It was 1953 the last time I actually ‘celebrated’ Halloween, and had fun as a kid. I actually do not know when the practice of ‘Trick or Treat’, came about down South or anyplace else. BUT it wasn’t during my childhood.
We only made or created our own costumes and walked around ‘Tricking’. We walked downtown (Valdese, NC had only one street of businesses), most of us boys had a bar of soap taken from home and soaped the windows of businesses down town (Soaping meaning writing stuff or just making lines and circles on the display glass windows with a dry bar of soap). Some of us turned over trash barrels if someone had been forgetful enough to leave them out that night.
At times the mean guys (me sometimes) used a bar of canning wax to mark the windows, making it harder for the businesses to clean the windows.
But most of all it was noise making and trying to figure out who everyone else was behind their homemade masks. Some kids did have the 10-25 cent face masks from the dime store. It was just a lot of fun and a night just to get out celebrate and have a good time.
Most families had a pumpkin carved on their porch with a candle inside. Daddy always got us a pumpkin and mama let us use the kitchen to carve it. Shirley was always artistic and we had a neat ‘jack-o-lantern.’
Now, what is your favorite candy? Sherry and I were talking, she preferred Hershey chocolate bar or Milky Way. I liked Almond Joy or Snickers. When I ate candy the Milkyway/Snicker bars were a nickel. Mounds and Almond Joy was ten cents. The Biggie that I LOVED but seldom bought was 25 cents, the MARS BAR!
Do you have a favorite candy bar?
At this house over 20 years ago when we lived here, we had a total of 4 trick or treaters. We have a bag of candy, just in case, that we will probably eat after Halloween. You guys have a good one!