When I was a kid, we had so much fun at the church Halloween parties! One year I even helped the youth group set up a haunted house in the parsonage! It wasn’t really that scary – but the old Victorian-style house lent itself to become a haunted house – and we did a good job making some interesting vignettes using pumpkins and black lights. OK, we bought some of those really gross masks to use too.
It was a different time then – it was unheard of back then to think anyone would insert a razor blade into an apple – or other horrendous things that happen in today’s world. I was blessed to live in a time when Halloween was just fun! The world today is crazy and sick, but today I want to go back in time for just a little while.
We in NO WAY gave glory to the evil one… quite the opposite! When people came into our “haunted house” which was not really haunted – they left with a lovely tract that talked about the Savior of the world – Jesus Christ! We will not know this side of heaven how many people may have actually been helped by us – but it’s not our job to keep track. It’s our job to find opportunities to minister in any creative way we can. It’s much like the popular TRUNK OR TREAT that many churches participate in today.
In 1967 I was Raggedy Ann. The costume was not too bad, but who remembers those masks??? You couldn’t see or breathe – both of which come in handy, even when you’re six years old! My dad and I were clowns in 1968 – and again, I wore the weird, suffocating mask!
The black dress I wore with the witch costume belonged to my mom. Granny LaVella made it for her, and with her blessing, she passed it to me for the costume! The red skirt I wore as gypsy Lou was made of a very heavy material and blocked the night air beautifully – that and I wore long johns underneath it. Granny also made it for my mom. Funny thing is, when mom wore this dress and skirt, they were knee-length on her – on me they were floor length!
Of all the memories I hold dear, the best one is of my parents being involved in my life. They always made sure I was warm underneath those costumes because sometimes it got pretty cold out there. And we walked around the neighborhood – house to house.
When we got home and dumped out our bags, we found some good stuff! Mrs. Guffy down the street always made homemade popcorn balls for us. Mrs. Hale made sure we all got a full size Hershey bar – a full size one!
The Verboom’s made sure we got to go trick-or-treating in a neighborhood in Valley Center, a small town about 5 miles north of Wichita. Our parents were involved in our lives – big time!
Here’s a cute cartoon from 1929, directed by the great Walt Disney himself. Enjoy!
What was your favorite costume??? I liked being a witch – but only because I got to use make-up instead of wearing a mask. I also liked the cool fake fingernails – long and scary – but hardly practical – LOL!!! Have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN! 😉