Halloween is one of those events each year that has at least some of us thinking that we really live through the “Good Old Days”.
Back when many of us were growing up, we traveled the streets of our home towns unaccompanied and unencumbered by a parent or guardian.
We were seeking out the biggest candy stashes in town, and yes, filling the doorsteps of houses where folks had taken the time to make popcorn balls or other home made treats that we didn’t have to pass through a metal detector to determine if they were safe to eat.
We didn’t need social media to tell us where the best places to go in town were because word spread from kid to kid, as we actually talked to each other.
If the adults in our lives were concerned that we might get into mischief, or eat too many sweet treats, they kept their worries to themselves.
We wore home-made costumes and dressed up in very politically incorrect characters like cowboys and indians…and clowns too.
Much different than today, I don’t remember a single picture having been taken of my sisters and I dressed up for trick-or-treating.
If the weather was wet or cold, we’d sometimes end up with colds or the flu, but we didn’t complain.
We’d have a candy stash we could enjoy until thanksgiving.
The reasons that trick-or-treating has changed over the years are well documented.
And some of them are very good ones, but it is a shame that kids today don’t get to enjoy the experience as we did.
That’s the way I see it.