Do you remember when it was safe to go out on Halloween and Trick or Treat? I remember when....
Halloween was great fun for three little girls on Broadway, we could walk anywhere in Newton, without fear from being attack and there were no warnings stopping us from eating candy before we got home. However, sometimes my friend'sbrother would tag along with us…. One year I dressed up in Mom’s old black velvet lounging suit that she had as a teenager…..that year I was a gypsy. Other years, I wore the yellow cat costume that Mom created for the second grade skit “Crooked Little Man” that I was in…. Then, a beggar, with a pillow in my overalls; a witch; a cow girl, the get up from a Christmas gift and a skeleton. Whatever, I wore; I must have been adorable….
Most often, my friends and I would take their big red wagon along and we each had three brown paper grocery sacks with us; so, we could get a lot of candy. We walked from our block going West down Broadway, but never crossing the tracks….. We made our way zigzagging the neighborhood streets surrounding the 1000 block of Broadway street…..going down Blaine to 7th to Duncan down to Fourth and back again….making sure that we didn’t miss any street while collecting the sweet bounty.
It seem like we would walked all over town….. Two houses, in the next block on Broadway going west, were always my friends and my favorite stops, because these neighbors gave out the best treats….big popcorn balls and big caramel apples. After those stops, I would start munching on these sweet treats, as I didn’t want to share them with anyone…..meaning my siblings. As we made our rounds, at each stop we would say “Trick or Treat” and pass ghosts and goblins in the night air.As we, went along, we would take turns pulling the wagon. As we continued our trek, we would nibble on more candy before we made our journey home.
On every Halloween when I got home my older brother and sister would commandeer my candy. I think that my brother was the main culprit. Now, how fair was that and where was Mom, when I needed her to protect my candy rights.