Halloween Used To Be So Much Fun

Prairie Gleanings

What happened to all the Halloween fun? Have I just gotten old, or has the world become a harsher place?

Published on: October 25, 2013

What happened to Halloween? It used to be so much fun.

Years ago, the family would get together for a weekend hayride and food. Later that night, we’d sit around the campfire and subject ourselves to the horror of listening to my uncle pick and bludgeon his way through the Eagles’ greatest hits.

On the actual day itself, we’d head over to another uncle’s house. He lived in downtown St. James, Mo. As my cousins and I trick-or-treated, the grownups would hang out and play pinochle.

Those were the days – picking out a costume, going door to door and, of course, laying out the night’s haul and trading for your favorite candy.

Halloween is the best for agrotourism opportunities. The weather is still nice enough to pick pumpkins. Here, my son, Linus, is narrowing his selection at Eckerts in Belleville.
Halloween is the best for agrotourism opportunities. The weather is still nice enough to pick pumpkins. Here, my son, Linus, is narrowing his selection at Eckert's in Belleville.

As an adult, I still like Halloween. I’m not much for scary movies, but I love seeing the costumes.

Now, most of the Prairie Farmer audience will realize that rural addresses don’t garner too many trick-or-treaters. Unfortunately, the urban subdivisions don’t attract the attention they used to.

Our first Halloween in our current home, I expected little trick-or-treaters to be lined up to the street. I purchased candy accordingly.

That night, we maybe gave away half of it. Much of that was because we started heaping loads of candy on the later customers.

A couple hours in, I poked my head out. To my surprise, only a few houses on the entire block were participating. I was fairly sure most of our neighbors were home. I don’t know why they didn’t join in.

So, what has happened these days? I guess America has deteriorated to the point where parents only feel safe at trunk-or-treat events held by churches and schools. Or, maybe we’re just in the wrong neighborhood?

Of course, I guess maybe Halloween is just as much fun as it’s always been. Perhaps I’m not having as much fun because I don’t dress up anymore.