Not only do I remember the Halloween walk from door to door with my friends, but most of all I remember the great TREATS!
In those days a lot of our neighbors made homemade candy apples, Rice Krispy balls, chocolate candy, and wonderfully decorated cupcakes. There were apples and oranges, plus an assortment of store bought candy, too. And at many of the houses we were all invited in to have our costumes oooed and ahhhed over. I always ended up with a huge bag of great goodies by the end of the night.
None of us, the ghosts and goblins or their parents, were the least bit concerned about us eating all of those unwrapped goodies. The thought that someone could intentionally try to hurt us never crossed any of our minds! Quite a far cry from tonight, when many police stations and hospitals will be set up to X-ray all the little ghosts' and goblins' candy, and most children will not be allowed to eat any unwrapped treats.
I wonder what would happen in this day and time to our across the back alley neighbor. Her daughter was one of my best friends, and I remember her mom invited all of us inside to eat these delicious looking chocolate candies.
She couldn't contain her laughter when she saw the startled looks on all our faces, as we quickly spit them out. She had dipped cotton balls in yummy chocolate, and I can still feel that yucky edge as my teeth squeaked when I bit down. It was every bit as bad as scratching fingernails on a chalkboard, for sure, but it's a childhood memory that I still enjoy each Halloween.
I grew up in a more innocent time, and if you're too young to have enjoyed the pure naive pleasure of Halloweens past, you've missed something precious.
Do you make special Halloween desserts, or do you decorate the house? What did you do this Halloween that will be a lasting good memory for you and your children?
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