As Halloween approaches we need to keep somethings in mind. Here is a section from my book “Growing Up in the Rockies”

On Halloween we always had to be prepared for the changing of weather, it was nothing for a storm to blow in on Halloween. For that reason most of the time we didn’t wear our costumes out trick or treating. Halloween was often cold and you had to wear your thermal underwear, winter coat, and gloves, so costumes were worn over everything. Masks were the black eye masks only; unless you had a homemade hat or hood.  We counted our blessings if the weather held until Halloween was over. Sometimes we trick or treated in snow and knew that would be an early night in. However, we enjoyed Halloween no matter what. We always knew after Halloween the beginning of a long winter would be here. Once winter set in there would be little sunshine and a long time until summer.

Halloween was always a fun time at school because you could wear your costumes to school and bring treats. Many parents would make special treats like cupcakes, popcorn, and candy bags. There would be candy brought and passed out by many of the students. Teachers had fun art projects for Halloween and all had a good time.  Sometimes we even did plays like “Hansel and Gretel” or other plays about witches, goblins etc. No one was ever offended by Halloween; it was just a fun time of the year.

I grew up in a town where I never felt that it was dangerous to go walking alone, night or day. Everyone was friendly and waved whether they knew you or not. I truly miss that feeling of friendliness and safety. I feel that the freedom I grew up with has been robbed from our children, and future generations. They have also been robbed of the opportunity for the greatest exercise there is and that is walking. We would walk for miles never worrying about it. Halloween has become such a sad holiday tradition now where every year parents have to check their candy for poison, razor blades etc. When hospitals set up their X-ray machines for the safety of the children, it shows the deterioration of our society. It is a perfect example of why people don’t walk anymore, which is seriously affecting the health of generations to come. Everyone now feels the need to ride everywhere they go or they just don’t go. This is very sad, the best time I had in my life is not known by children of today.

Most families no longer do the traditional trick or treating. The children dress up and go to organization-sponsored parties or only visit homes of family and close friends. Schools no longer do the celebration of any holidays, learning the plays or sharing that part of our history for fear of not being, “Politically Correct.”  All of the learning we had growing up has been removed at the expense of our children today. This is a tradition that one day will be lost forever, and that brings a great deal of sadness to my heart, since it was such a memorable occasion for me.

Halloween was a tradition I would not have wanted to give up for anything. It gave families a sense of pride as they watched their children dress up and participate in an appropriate manner. Very few children ever pulled tricks on anyone. Everyone was happy to celebrate this day; it was a wonderful learning experience with many memories. Halloween was a time to visit neighbors, family and put a smile on the faces of many a shut-in, who looked forward to your visit. It was a time that brought neighbors and families together sharing great happiness, and a celebration that brought all of us closer together.

@copyrighted 2011

Several things I want to remind parents of for a safe Halloween.

1. Costumes need to be able to be seen after dark, including adults who are chaperoning their children.

2. Masks need to not blur vision and should be  age appropriate.

3. Candy needs to be checked by parents. Homemade food needs to be from relatives or close friends. If you don’t know who made it dispose of it.

4.  Separate candy and give it a little at a time and make sure it is age appropriate.

5. If you live in an area where candy can be scanned please do it.

6. Never let children go out alone.

7. This is a holiday that can be quality family time. If you don’t want to celebrate Halloween. Have a family game night, or movie night. Find a way for parents and children to have a memorable evening.

8. Most important stay safe.

9. Teenagers should participate in age appropriate activities.

10. Check for school, community and church sponsored activities.

Here’s wishing everyone a happy and safe Halloween.


2 Responses

  1. Those were the days… 🙂

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