Short Stories, Poems and Life

Halloween Past

Halloween Past

Recently my daughter sent me a picture dated from 1970 of her and her younger brother in their Halloween outfits. I can’t believe it’s been fifty years since this picture. Where did the time go?

The picture brought back some memories of the silly things I would do back then for the Trick or Treaters. Times were so different, not sure the kids would appreciate it nowadays.

One trick I got a kick out of was when the kids rang the doorbell, before I’d open the door, I’d first take off my shoes and put my knees inside my shoes. When I opened the door, the kids were looking up to find a parent, instead would see someone their own size. They moved it, the looks on their faces was precious.

Here is another of my favorite tricks I would play. I always cooked more than enough for dinner so there was plenty of leftovers. I had a large bowl of spaghetti and meatball sitting next to the door. The doorbell would ring and I would carry the bowl of spaghetti and meatballs and open the door. When the kids (three or four of them) would say “Trick or Treat?” I would reply “Treat! Open your bag!” Then I would pretend I was going to put the spaghetti and meatballs into their bags.

The look on the kids faces would have stopped the Bullet Train. I would ask them “Don’t you like spaghetti and meatballs?” The kids would reply “Yes” so I would say open your bags, which they did.

Then I would put down the bowl of spaghetti and pick up the candy bowl hidden behind the door and pour a little candy in their bags. I couldn’t help but to laugh my head off the rest of the night. I can imagine the kids going home telling their moms some man tried to give us spaghetti and meatballs.

As a young man I enjoyed having fun with my kids and all their friends on Halloween. Times have changed so much in fifty years, I am not sure the kids today would think my silly tricks would be so funny. But we sure had fun back then. Glad my daughter sent the picture, it was fun to feel nostalgic and remember Halloween’s from the past.

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