(Quote) Christina-481695 said: Hi Paul! This was meant to be a lighthearted fun topic. Some of my favorite memories growing...
(Quote) Christina-481695 said:
Hi Paul! This was meant to be a lighthearted fun topic. Some of my favorite memories growing up were dressing up for Halloween, trick-or-treating and going to Halloween Parties. I could re-name the thread All-Hallows-Eve and ask everyone which saint they would like to dress up as to prepare for All Saints Day?
More power to you. It was just a warning. I should have added, that when they hit just ignore them and go on planning and exchanging memories.
It was long time ago, but I still remember many Halloweens from when I was a kid.
I was a Chicago slum kid. Despite the nuns tsk tsking that we went to the YMCA, we had many a great time there. And Halloween was one great party for us kids. They constructed a haunted house with overturned chairs creating a tunnel for us to crawl through with all kinds of spooky obstacles, slaps on the rear and goodies when it was all over.
Trick or treating was fun. People who were mean to us at other times were mean to us on Halloween and as kids we had our chance to get our revenge on them. Matches stuck in doorbells driving them crazy to get them turned off. The really nasty adults got stink bombs made with negative film pieces rolled tightly in a piece of newspaper and lit with a match. The resulting smoke really gave off a horrible smell. Then there was the bars of soap used to mark up store windows. That had the advantage of being easily washed off. In a lot of cases it forced the store owner to actually clean their dirty windows. So we were doing a public service.
With one exception, there was no property damage. The exception? Well the windows of the local publiuc school were fair game. And both us "good" Catholic school kids and the public school kids went at it. But for some reason, both groups had an unspoken understanding that no window of any parochial (Catholic, Jewish or Protestent) school could be touched.
After trick or treating in the Neighborhood, we went to the Y. From there we went to the local playground where the park district had a party for kids going. That was next door to the local public school, hence the window attacks.
When we got a little older we went further afield to a large park about 6 blocks away where another large party was underway for kids in the large field house..
We made our own costums since no way could afford to buy them.
Those were the days before television so there was always a large number of adults out keeping their eye on the kids both to control the mayhem and protect the kids.