“Trick or treat, smell my feet; give me something neat to eat.” That ditty will be repeated in various versions by kids of all ages over the next few days. On Wednesday, children will don costumes and go house to house, hoping to collect candy from neighbors and friends.
Halloween traditions vary from family to family. Some parents are afraid to let their children celebrate the holiday at all. The decorations seen on many of the homes in Madera indicate that some families still enjoy the thrill of ghosts and the thought of monsters.
Halloween parties were popular when I was growing up. Having an October birthday made most of my childhood parties costumed. My mother made witches brew punch with sugar, milk and blue food coloring. I never did get the hang of apple bobbing, but it was really tough for the kids with braces. We lived on a five-acre farm so there was lots of room for scavenger hunts and hay rides.
One year my Uncle Pete Kirk came to the party in his black car. At the end of the block, he turned off the headlights and drove up slowly with a lit Jack-o-lantern on the roof. It scared even the adults because it looked like the headless horseman pulling up. Don’t try this now as there are too many youngsters roaming the neighborhoods...