Tuesday, September 20

Which witch?

“Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?” 
Glinda, the Good Witch of the North

Me? I’m going to be a Friendly Witch. With my own personal touches, of course!

Thanks to Momma I'm all set and I can not wait! (As of yesterday my Big Sister plans to be a witch, too!)

For those Rip Van Winkles out there, Halloween is an annual holiday observed on Oct. 31, which includes activities such as trick-or-treating, parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns, bonfires, apple bobbing, haunted houses, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

Costuming became popular
for both adults and children at Halloween parties in the U.S. in the early 20th century. Sheets were used as well as attic contents since Halloween costumes didn’t appear in stores until the 1930s when trick-or-treating was becoming popular in the United States.

The earliest known use in print of the term "trick or treat" appeared in Nov. 4, 1927, in the (Lethbridge, Alberta) Herald
“Hallowe’en provided an opportunity for real strenuous fun. No real damage was done except to the temper of some who had to hunt for wagon wheels, gates, wagons, barrels, etc., much of which decorated the front street. The youthful tormentors were at back door and front demanding edible plunder by the word “trick or treat” to which the inmates gladly responded and sent the robbers away rejoicing.”
Momma says her grandfather’s favorite trick was to move outhouses back just a few feet, uncovering the hole. Woe to the unsuspecting person who “went out back” to use the facilities and fell in! Eww. (Although anyone who was foolish enough to be unsuspecting on Halloween probably deserved it!)

As for my costume, we'll just have to wait until Oct. 31.

(I hate waiting.)

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