Today we are going to Muse about Halloween.  If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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will soon be here.  October is just around the corner.

`The Ghost

The Ghost

I was reminded of this by my brother, my younger brother.  He’s the pirate.

He sent me this photo with the remark “This picture just shows how naïve Sue and I were; we thought you were going as a ghost.  We didn’t realize you were going as a KKK member.”

How nice!

This got me thinking about Halloween and how it has changed since I was young.

The earliest one I remember was at my grandparents house and I was probably 4.  Suddenly kids started showing up in funny costumes and shouting “Trick or Treat”.  I was fascinated.

I was in the first grade when I first took part dressed as a tramp.  We made our costumes then and a tramp was easy:  dirty face and a stick with a bandana making a sack.

My older brother and I went through the neighborhood for Trick or Treat.  Parents did not go out with their children then.  We were given cookies, and candy, mostly home-made.  One neighbor invited us in for pumpkin pie.  Another gave me a can of beer to take home to my dad.  Today if it is not in a wrapper parents won’t let the children have it.

One year my mother was in to making cake donuts.  They were good.  That’s what she gave out as the treat.

Over time people became more concerned about their children running around the neighborhoods on their own.  They turned to the schools.  The elementary school in our town held a big Halloween party with prizes and it was at night, not some afternoon thing!  We thought it was great!

I don’t know if that is done today.

What I do not remember was groups of kids being bused into neighborhoods.  Our Halloween was local, three or four blocks around where we lived.

I also do not  remember parents escorting children when I was young.  That duty fell to an older child, either in the family or a neighbor. Notice in the above photo, I am holding a flashlight.  I was taking the crew out.

I do remember some of us doing the “Trick”, i.e.  soaping car windows, turning over garbage cans . . . that kind of thing.  I’m sorry.  My bad.

That has been around for a long time.  I have this book, Oh Skinny! The Days of Real Sport.

Oh Skinny

Oh Skinny

Published in 1913, it has illustrations and verses about everyday events of children in small town America.  Here is the one about Halloween:





That was a hundred years ago!

So get set.  Halloween is on its way.

Oh, and I have my version of the Halloween photo.

That's a ghost!

That’s a ghost!

You gotta know that’s a ghost.

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  1. Pingback: HALLOWEEN APPROACHES | Thomas L. Tribby Artist

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