Pass It On is a new, bi-weekly peek inside the heart and mind of Francis Pass…
Pass It On – October 26, 2020
Halloween means trick or treating. A time when friends, neighbors, and complete strangers give away handfuls of candy and the occasional apple.
Although, I’m not sure how many people still hand out apples at Halloween. And that’s a darn shame.
The first Halloween costume I remember wearing was a boney ol’ skeleton I’m sure you’ve seen the kind; black with bones on the arms, legs, and midsection and a skull for a mask.
I guess I kinda looked like a walking science project.
Back in those days, my brother Mike and I would go trick-or-treating together. We’d walk a hilly three-quarters-of-a-mile stretch through Dongola knocking on doors of both sides of the street.
We’d always carry our treats in a big brown paper sack. To this day, when I see a paper sack, I think of Halloween.
Man, it was like Christmas. You never knew what was coming next. Sometimes I’d get a quarter or even fifty glorious cents. But the treat that brought me the most joy was a box of cherry chocolates. My gosh, I loved cherry chocolates. They were excellent back then.
Mike and I would bring our candy home and put it in a big bowl. Mike had his, and I had mine. But we’d still reach over and take a particular piece of candy out of each other’s bowls from time to time.
Trick-or-treaters would knock on our door, too. Dad would give out candy, of course, but he also loved handing out apples.
Back then, fruit was somewhat of a prize. You only got certain fruits when they came in. I don’t ever recall getting an apple when they were out of season.
A few years back, I set up a table at City Hall for Herrin’s Trail of Treats. All the little Halloweeners would come by the various tables and get different treats. But I didn’t have any candy. I brought along eight cases of apples from Flamm’s Orchard in Cobden.
I set all those red delicious, yellow delicious, and Johnathan apples out on the table. People were shocked! Several adults said it was a great experience for kids to get an apple for Halloween. I’m not so sure their children agreed.
I think our expectations were a little lower back in my day. Today’s trick-or-treaters expect a large bounty. People go from town to town to get the best and most candies they can find.
We live in a world of abundance, but it seems it’s harder and harder to be content with the more we have. However, it’s a true blessing that we live in a country where we’re free to dress up in silly costumes and fill our sacks full of gumdrops and goodies.
As for me, I’d love to get a big ol red delicious in my paper sack.
Thanks for readin’…
P.S. – Did you see the Harvest Moon earlier this month? Mars was sittin’ right next to it. This weekend, you’ll get to see the Blue Moon. Two full moons in one month. Ha! How about that? And no, I do not believe in werewolves. ARRRROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!