Good Bye Halloween

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Halloween is almost over and I am stuck with several bags of candy. By the looks of many reports from friends in Laredo and all over the U.S., many were left ready to receive trick-or-treaters and got neither.

There were a few, very few, whose neighborhood’s were swamped with kids. Maybe this signals another shift in how we celebrate Halloween – one where activities for kids are held at home parties or pizza places. With the overblown and unnecessary worry of tampering with candy and sex offender abductions (both extremely rare), activities have moved indoors. I guess that’s a good thing for the real threat on Halloween – accidents, especially in traffic.

I could be wrong but… our culture is always changing.

As I watch the History Channel’s history of Halloween, the 30’s were a juvenile delinquent’s dream. There has been an intentional mellowing of rowdy mischievous traditions. Just the saying “Trick or Treat” is less than 80 years old, in part it arose from trying to buy off kids so the resident wouldn’t be vandalized or “tricked”. We continue to evolve – maybe even restore sanity!

Sorry, couldn’t help myself 🙂

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7 Responses to Good Bye Halloween

  1. C. Lopez says:

    As always..enjoyed the post..Thanks!

  2. MaryHelen says:

    That was a cool video. It showed that people are fed up…but still have a sense of humor. I like that.

    As for Halloween, it’s a holiday that’s dear to my heart because my family has always enjoyed making special “projects” for it — whether it be a haunted house, a “UFO sighting”, a masquerade party, or just a ghoulish feast, we really get in the mood! Trick-or-treaters are just an interruption in the fun, except, of course, for when we were little kids! So, if no one shows at the door, well, it just means more for us! 😉

  3. rick78 says:

    The wind of change ! Much safer to party at home have 100% control on the kiddos .In the past my aunts and uncles took me out to collect candy and everyone knew everyone the good ole days are far gone . Nice video revolution without firing a weapon.

  4. Poncho1950 says:

    Things have changed drastically in our neighborhood, a middle-class suburb of Reading, Pa. We got may two dozen trick or treaters this year. We used to get closer to 100.

    You are right about the vandalism. My tío, who later reformed and became a good person, I hasten to add, talked about running down the street in Laredo on Halloween, with his slingshot in hand and shooting out street lights.

    And, of course, in Europe on Allhallows Eve for countless decades, if not centuries, it was traditional to torment the Jews.

    Evolution is a good thing.

  5. Juanita says:

    I didn’t have a single trick-or-treater! I live in an apartment complex, but I always see tons of kids around.

    BTW, I had several friends at the rally and they said it was hilarious.
    I would have to clarify that I think people are fed up…with people being ‘fed up’.

  6. stxparrothead says:

    Only had one group of four come to our house- living in the “back corner” with neighbors who don’t give out candy… saw tons of kids out & about, but only the one group ventured down our end of the street!

  7. Christy says:

    My neighborhood was packed. ran out of candy!!

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