Halloween is not a big holiday for us. In all the years we have lived here, even before I put up the gate, nobody ever came trick or treating. Obviously, that's because we live 15 miles out of town, there is nobody else out here to speak of, and almost no one knows we are here.
When the kids were little, we used to pack them up in the Jeep, and take them to town. At that time, there were no subdivisions in this county. So trying to find places to trick or treat was not easy. In all the North Georgia counties, the town square was the focal point of the town way back then. So, the merchants would all give out treats, and the kids and parents would make the rounds. The square was always decorated and there was always a mule team pulling a hay wagon for the kids to ride on.
No one bought costumes for the kids. The mom's and grandmom's made them. These two pictures above were taken circa 1989. I remember because my wife and a friend of hers from the next county took the kids over there, as one of the churches was throwing a big "Harvest Festival" party on Halloween with all the trimmings. Some of the churches here were very nervous about Halloween, because they knew it was originally a pagan festival. So they put on big "to do's" with all the trimmings for the kids, to get them to skip the "Halloween" festivities. Never made sense to me because the kids all came dressed up in costumes anyway, even as devils, and nobody at the church said anything.
I know a lot of the upper crust types here made huge sums of money by commercializing the county, but they sure ruined the place for the rest of us. The beautiful old buildings on the town square, some dating back to the Civil War, were all pulled down to make room for these tacky tourist traps. Now that I think about it, no wonder I don't go to town that much.
My wife bought some pumpkins and made a little Halloween display on our porch. I have never understood why, nobody will see it but us. Same with Christmas, I always have to put up the Christmas lights for her, even though no one will see them. I don't mind, it just seems kind of pointless. If our son and daughter are coming to visit, my wife really does the place up for Halloween. This year they aren't, so we just have some pumpkins with candles and some Halloween snacks.
Well, I hope everybody out there has a good Halloween. These days, the hospital in town will xray your kids candy to make sure there are no razor blades or pins stuck in it.
Branco's Halloween Cartoons: