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In the United States Halloween has become one of the most profitable holidays for retailers.  Halloween is now America's second popular holiday (following Christmas) for decorating.  Many homes have elaborate Halloween decor with the latest rage being huge inflatable decorations for their lawns.  Stores are filled with shelves and shelves of candy, Halloween masks and costumes as well as plastic pumpkins and other decorations.

Have you ever thought how different Halloween was in the 50's and 60’s compared to how it is now?  Most parents of today would never think of letting their kids go out trick- or-treating without adult supervision.  Many towns now designate specific times for trick-or-treating, to discourage kids from being out too late. Because many people who live in large subdivisions may not know who their neighbors are, they do not feel it’s safe for their kids to go door-to-door. To keep children safe, many churches in towns all over the U.S. have Halloween parties for kids.  Halloween parties are also held in private homes, so kids are not outside trick-or-treating.

In the 50's and 60’s, we lived in a much safer world!  We all worked hard carving our pumpkins.  We lit them with candles and carried them out to our front porches.  We knew all the families in our neighborhoods and we all avoided anyone we thought was grumpy.   Occasionally, some of the older kids would soap windows and toilet paper houses.  Our parents allowed us to go trick-or-treating in our town with our friends.  Most likely we were supervised by an older sibling (who was probably only two years older than we were).  We knew how important it was to say thank you when we were given our treats.  The last thing we wanted was for a neighbor to report to our parents that we were rude.  Most of us had no curfew and no boundaries of where we could trick-or-treat. 

We didn't have any of the sophisticated costumes that are available to today's kids.  Our moms cut holes in sheets for our eyes so we could see where we were going.  Some kids went trick-or-treating as hobos with a broom handle slung over their shoulders with a pillowcase attached to it to carry their candy in.  Other popular homemade costumes were witches, scarecrows and clowns.  Of course, we didn't have fancy Halloween bags to carry our loot in - most of us had pillowcases or large paper bags.  Homemade cookies, popcorn balls and candied apples made by our neighbors posed no threat to us.  We did not have to worry about such things as razor blades in apples.

Once again, many of us reflect on how lucky we are to have grown up in the 50's and 60’s.  We have many cherished memories of safe and fun Halloweens when we were growing up.  Oh yes, there is much to be said for the simpler times.