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Edited by Gerald Boerner

    

    
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JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumbHalloween is finally here. Kids have been waiting with costumes in their closets, their bags or plastic pumpkins, and tummies ready for the immanent  feast of candy that they will bring home tonight. Parents have their first aid kits, flashlights, heavy coats, and bottles of water to take on the trek around their neighborhoods. The sun is sinking over the horizon and the kids dawn their cute little costumes, get their masks (or, even better, facial makeup), and grab their treat bags. They are ready!

Grab your camera, snap some pix BEFORE you leave the house, and start the rounds. As a parent myself, I always had fears when my kids went from house to house hoping that nothing terrible happens to them on their rounds. When they bring their candy back home, it’s time to check them out to try to find any tampering with the candy.

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It’s a sad day when we have to worry about sex offenders abducting your kids, older kids beating up the smaller kids as they enjoy their Trick-or-Treating ventures, and about tainted candy. In fact, some local hospitals even provide X-ray services to check the candy for foreign objects. And finally, we worry about the kids eating too much candy and get sick. But such is the change from my childhood when these concerns didn’t even raise their ugly heads; it was a better time, I think!

But, now we need to proceed with this last installment of our HOLIDAY CELEBRATION series for this year. I hope that you have enjoyed these installments and perhaps even learned something new from them. Happy Halloween, once more… GLB

These Introductory Comments are copyrighted:
Copyright©2011 — Gerald Boerner — All Rights Reserved

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Quotations Related to Halloween:

    

“Where there is no imagination there is no horror.”
— Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

“Eat, drink and be scary.”
— Author Unknown

“Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.”
— Steve Almond

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Edited by Gerald Boerner

    

    
Commentary:

JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumbHalloween is a big time for kids. They dress up in costumes ranging from ghouls, ghosts, goblins, and other other-worldly creatures to popular movie characters to Disney characters. And, of course, pirates are an old tradition in this country. The long tradition is for kids to go from door-to-door around their neighborhoods, ringing doorbells, and shouting “trick-or-treat”. In most cases, the only consequence is the distribution of candy and other sweet confections. Seldom does the homeowner require his little visitors to perform a trick!

Even back in my youth, kids quickly learned where the best treats were to be collected. But few kids strayed outside our own neighborhood. Today, unfortunately, we find that groups of kids are driven into the better neighborhoods from outside the area to collect their goodies. This has led to many couples, especially older couples without children at home to leave their lights off, indicating that that house is not giving out “goodies”.

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Pranks have been a long time tradition of this holiday. Some of us even have taken to storing out automobiles in garages or behind fences to discourage vandalism. Of course, the standard prank of teenagers is to “paper” the houses of friends or enemies, creating quite a cleanup task for the homeowner. On the whole, however, the pranks are much less severe and don’t lead to either property damage or personal injury. But parents must maintain close supervision of their brood so they will exhibit good behavior while trick-or-treating and restrict the consumption of the sweets collected.

So, let’s start our exploration of the tradition of trick-or-treating, its origins, and how it is practiced in various areas of the U.S. and western Europe… GLB

These Introductory Comments are copyrighted:
Copyright©2011 — Gerald Boerner — All Rights Reserved

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Quotations Related to Halloween:

    

“Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story.”
— Mason Coole

“Ghosts, like ladies, never speak till spoke to.”
— Richard Harris Barham

“Halloween is huge in my house and we really get into the "spirits" of things.”
— Dee Snider

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Edited by Gerald Boerner

    

    
Commentary:

JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumbHalloween is a time of year that most kids look forward to and parents dread. It is a time of dressing up in timely costumes, going around neighborhoods trick-or-treating, pulling pranks, and generally getting into mischief. It is the modern celebration of the Celtic Feast of Samhain that marked the end of the summer and the beginning of winter. It was coopted by the church as a way to gain members while still giving them the celebration of their traditional observances.

Is is celebrated in much of the western world in various forms. Today we introduce the topic while in coming days we will look at specific manifestations of this holiday. This will be an interesting walk down history and the traditions and cultures that have molded the observance to their own populations.

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So let’s get started with our exploration of the holiday that we, as kids, looked forward to and couldn’t wait to examine our “stash” of candy and other goodies. It’s time to get going… GLB

These Introductory Comments are copyrighted:
Copyright©2011 — Gerald Boerner — All Rights Reserved

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Quotations Related to Halloween:

    

“Where there is no imagination there is no horror.”
— Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

“Eat, drink and be scary.”
— Author Unknown

“Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.”
— Steve Almond

continue reading…

Edited by Gerald Boerner

     
Commentary:

JerryPhotoHalloween is an exciting time of year, especially for children. They get to don costumes that make them into pirates, princesses, zombies, and other fantasy or horror film characters. These days these costumes have almost gotten out of hand, in that we have teenagers dressing up (or dressing down, as the case might be) in costumes ranging from pimp and ho outfits to who knows what else. Stores are even catering to costumes for adults, presumably to attend “adult” costume parties.

Not only the costumes getting out of hand, but too often foreign objects are found in the trick-or-treat candies collected by our kids. It has gotten so bad that parents need to take the haul of candy to local hospitals that offer X-ray services to determine if pins, razor blades, or other foreign objects are have been embedded in these goodies.

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This posting links to a series of posting first written two years ago. We will be rerunning those posting over the next several days so that you can learn what is behind all the traditions that we still celebrate. Please enjoy this information and let us know what you think of the info and what additional info you might want in the future… GLB

These Introductory Comments are copyrighted:
Copyright©2010 — Gerald Boerner — All Rights Reserved

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Quotations Related to HALLOWEEN:

    

“Where there is no imagination there is no horror.” 
— Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

“Eat, drink and be scary.”
— Author Unknown

“Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.”
— Steve Almond

continue reading…