Thursday, October 30, 2008
Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight make me a child again just for to-night! ~Elizabeth Akers Allen
Halloween, it brings such wonderful childhood memories. I can remember my mom making my costume and my brother and I waiting all day in anticipation for my dad to get home from work so he could take us trick or treating.
All the kids would jump in my dad’s van and he and my uncle would drive us to the so called “rich houses” all that means is we did not live in the best neighborhood, so we would go into my grandparents neighborhood where my dad said they gave out better candy.
My brother, cousins, and I would be let loose into the night to run free from house to house. I was a kid who had to be home when the streetlights came on so being outside to run free in the dark was awesome.
We would have our pillowcases out and ready to be filled. We were allowed to trick or treat until our pillowcases were full and we could not carry them anymore.
I remember the ever-dreaded moment when my mom would make me wear a coat over my costume, but if I pestered my dad long enough while trick or treating he would let me take it off.
Mom got wise and started making our costumes big enough to fit over a winter coat.
Who can forget the best Halloween show ever made, It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Watching this cartoon special at night when no cartoons should be on was another highlight of Halloween.
I have fond memories of my childhood Halloween and I enjoy watching the fun my kids have today.
My kids get their pillowcases ready and wait for dad to get home. My brother comes over to join in on the fun.
Halloween is a time where kids can be free and own the night. And a pillowcase stuffed to the brim with candy isn’t so bad either.
For more Halloween goodness check out the post Top Ten Things to do for a Catholic Halloween at Canterbury Tales.