The Changes of Halloween As Halloween is quickly approaching and I get prepared to celebrate this fun holiday with my daughter, I cannot help but look back and reflect on my favorite childhood memories of Halloween. Halloween was done much differently when I was a young girl than it is now. For instance, there was no specific time frame set such as there is now, typically 6-8 p.m. Therefore, we would start at sundown and go to the houses that had lights on. We would trick-or-treat until we were too tired to walk any longer or until all the lights in the neighborhood were off. Sometimes that would last until 10 p.m.! To ensure we had a sack big enough to hold all of our loot, we would bring pillowcases with us to dump all of our goodies in. Once trick-or- treating was over, we would take our candy home and our parents would inspect it to make sure it was safe to eat. They would usually throw out the candy apples or any homemade goodies to ensure our treats were all safe. We were quite creative with our costumes. When I was trick-or-treating with my family and friends, a lot of our costumes were homemade. There was everything from ghosts in torn up bedsheets and white face paint to zombies with ripped up clothes and bloody face paint. If you happened to have a store bought costume, it consisted of basically just a plastic mask and a matching outfit. Today’s costumes have much more to them with added accessories such as wigs, jewelry, slippers and crowns for princesses, and swords, numb chucks and other toy accessories for your bad guys and super heroes. While the times have changed, and we now have curfews to help keep kids safe and more creative costumes to make the Halloween experience more fun, there are a few things that have remained the same. Folks still carve pumpkins and light them up for festive and creative Halloween decoration. Another thing that hasn’t seemed to change the Halloween experience is the weather --it’s usually cold or rainy. To all of my fellow trick-or-treaters, stay safe, warm and remember to have fun! Have a Happy Halloween!