Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween



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.





Now, it's all changed.  The town square, which used to have a five and dime store, a clothing store, a jewelry store, and other shops is all trendy botiques and artsy cafe's for the tourists. They do nothing at all for the kids on Halloween.  There are subdivisions here now, and apartments, and I guess that's where people who live out in the sticks take their kids.

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:






Thought for Today:











12 comments:

  1. The holiday has turned into an adult party these days. We baby sat so my daughter and her husband could go to a big adult party. At least they take their kid to plenty of kid parties so she's not missing out.

    We live far enough out in the woods that nobody comes out here. It's too spooky looking in the dark for real.

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    1. I imagine people here have adult halloween parties too, but I don't socialize much so I don't really know. I will listen to the scanner tonight and see if the Sheriff's deputies have to go calm things down at any parties, I'm curious now.

      You are right about the woods, and only on Halloween. I still hear things out there beyond the treeline at night on occasion that I can't identify.

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  2. Hi Harry :)
    Happy Halloween :) There are zero kids who come here trick or treating, but I still decorate everything, pretty much for every and any holiday. I think it's because I didn't have much of a childhood and I'm enjoying the fun now. It's only for me and Alex but I still love it. :) I'm glad M has fun decorating!

    Your photos are great! I love the ferret art! I'll be posting all my Halloween stuff later tonight. I have quite a spooky menu planned and we're going to watch some Halloween movies too. I love that last photo! :)

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    1. I know you are big into the Halloween holiday, Rain. One of the other women whose blog I read, Alissa, goes out with her boys and she made a really nice costume for herself too. I think maybe it is more of a female thing, doing all that decorating and such. I am all for it if it makes my wife happy, I just don't know why it does...


      Most of those are from Stef but some I just found on the internet. There are a lot of ferret people out there. Lots of people dress their ferrets up in little costumes for holidays, but I never do that.

      You know something strange, I almost never watch horror movies. They don't always end happily and I'm like my wife in that respect, I want the good guys to win!

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  3. When my kids were small I would load them up in the car and haul them to town to show their grandparents their costumes and let them go Trick or Treating in those neighborhoods. I don't ever remember buying costumes but always made them myself. I suppose there are those who think my kids were somehow deprived when they didn't have fancy store bought costumes, but they always had fun wearing the ones Mom made.

    In the 21 years I have lived here, the only Trick or Treaters I had were the grands. They came to show Grandma their costumes and I always had treats ready for them. Since they grew up I don't have kids knocking on my door on Halloween. Most people don't realize anyone lives above the stores on this street. Guess that is a good thing. :)

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    1. I'm not sure as many kids go trick or treating these days, because of all the bad things that happen and nobody trusts anybody anymore now. Instead, I think most people here just go to relatives houses, or to church parties, or some combination there of.

      When I was a kid I don't think anybody made costumes for Halloween, and I can't imagine anyone would have bought them, spending money on something that was only useful for an hour or so. I think everybody just improvised costumes. Back in the 1950's, just about every boy had a cowboy outfit and a soldier outfit, and I just wore those kinds of things.

      I would actually kind of enjoy giving out treats, but like you it isn't an option because it's too hard to get to my place.

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  4. Halloween used to be a lot of fun when I was a kid. Now, most kids attend church or school fall fests. Adults have parties on Halloween. We live way out and have a locked gate on our property, so no trick or treaters here. Love your ferret pics-Jana

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    1. Jana, your situation parallels ours. I talked to my daughter on the phone last night. She and my son were supposed to have gone to a Halloween party last night, but she wasn't up to it. My son went though. It was hosted by one of the honchos at their work place, so I guess it was one of those deals where you go and stay until someone else leaves then you scurry out too.

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  5. Our grown daughter lives in a gated subdivision and she does an annual pizza party, followed by a Hay Ride/Trick or Treating through their neighborhood. We provide the tractor, trailer and hay of course! About 30 or so adults and kids enjoy the festivities and the other homes in the neighborhood thank them for making it a fun evening for the children! My husband mans the door at our daughter's place to hand out candy, and his sister is on the front porch, spinning up cotton candy on a machine to hand out, also! It was a lovely time.

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    1. You folks deserve kudos for doing all that for people. These days, you're taking a risk, too, if there's an accident. That kind of good natured activity used to exist here too, especially at Christmas. I don't hear of people doing anything like that here now though. It does sound like a nice time, a friendly time.

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  6. There's no trick or treating where we live. Too rural. The college where I teach put on something so I took the kids to that. Then we went to the same neighborhood as usual for regular trick or treating. I followed a big line of cars when leaving back to our county - it's a popular destination on Halloween for the rural kids where we live - the boys always see many of their school mates there.

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    1. I'm glad to hear the school put on a Halloween party for everyone. We couldn't do that here unless it was called a"Fall Festival." I hope your kids had a good time. I will have to see if you posted some pictures.

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