Wow have things changed since we celebrated Halloween as children. One of my favorite memories of Halloween as a child is hanging out with my girls, Vicki, Pat, Darlene, Sue, Jennifer and my sister Cindy as we circled our block in search of candy. Back in the day, just about everyone handed out candy and we knew everybody in the neighborhood. There was no worry of foreign objects being inserted into candy; no alerts about registered sex offenders living nearby — just good clean fun.
In Oakwood neighborhood in Lexington, Ky., nearly all the parents had the same goal: raise healthy, happy and productive children. Work hard and keep life simple. At Halloween in Kentucky, there was a definite chill in the air by the last day of October. We often donned coats over the costumes our parents bought us at Roses or K Mart. And remember those painfully stifling plastic masks with two holes for the eyes and two more at the nose to help us breath. Whew, those things were so uncomfortable!! There was no Target or Party City back in the day. And we couldn’t order elaborate Halloween get-ups over the Internet. Alas, there was no Internet if you can imagine that.
And guess what? We still had a blast. When my kids were growing up in the Overlook, they followed the same traditions at Halloween but were a bit more creative when it came to costumes. Yes, they wore the standard Princess costumes and sometimes even created them. I’ll always remember Imani’s lime green mini dress, white boots and white hat. She was a go-go chick!
And while we’re talking memories, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video is my all time favorite. I believe it came out in 1983, because I was pregnant with my daughter Carmen, who is almost 30. Carmen and her hubby Jee are developing their own holiday traditions now. There little ones will make the rounds in their hood tonight with their friends. But I’ll always remember learning to dance like Michael Jackson when I was very pregnant with their mother!