Sunday, October 05, 2014
Halloween? If so, what are your traditions? When I was a young trick or treater we always had a party at school. We dressed in our costumes and the room mothers planned fun games and served special Halloween snacks. We even went home with a trick or treat bag full of goodies! After school Mom always made a big pot of chili for dinner and as soon as it was dark we headed out for a fun night of trick or treating. Dad always accompanied us, waiting patiently on the sidewalk, as we knocked at it seems every door in the neighborhood! Back then you had to tell a joke to receive a treat, so for weeks before the big day we practiced our trick so we could get a treat! Mom stayed home to answer the door and give out our treats to the multitude of trick or treaters canvassing our neighborhood. When our bags were full and we were worn out, we would gather around a bonfire with our neighbors and some family too. We roasted hot dogs, made s'mores, and munched on our treats. Nowadays, times have changed and we don't have many trick or treaters knocking on our door. Several area schools and churches host an annual Trunk or Treat event. Everyone meets on the parking lot and the children go from car to car to tell their joke and earn their treat. Parents distribute the candy treats from the trunk of the car or flatbed of a pickup truck. Some towns organize a Halloween party at the local community center with haunted houses, games and snacks for their trick or treaters. And some families we know even spend a scary Halloween evening at Six Flags Fright Fest! What are your plans for Halloween 2014?