Growing up in the 1970′s was pretty damn great if you liked Halloween.
It was a time before people were literally scared of their own shadows, a time when parents felt fine about letting their kids stay out until well after dark as they trick-or-treated until they basically dropped.
We didn’t have many organized affairs like they have today.
I mean, there were some parades and stuff, and lots of people got dressed up in a costume for school on the big day. but overall, there weren’t any of these ‘organized’ ‘trick-or-treating’ events that are more and more common these days.
And we sure as hell didn’t go knocking on doors before it was dark.
But some things always change with the passing years and there isn’t really much we can do about that.
Still, I look back fondly on my Halloween memories as a young kid growing up in 1970s suburban America. I think about those days and how excited we were, how far we’d roam. By 10pm on Halloween night, my friends and I would often find ourselves a mile or two away from our own ‘hood, decorated plastic bags undulating at the seams with six or seven pounds of Chunky bars and spiced wafers and packs of Sweet Tarts and plastic spider rings.
And I can still feel the hot plastic of my store bough masks sticking to my young face in the cool night.
I can still hear the sound of my own breath slamming into the mask walls as we climbed up on to another stranger’s bulb-lit porch and rang the bell and readied ourselves.
Anyway, all of this nostalgia has hit me hard the last few days as I help my own kids get ready for their own Halloween. So , keeping in the spirit of things, I went looking for some cool pictures of other people like me, my brothers and sisters of Halloween, who grew up in the 1970′s.
People who did will know exactly what I mean when I say it was, in so many ways, the ‘Golden Age of Halloween‘.
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