Monday, October 27, 2014

5 Days Till Halloween: Who's With Me?


Halloween used to be fun and scary. It was fun because you got to dress in a costume - any costume. I don't remember ever being restricted.  Maybe I was not savvy enough to consider the political, feminist and social agendas I could incorporate into my costume back in the day. As a kid, I'd grab my closest friends and take off down the street. Guaranteed, we knew the exact hour that our community declared "trick or treat time." We wouldn't miss a minute of it and we'd go as far as we could and hit every house on every block.

Most of the houses were well lit and welcoming. A few got into the spirit with over the top decorations, but nothing like what you might see today. I know people who decorate for Halloween as much as they do for Christmas! Virtual haunted houses are recreated in their yards and you just know something is going to jump out at you...it's just a matter of time.

The scary part of the Halloween of my youth was when we found ourselves far from our homes and near empty lots or dark wooded areas. Initially, we would try to scare each other and pretend we heard strange noises. We'd make sudden movements, and shout "What was that!!" 

More than once, however, we did think something was moving in the bushes...leaves rustled as if someone walked just slightly behind us. The loud mouth bunch of the neighborhood could get very quiet when under duress. It had to be our runaway imaginations, right?  RIGHT? Strange lights flickered in the trees or maybe we actually heard a weird noise. All of a sudden the thought occurred to us that we might die dressed as Batman, Dracula, a Hobo and a Hillbilly. Now tell me that isn't scary??

We loved getting a good scare.

Tragically, I still risk life and limb for candy - depending on whether or not chocolate is involved. 

17 comments:

  1. Good morning, dear Cherdo! Halloween was my favorite day of the year when I was young in the 50s and early 60s. The city of York held an annual Halloween parade and my parents always took me to it. Every year I went out on trick-or-treat night wearing the latest horror mask and made the rounds with a couple of friends. We got started the minute it was dark enough to be spooky and stayed out late - well after 9 pm - making sure we hit every house in a three block radius. Most people were home with porch lights on and most were friendly and welcoming.

    Then came the 70s. As a newsman I found myself reporting incidents of children biting into razor blades and becoming ill after eating trick-or-treat candy laced with rat poison or Tylenol.

    I predict there will be kids and adults dressed in hasmat "Ebola Busters" costumes this year. It seems bound to happen.

    I am happy to report that trick-or-treat night has been a positive experience for me in recent years. We get close to 300 visitors and most are accompanied by at least one parent or responsible adult. The vast majority of the kids are sweet, well behaved and courteous. It gives me hope.

    Have a great Monday and a week to match, dear friend Cherdo!

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    1. Shady:

      The "scares" of the 70s - right when it was prime Halloweening time for me and my pals! Do remember when parents had to check Halloween candy? There's always someone who wants to ruin the fun...or at least threaten to ruin the fun. I can't think of a more hateful or cowardly thing to do than to hurt children - anonymously, to boot.

      There was a flip in thinking about Halloween costumes between childhood and adulthood. Spoiler alert! That is tomorrow's post. Can you guess the "attitude change?"

      I never thought about the Ebola Busters...you're right! That will be seen, for sure!

      I just had to turn on the heat...a SURE sign of Fall. Have a warm, safe day!

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    2. I just had to turn on the a/c...a SURE sign of Fall in Central Florida!

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    3. Speaking of parents checking candy....every Three Musketeers that we brought home was pronounced suspect by my father.
      It wasn't until much later that I learned my father loved Three Musketeers bars.

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    4. My Dad loved to claim anything with nuts...PayDay, Snickers, Reese's....love the Dads.

      Shady: By 2 pm, we will switch to a/c...we're flaky.

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    5. No AC here. I haven't needed it for a week or so. It's 86 degrees, but the humidity is low and it's chilly enough at night to keep the house comfortable all day. No one ever checked my Halloween candy. Until I was eight years old, we lived in a very small town. On Halloween people gave away goodies such as homemade sugar cookies and toffee apples. Those were the days, my friends.

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  2. I think you know my feelings about Halloween (I know because you poked around my place).
    We always loved getting the full-size candy bars. The Fun-Size were okay, I guess, then they went to those Mini Fun Size candy bites.
    Those houses got egged.

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    1. I do love to poke around some Al...ha ha. Halloween is my favorite holiday.

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  3. Do you think I should go trick or treating as a duck (again) this year?

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    1. Absolutely - it's the only thing that makes sense, ha ha.

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  4. Do I HAVE to look under the sheets? Willy Dunne Wooters convinced me to look under the sheets last night. I got the fright of my life. A palmetto bug was in the bed.

    Love,
    Janie

    P.S. I made that up. No palmetto bug. It's my idea of a risque joke.

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    1. Never...ever...ever look under the bed. There will be a monster under there or you'll have to dust. Either way, it's not good.

      What's up with those palmetto bugs? They look like giant cockroach. Tennessee is a "no palmetto bug zone."

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    2. Florida is the only place I've seen palmetto bugs. They are giant, flying cockroaches. When the weather is warm, I get one or two/month in my house. The appearance of a palmetto bug always leads to loads of fun as I scream and WDW complains he's lost even more of his hearing because of me. It's safe to look under my bed because Mrs. Roomba cleans there.

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  5. I loved Halloween as a kid, too, and remember going out with my friends. Oh, the candy! We never got scared though. I always felt completely at home in the dark - even to this day. Heh-heh-heh.

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    1. Trying to freak out friends was always part of the big picture, ha ha.

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  6. I love Halloween. I am going to be "Goo" from Gumby and Pokey. We went to a small town that one would pick right out of some scary story and it was fun! I went until I was 17! I then went one last time when I was 23. I know-sad but I lioved it

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo