Looking back about 75 years or more about how we celebrated Halloween as small children compared to current celebration:
We lived in Pennsylvania. Then a small group of neighborhood children would dress up in whatever our mothers could find for us, just old clothes from our homes, no store bought costumes.
As soon as it was dark, we would go from house to house, be admitted into the living room and the host would try to guess who we were.
As they would point to one of us and say a name, if that was that child’s name he or she would shake their head yes and remove their false face (mask); if not they would shake their head no and the guessing would continue.
After all were guessed we would put our false faces back on and go to the next house; no treats, just a guessing game to only a few houses in our neighborhood. We did not go to homes where people would not know us as it strictly a guessing game.
We would dress up differently each night for about four or five nights. I think our poor mothers had trouble finding different outfits for us to wear each night. Then there would be a Halloween party at the church where after guessing our identities prizes were awarded for funniest, best dressed, etc.
Today the stores are filled with costumes for the children to wear and a large display of candy and treats to be handed out to children carrying a basket for their expected treats.
Parents today load up their children in their car and head to area where they think the treats will be better. There is nothing personal today as there is no guessing game and most times you have never seen the children knocking on your door before.
F. Warren Artley