“Witches and goblins and jack-o-lanterns bright
Creep through the town on a cold October night.
You can hear the sounds of running feet when nothing can be seen
And the strangest things can happen on a WILD HALLOWEEN!”
“”C” and I sang this song during childhood in the sixties and now I sing it to my grandchildren! Almost nothing we loved more than trick-or-treating in our neighborhood. Mrs. Korte who lived up the street, dressed as a witch and gave out wax lips, mustaches and fangs! She played spooky music too, so her house was the highlight of our night! It was a simpler time—we never heard of the ugly side of Halloween—it was so much fun to use our imagination, dress up in a costume and run up and down the streets under our parent’s watchful eye in the cool of the autumn night. Later at home we would pour the candy out on the bed or table and see what treats we would enjoy. Remember the peanut butter kisses wrapped in black or orange paper? I still love them, but didn’t find them at the store this year!
My grandkids trick or treated for the first time in a long time. The past few years we have all attended a carnival at a country church with free food and lots of fun for the kids, but this year they wanted to experience trick or treating again. My daughter’s friend lives in a great neighborhood that is child friendly! The little elementary school where “C” and I began first grade had a wonderful carnival. I still remember the lady in a huge skirt with pockets, the scary room which I avoided because it was dark and people jumped out, and of course a cake walk.
Emma’s first time to trick or treat!
Jack and his “Snow White” mama—his first time to trick or treat too!
“Out in the street, merry children run about. Masks on their faces, they
go with noisy shout. They rap at every windowpane where people may
be seen, and the strangest things can happen on a WILD HALLOWEEN!
Hope everyone had a safe, wonderfully FUN Halloween!
TELL ME—what is your favorite memory of Halloween when you were growing up?