Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Clean out the cupboard, it's Halloween.........huh?

I just love Hilda, she is so......real.
 Had brunch with a dear friend today. Lovely place that serves way too much food for one sitting. I always come home with another meal's worth. I love and I hate places like that. We all eat way too much anyway and most all of the plates that leave the tables at this restaurant have at least a meals worth on them and it just goes into the trash.

Made me start thinking about hungry people and how this time of year when it gets colder and we start celebrating holidays which for the most part have to do with family, food and sharing with others......the guilt factor kicks in and we do something about the form of rescue missions, food banks etc. Very few of us do something concerning hungry folks in the warm months of the year. It's just what happens. When we think of hearth and home ...... there are those who don't have that and we react.

This summer the kids and I participated in a feedathon, handing out sandwiches in the city park where so many homeless congregate. We cleaned out our closets in August and donated all the clothes that didn't fit, we changed our minds about and we could no longer use. Last year this time, we worked in a soup kitchen, sorted canned goods in a mission, and provided tray favors for meals on wheels. So they know that they need to be a part of the answer and continue to ask social involvement questions. But, I was floored last night......when they wanted to clean the cupboard out and get ready for "beggars night".

We were watching a History channel show about the "real" roots of American Halloween. The show depicted hungry children going door to door asking for food sometime in the distant past, because they were hungry. Leave it to the grands to make me smile and cry at the same time. I spent quite awhile telling them that we would do something to answer that need in them.

Most of the other topics of the show I was familiar with except the terror that was caused during the depression by the lawless and senseless acts of Halloween pranks that almost mad Halloween a forebidden holiday. I asked my friend today if she had heard of that going on (since she's over 80) and her answer was "why yes, it was really bad when I  was a kid". It seems that the pranks just got more and more vicious across America partially because of the mindset of the people in such horrible monetary straits. All of this brought about the Halloween carnival (community, church, school), home party and Halloween decorations industries. Trying to keep the young people actively involved in something fun instead of destroying things on Halloween night.

And did you know that Trick or Treat has only been a phrase used in the last 80 years? Also did you know that until 1975 there were no terror masks and this was because of the B movie attitude towards horror films? The movie Halloween is what let the flood gates open on all of the hellacious and scarey masks market.

So there ya go, new info on a not so old holiday. Halloween that is.


  1. Much I did not know, thanks.

  2. Halloween celebrated the way it is- it has always been around with another name, even when Christianity took hold of Rome, Halloween was a pagan celebration and Christianity moved their day to honor the dead to Nov. 1 to coincide with the Pagans' day. Halloween is All hallow's evening or all hallows even- all hallowe'en, halloween. It's much like dia de los muertos where we party to celebrate the lives of those who came before us. that and ghosties and fairies are about, so we must dress up to blend in :)
    Love the picture!

  3. I was just thinking, trying to remember. Could you even get store bought costumes when we were kids? It's all just too commercial. Kids now don't even think of trying to put together their own costume, using their imagination and materials at hand, unless they have not other recourse (or unless their g'ma is an Olde Bagg).

  4. I watched it too - really interesting about the vicious pranks. When I was a girl, the night before Halloween was Mischief night - shaving cream and toilet paper were the extent of the mischief, maybe a few smashed pumpkins. As my dad was a police sergeant in our town, my siblings and I kept out of trouble!

  5. Linda, I love Hilda too and had not seen this one. so thanks. great information, and great kids, there is always something one can do. take care. hugs.

  6. Sure didn't know about the begging children. That really makes the candy gluttony of todays Halloween seem frivolous.
    I had friends who were pranksters but we weren't allowed to join in. Don't remember any of the pranks being worse that mischief like flaming poop.
    My time was after the war years which may have made a difference.

  7. Well, here I have learned something new today. Interesting post.


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