Memories of Halloween past and Halloweens gone by, consist of family, friends and lots of kids. Halloween is a fun and safe holiday for the kids, especially when parents are involved.
We raised our kids in a small town, twenty minutes outside of Waco. Our kids were friends with our friend’s kids. Or was it visa-versa? Doesn’t matter because there was always fun to be had for the grownups, as well as the children.
Memories of Halloween past make me smile.
It was almost like we all raised our kids together. They ranged in age but were basically only a few grades between.
The parents made Halloween fun, for the kids of all ages (including the adults).
Halloween night always started at one house. We took turns hosting the spooky night. We served homemade soups, prepared and brought by the moms, and ham and biscuits. (And, always some sort of spooky punch for the adults!) We all ate together.
Trying to get the kids to eat was always a challenge. They were hyper, sugared-up and dressed-up. Always excitement in the air, no matter the occasion–but more so on Halloween.
After the dinner was consumed, at least partially, we all headed outside and got on our horse-drawn carriage for trick-or-treating.
When I say horse-drawn, I mean a big truck. And when I say carriage, I mean a flatbed trailer, lined with hay.
So, we all piled in the hay (the adults sat in camp chairs) and we were on our way through our neighborhood.
We lived in a beautiful community of houses with acreage. This wasn’t really walkable on Halloween. One would not get as much candy. The ideal candy schedule involved pulling up to a house, the kids piled out, generally one or two falling. (There seemed to always be a skint up knee, or a tumble in a sticker patch involved!) They would all run up to the door, beg for candy and then run back. This got quicker as the kids got older and older. And soon, the adults simply stayed in the hay-carriage. They didn’t need us as much, which suited us just fine. (remember the adult spooky beverage)
Once the kids piled back in the hay, we were on our way to the next house. This happened over and over until we had taken candy from each house.
“Some people are born for Halloween, and some are just counting the days until Christmas.” -Stephen Graham Jones
We continued the tradition until all the kids had graduated from high school. I miss those Halloweens. Memories. Years and years of memories.
Lucy: “All you have to do is walk up to a house, ring the doorbell, and say ‘tricks or treats.'” From It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
The Memories of Halloween Past are plenty.
Linus: “Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.” From It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
I wonder if all those kids will keep the tradition alive when they have kids? I wonder if they remember the nights trick-or-treating with fondness?
These days make my smile. Memories of Halloween pasts and all the other times we entertained our children with a large group. There was always love, laughter and smiles, lots of smiles. We raised our children in a fun and loving atmosphere. I think they definitely remember it fondly. Family and friends are important.
I hope for you memories of Halloween past, wonderful memories of trick-or-treating, with your parents, and then with your children.
love and blessings~dd
*Unfortunately, I don’t have many pictures of these Halloweens past. And if I do, they aren’t digital. This is Day Fourteen of my #write31days challenge!
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