I was once a kid, and on Halloween night we visited all the neighbors -- even the ones we didn't know.
Of course, that followed Mischief Night, which was more a tradition than a holiday. My parents kept us in then, because on that night kids did things that were not nice. They are called pranks...and some ventured into vandalism. And we stayed home.
Thankfully, Mischief Night is gone from today's vocabulary.
Halloween night has changed a lot. We went out, while other kids came and knocked on my parents' door. We all got lots of goodies.
Probably almost none of us remember the European saint, Roman Catholic, if I recall, for whom Halloween was named. Doesn't matter a whole lot. Now it's fun time, a time for ghosts, goblins, and Halloween candy.
Unfortunately one reason Halloween has changed a lot is because some nasty people went from prank to crime. At least I think it was a crime when some no good unhappy villain type placed razor blades in candy.
Now towns and churches host Halloween parties to keep the trick or treaters from either getting those criminally placed razor blades or themselves becoming pranksters of the worst kind. (I don't think toilet paper is the worst kind....just a real nuisance to remove.)
Town and city streets used to be full of groups of trick or treaters on Halloween night. Now those numbers are down.
Two years ago, two trick or treaters appeared at our door in yonder RuralVille. Last year none did.
They were all in town at the party.
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