-made No such thing as store-bought costumes. We would come home with pennies, fruit, and handfuls of MnMs, Mary Janes, Jaw Breaksers, aspirins (those sweet dots on paper strips) - "penny candies" and no such thing as individually-wrapped. We had parties with apple-bobbing, Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey, and musical chairs. Few and far in-between, tricks were wadded toilet paper and egg-throwing - all done by older teens.

In the 60s, teens started "wrecking" - porch plants and lawn objects were stolen or knocked over. The use of aerosol shaving cream was used on cars. I don't remember Halloween being the big deal that it is now, and I give credit to Roseann Barr for making it so.

Nowadays, there's mischief night (whatever that is). Due to poisoners, perverts, and parents, trick or treating may be disappearing. For the previous three years, I barely got any visitors. "forcing" me to gorge on $15-20 worth of candy and donating the leftovers to church. Last night, I had bunches of visitors (mostly older kids) and gave away most of the candy. What traditions, tricks, or treats can you remember?

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