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I Remember Halloween Past

I’ve always loved Halloween.

From my own childhood as a pirate, or a hobo; a cowboy or a secret agent…it meant getting to be out of the house at night, after dark, extorting goodies from neighbors and even houses far away.  Homemade popcorn balls, cookies and caramel apples sometimes weighed down the trick-or-treat bags of commercial candy though.  (As if this were a problem!)

It was ‘safe’, in the 50s and 60s.

Then, not long after my Man-From-Uncle/James Bond excursion into the night air, I was too old.  :-(

I didn’t go out trick-or-treating again for many years, when I accompanied my daughter Molly.  I remember a number of years of fairy princesses followed by ballerinas – Molly had started taking dance lessons.

Guffaw’s Rule of Weather (in Phoenix) – It never really ‘cools off’ until Halloween.  People have short memories from the previous years, and think when it reaches October it means cooler weather.  Not necessarily so.

I remember one Halloween escorting young Molly door-to-door, resplendent in her costume, covered by my insulated Ike jacket.  It was something like 45 degrees, breezy and humid.  The drill was I was to wait on the sidewalk and remove the jacket while she raced all sparkley  to the next front door, rang the bell, got candy, then raced back to the jacket I warmed up until her next house!  Next house after next house…  GEEZ, it was cold!

jean greyThen, she had gotten old enough she no longer wanted an escort, and good enough with her Mom’s sewing machine to make her own costume – Jean Grey from X-Men.  Did her own makeup, too!  She and her best friend had been making a killing buying, trading and selling X-Men comics at school.

My daughter –  the 6th Grade capitalist entrepreneur!

She would have probably had another year before she was too old, but Jean Grey was to be her last.

You made a terrific Jean Grey  -  Happy Halloween, Molly!

Remember to hug those close to you and tell them you love them, because you never know.

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About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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12 thoughts on “I Remember Halloween Past

  1. It was ‘safe’, in the 50s and 60s.

    And then some son of a bitch stuck a razor blade in a apple and the whole thing changed.

    Posted by robertsgunshop | October 31, 2013, 8:48 am
  2. Actually, it DID happen in Missouri. Got bad enough, back when I carried a badge in the early ’80s, that the local hospital offered to x-ray kid’s bags before the children tried opening any of the candy. They found a few ahem foreign objects.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | October 31, 2013, 10:01 am
  3. Nice story Guff…..damn allergies are making my eyes act up.

    Posted by KM | October 31, 2013, 10:48 am
  4. Thanks for sharing and yes it WAS safe back in the day…

    Posted by Old NFO | October 31, 2013, 4:07 pm
  5. This is so bitter sweet. I’m glad that you have good memories of her, my friend.

    Posted by Borepatch | October 31, 2013, 5:19 pm
  6. A parents worst nightmare you lived through. If I were king of the world you would be wearing the Medal of Honor.
    Gary Griffin

    Posted by Gary Griffin | November 1, 2013, 1:29 am

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