#516: What Happened to Halloween?
Monday, October 31, 2011
I miss being a kid during Halloween -- the fun, the candy, and the innocence.
The ones I recall with the most fondness were when we were armed with an extra large pillowcase and often nothing more than an old white sheet with two holes cut out for eye slits. We roamed for what seemed miles but in reality was likely not that far. We could count on nearly every house being lit up in an invitation to stop by for Trick or Treat goodies. By the time we returned home tired but excited at the size of our bounties, it was well past dark.
Our parents did not worry about finding razor blades in apples or needles in our candy nor did they worry about us ringing the doorbell of a sexual predator. Heck, we didn't even know that term.
Now, as I drove home from dinner this evening, my neighborhood was practically all dark except for streetlights. Oh, sure, there were some houses lit up here and there but not many.
And nowadays we do worry about razor blades, needles, sexual predators and other dangers.
Our country is not as safe as in years past and our innocence has been forever tarnished.
That is a shame.
I applaud those neighborhoods that are safe and welcoming for their area's kids out to have some fun dressing up and Trick or Treating.
But, sadly, the number of such communities seems to continue to dwindle.
That, too, is a shame.
I know that as with many things we can not revert to the ways of days past but I do wish today's youth had the opportunity we had so many years ago.
At least those of us now adults have our memories of innocent fun.