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Saturday, October 31, 2009

All Hallows Past

This is Steven Petrick posting.

Today is All Hallows Eve, better known as Halloween.

Things have changed since I was kid.

Back in the 1960s my parents (and all of the parents in the neighborhood) thought nothing of dressing up their kids in costumes and letting them roam from house to house in the neighborhood getting candy from both known, and unknown, people.

Now it seems the kids have to be escorted by an adult to keep someone from kidnapping them. Or rather than go house to house, they go to a mall or a school where the doors can be controlled for their safety.

It is hard to see where things started to go so wrong. While actual cases of poisoned or tainted (or even booby trapped) candies seem to be more urban myth than reality, the fear is out there, and seems to be growing.

I wonder if the next generation will spend Halloween indoors, watching TV specials and perhaps being regaled by Grandpa's stories of the times he spent collecting candy door to door.