Crunchy leaves are pushed by a sharp breeze carrying the aroma of smashed pumpkins and menthol shaving cream. The glowing porch lights invite us to yodel "Trick or treat!!" , and then a teasing adult passes candy all around.
Remembering traditional Halloween in the post WWII suburbs as better than it really was, I suppose, but there was always that one house that had full sized Milky Way bars if you went there early enough. Too late and the light would be off; we didn't go to darkened houses.
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One year all my little sisters were sick, and it was raining; but my mother had made me the most beautiful costume from some sheer lace curtains and blue ribbons; I was a greek goddess that year. My dad carried me from house to house in the rain, and neighbors gave me extra treats for my sisters. We were both soaked and chilled to the bone by the time we got back, and mom made us some warm milk cocoa.
I am pretty sure it isn't like that for the kids anymore, but we still try to give them a Halloween night to remember.
What kind of traditions do you carry on, and what are the new ones you have discovered?