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I've enjoyed reading the posts as I can identify with them. I do remember those years when we were being warned about evil people placing sharp objects in treats or giving us ones tainted with poison.
Halloween was always thrilling for me as a child. I especially remember the year when I was 8 years old and wore a dragon costume. It was green with lizard like properties on the front and a back zipper that didn't work. Yet, I loved the "tail" that I repeatedly tripped on.
We would go with other neighborhood kids in the afternoon and early evening. Our parents seldom worried except for a few warnings about less friendly neighbors who would taint our treats, but that never happened. At a Girl Scout meeting, we "bobbed" for apples, but I didn't like that since I didn't like apples.
Years later, when my kids were young, I remember taking them out for Halloween with other parents back in the 70s. It was tiring walking them up stairs to get treats, but it was part of Halloween. But the best lesson, I believe, was in telling them to say "thank you" for their treats. I warned them that if they didn't say "thank you", I'd take their candy from their plastic pumpkins once we came home. Saying "thank you" was a must. However, I do remember taking some of the chocolates for myself and leaving them the hard candy and candy corn.