Tucker McBride

Return to a time when a boy could be a boy; when life was more clear from the top branch of a tree; when a kid could trade anger and disappointment for action and adventure; when the whole neighborhood was his playground; and the sloppy kiss from a dog could make everything right.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

How We Spend Halloween

👻   Tucker McBride had an exciting evening on Halloween 1947 in my book, Tucker's Perfect Day. His hours were full from the time school got out, until those stinking, slimy boys finally slunk home.

I asked readers to tell me about their Halloween evening. I have permission to add these here. If you have autumn activities you have enjoyed and are willing to share, email me or respond to my Facebook post.

I received word from two people from the United States on how they spent Halloween. Both said they love the crisp air of fall and talking to other ghosts and goblins in costumes.

One of those who shared their Halloween excitement told me about autumn fun even before Beggars' Night. Some churches and other organizations in their town have events called Trick-or-Trunk. Members of the church or club line their cars up in the parking lot with their trunks open. Parents bring their costumed children so they can select their favorite candy in a safe place. 

Another woman explained that their church did not celebrate Halloween. In its place, the congregation opens the fellowship hall for a Harvest Party. Everyone plays games and participates in line dancing. They have hotdogs, chips, cupcakes and take home a small treat bag full of candy. Their harvest was plentiful.

On our street, homeowners gather on their front porch, driveway, or front yard and talk to all the wonderful kids dressed in whatever Halloween costumes their parents helped them put together. The evening air is so clear, you can hear conversations several houses down. A wave and "Hello" to those across the street, knit the community together.

Halloween can be celebrated in many ways. If you have another good evening to share, let me know and I'll post your idea. Enjoy the evening.

Doris Gaines Rapp

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