One of the questions they wanted me to answer was: What do you miss most about your childhood Hallowe'en?
Since I was little during the 1970s, it was pretty easy to remember the fun things about those days. Planning your costume for a month in advance was huge! Bags of handmade treats from your neighbors, because you were pretty sure they weren't going to try to kill you with them. Actual trick or treat bags, not pillowcases. Running around at night with your friends instead of being taken to a bouncy house (not that bouncy houses were invented back then!) or the abomination that is trunk or treat!
I can also distinctly remember the Hallowe'en carnival we had at my grade school.
Yes, folks. A Hallowe'en carnival! Not a harvest fair or festival. A real, live, honest-to-God Halloween Carnival! Pre-politically correct b.s. re-naming of a holiday to make the killjoys happy. (I hear that the Harvest Festival is under attack, too, but there you go. Give the two or three people who are offended an inch, and they'll chew your damn arm off.)
I went onto Facebook and asked the question of a number of folks. Here are their responses:
- The smell of those masks from the '70s!
- Being able to eat treats that were homemade by neighbors.
- The thrill and fun of being out trick r treating with your friends on Halloween night
- My entire family gathering at my grandmother's old house all day to dress it up and then put on the biggest yard haunt in Venice CA.
- I miss spending days figuring out what my costume was going to be.
- The butterfly feeling in my stomach as Halloween approached. Also riding my bike through piles of leaves.
- The plastic masks and aprons.
- All the plotting, planning, and negotiating that went into deciding on a costume and, then, having a gigantic bag of candy to show for your efforts once the evening ended.
- I miss 2 nights of trick-or-treat and it going later than 8:00.
- I also miss the Imagineering products: Scar Stuff, Vampire teeth, blood etc...
- Egging houses
What do you miss about your childhood Hallowe'en? Please leave a comment!