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Halloween When I Was A Kid

Discussion in 'Music' started by Earthling, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. Earthling

    Earthling Well-Known Member

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    My old man used to entertain me with stories of the crazy stuff they did when they were kids (1950's) in the small Indiana town he grew up near. Knocking over outhouses, putting dead pig snouts on water fountain nozzles so the water would come out both holes, and all kinds of crazy stuff I can't remember.

    Halloween was a special time for me growing up in the same small town in the 1970's, but we weren't nearly as crazy and destructive as they were. Just the usual soaping windows, toilet papering trees, and especially, my favorite, corning houses and cars. And of course, trick or treating. I used to love going out in the corn fields in the fall when it was starting to get cold, the corn that had been green in the summer was then browned and brittle. Gathering the corn in gunny sacks and shucking it in a metal tub, then going out at night in the brisk air and throwing handfuls at cars and houses. There was always some grown up who had done the same as a kid and would come running after us pretending to be furious. Then there were always the more uptight ones who less dramatically stood and hollered at us for real.

    Then, in an amazing display of the stupidity of man and fake news, in 1982, all of that changed. Poisoned Candy Myths (Wiki Link). Nowadays, at least where I live, very near that same old small Indiana town, Halloween is like a corporate sponsored play date. People are . . . weird.

    Anyway, I first heard this song back then in them good old days, though it had been recorded more closely in the time of my old man's Halloween adventures. I guess, more like somewhere in the middle. 1962, according to Wikipedia. But it was only yesterday that I saw it performed by Bobby Picket in this YouTube Video. Man, the faces he pulls as a part of the act are something to behold.



    Are any of you old enough to remember some of the silly novelty songs that were recorded during those times?
     
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  2. Kangaroo Feathers

    Kangaroo Feathers Hardline moderate

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    We were posted from Australia to the USA from '80-'82. I was born in '78, and some of my earliest memories are of trick or treating. I specifically remember going as Cookie Monster, of all things. It wasn't really a thing back home in Australia, once or twice some friends and I tried trick or treating and were met with blank stares. However, 30ish years later, it's much more of a thing. My daughter announced when she was about 5 that she really wanted to go trick or treating more than anything else. I was working away from home at the time, but took leave specifically so we could go trick or treating, and we've done it every year since. Quite a few people do it now, mostly with little kids, and quite a few houses now have at least a little decoration, which was completely unknown when I was a kid.
     
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  3. Sunstone

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    The stuff I did as a kid would have got me a slap on the wrist if I'd gotten caught. Today, some of it would land a kid in the juvenile court system. Folks are way too hard on kids these days.
     
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  4. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Ignorant Heathen Libertarian Capitalist
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    Times have changed.
    Now they tip over porta potties.
    (A real problem around here.)
     
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    The worst was the egg throwing, on houses and cars. Was so bad one year the stores refused to sell eggs to kids. For years I made candied and caramel apples to hand out, but then sickos began handing out things harmful so now its just the pre-wrapped candy etc.
     
  6. SomeRandom

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    I remember there was hesitation on the part of us kids about Trick or Treating. (Though not the pranks.) It was catching on but there was this almost incredulous distrust of such an American holiday being celebrated by "True Blue Aussies." Like yet another thing America was claiming for itself.
     
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  7. Kangaroo Feathers

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    I was aware of that feeling when I was a kid, although Halloween was something I had always loved. Seeing how happy it makes my daughter, and the community spirit when other parents are out with their kids, makes me feel good, I must say. I appreciate the concerns about "American cultural imperialism" and all that, but on this particular thing, I think the benefits are significant, and it's not really costing us anything. It's not like Australia had a competing festival that has fallen by the way. One thing I DO insist on, though, is referring to them as "lollies" rather than "candy".

    As for pranks? My friends and I weren't really bound by calendar considerations on that score. I'd tell stories, but I'm not sure what the statutes of limitations are, and there may still be warrants out...
     
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  8. SomeRandom

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    We were kids. It was more of a learned jingoistic pride but misused.
    Plus a lot of what we saw on American shows/movies concerning Halloween was, at the time, still foreign to us. I mean you might see a sprinkling of fake cobwebs here and there. A foam witch, stood at a store randomly and maybe a specialty store would have awesome animatronic spooky spectacles. But nothing like today.
    I guess we were more indifferent and confused by Halloween in hindsight.


    Lmao. I'm still waiting for a knock on my door from Mr Plod myself :p:D
     
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