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Halloween Dangers Legit and Legend: The Awesome Fears We Absorbed as Children of the 70s and 80s

By carolyncastiglia |

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Celebrating Halloween dangers, legit and legend.

We’ve written a lot this month about the potential — or, better yet, alleged –risks that go hand-in-hand with trick-or-treating, from losing your child to getting cavities from eating too much candy corn.  There are no doubt a few things we need to teach our children to beware of on Halloween (stingy neighbors, carrots instead of candy, McDonald’s coupons), but I think mostly what we do as parents when we tell our children to be scared is perpetuate — maybe subconsciously out of a good-natured sense of tradition — the myths we learned ourselves as children about how dangerous All Hallow’s Eve can be.  After all, what fun is a holiday that celebrates all things ghostly without at least a slight sense of spine-tingling spookiness attached?

With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to take a look at all of the scare stories, urban legends and yes, legitimate safety concerns that were pounded into our heads as children of the 70s and 80s every year on Halloween.  Let’s reminisce, shall we?  After all, there’s nothing to be afraid of… or is there?

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Halloween Dangers Legit and Legend: The Awesome Fears We Absorbed as Children of the 70s and 80s


Lenore Skenazy aside, today's parents are just as worried about pedophiles and stranger danger as ours were. Halloween seemed a particularly vulnerable time for children in the 70s and 80s, because back then so many of us trick-or-treated without any parental supervision. Photo via Flickr.

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Carolyn Castiglia is a New York-based comedian/writer wowing audiences with her stand-up and freestyle rap. She’s appeared in TONY, The NY Post, The Idiot’s Guide to Jokes and Life & Style. You can find Carolyn’s writing elsewhere online at and The Huffington Post. Read bio and latest posts → Read Carolyn's latest posts →

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