Tonight my son is going Trick-Or-Treating. Don't even get me started on why towns schedule Trick-Or-Treat on October 28th rather than oh, let's say Halloween.
Anyway, you would think I would have all sorts of awesome stories of my Trick-Or-Treating as a child. Doesn't everyone?
Well, no. As a matter of fact, I don't have very many memories of Trick-Or-Treating because I grew up in a small town in Ohio.
Back in the 1960's some kids somewhere in this country had been given apples with razor blades and needles in them for Halloween and our small town in Ohio and a lot of other towns in the area stopped having Trick-Or-Treat.
Yes, they outlawed a long standing tradition because the world was a big bad scary place back then.
No more full size candy bars. Yep, they didn't even make snack size candy bars back then, you got the full sized ones when you went out on Halloween. OK, you also got homemade popcorn balls and pennies, so it wasn't all Halloween nirvana.
This whole thing happened when I was around 6 or 7, so I really only have a few years of Halloween fun that I can remember.
When I decided to do a post on this subject I started Googling it trying to find out when the razor blade and needle incidents occurred, what town it was in, did they find the culprits, etc. Thought it would be an interesting story.
Well, you know what I found? The majority of these needle and razor blade stories in the 1960's were hoaxes.
They cancelled my Halloween memories because of a hoax!!! Are you kidding me! I want my childhood back!
Who would steal Halloween from this sweet child?
Guess I can gain some comfort in the fact that my parents didn't have to waste money on silly Halloween costumes, jack-o-lanterns or candy bars. Yeah, that was one benefit of the whole thing (insert sarcasm)!
BTW, I didn't need Picasa or Picnik to add sepia tone to my photo, it was already there. It was popular at the time. Along with the pixie haircut.
It is one of my husband's pet peeves that they don't hold Trick-or-Treat on October 31st. He thinks it's a weird Ohio thing (he's from New York and is forever comparing Midwestern ways with "big city" ways). Does your town hold Trick-or-Treat on Halloween or just on a day close to Halloween?
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