Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Memories

I have vivid memories of running through the neighborhood with my brothers and sisters carrying a pillowcase to haul all my candy in. I'd start trick-or-treating as soon as the sun started to go down and we'd be out until 9:00, which is when everyone turned out their lights (at least in our neighborhood). I don't remember Mom or Dad ever walking us around to ring on the doors. It wasn't until much later that we heard about razor blades and poison in candy so we were safe - or so we thought. And I never knew anyone who got bad candy.

And even when my kids were trick-or-treating they'd go inside peoples' house and have apple cider and cookies. We must have lived in the golden age.

Now, we have to be so careful and I think it's sooooo sad. Kids have to be "escorted" to stay safe. But I guess it's better to be safe than sorry and I wouldn't risk it today. But looking back, it was such a wonderful time but at least I have those "sweet" memories.


David Batista said...

Those were better times. It was like this even for me growing up in the Bronx in the early 80s. We didn't trick o' treat (pagan holiday for us), but we were allowed to play outdoors all day long on the streets of our neighborhood with no adult supervision. Something that could never happen nowadays, despite the Bronx actually being far safer, statistics-wise, now than back in the 80s.

Also, you make me crave Halloween candy now. :)

The Spooky Whisk said...

I remember when kids started to trick or treat in the malls, because it was thought to be safer.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I think it has to be the safest night of the year--everyone is out and about and having fun together. But even my kids have heard the razor blade myth, and I never even told them!