And so my collection consists of books on old time decorations, games, customs. The Golden Age between 1870 and 1930 are my favorites. I've read so many different accounts of how Hallowe'en and all it's incarnations came to be in America. But to be sure I was born when the decos and parties were just beginning to fade and the age of horror was taking over the gentile and robust celebrations of the former times. I still perfer fun and laughter over gore and terror.
In the fifties, the schools and communities were still involved and not only permitted but reveled in the celebrations. All manner of social clubs, fraternal organizations, schools and community groups put on parties. It was a good time to be a kid. There was always a Hallowe'en costume parade around the school. A terrific party at the Elk's lodge complete with a band and refreshments not only for adults but kids too. And the streets were safe to run like a pack of wild dogs on the hunt for fresh bones on the night of Halloween. When you knocked on a neighbors door, you knew you were expected to come inside so that you could see their decorations and then dance, sing, recite a poem or tell a joke or something in order to obtain your treat. And the treats were so wonderous.....huge bags of decorated to the maximum cookies, homemade candies, candied apples, popcorn balls or if you were lucky......Trinket balls. Shiney coins and more wrapped up in orange crepe paper balls, with other plastic fun games or toys also included. Oh the dreams of Hallowe'ens past.
And the night before was called Beggar's night. My Mom always stacked canned goods and clean bed linens, towels, soap and cookies and treats on the front porch for those that called on our house that night. It was a pay it forward night even back then. Lots of folks with pillowcases came and went from our porch all those years ago.
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