I thought of Halloween as an American Holiday but as usual when I think I know something, my thinking is wrong. I probably thought that way because I had not heard of any other countries having a Halloween Holiday. I wonder if it is practiced in the same way as America does it?
In my childhood the holiday was something I really looked forward to all year long. I knew once school started it wouldn’t be long before I could dress up so no one would know me and head out gathering up all of the candy, popcorn balls and all the many goodies that I could carry. I think my last year to trick or treat I got three large grocery bags full. I do have to tell you that this was back in the 1950’s in a small town in California.
Times changed as it always does and in the 1960’s it became a holiday that wasn’t celebrated as easily as it had been before. Some real life demons got involved with the trick or treating and killed some children. Drugs and poison were added to the popcorn balls as well as ground glass, razor blades and what ever else sick minds could come up with. Everything that was not store bought was x-rayed or thrown away because of the danger.
In the 70’s when my children we big enough to trick or treat they couldn’t go out on the streets as I did and run and laugh. We lived in the country in SE Oklahoma so there were no paved streets lined with houses. They went to Halloween parties and dressed up in their costumes. If it was a church party, costumes were restricted to the non-demonic. As I grew older I gave up on participating in the holiday at all. I have to admit, I now hide.
If you want to find out more about the history of the holiday Wikipedia has a great article on the history of the Holiday. I would like to know how you practice Halloween. Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.
I pray that everyone has a safe and happy Halloween, when it happens. We have almost three weeks before it happens here in the states.