When I was a kid in the ’50s, Halloween wasn’t just a day; it was an event. First, there was a costume parade at school along with a party in our classroom, and then a school carnival (at least at my elementary school), and then coming home and waiting until it finally got dark and headed out with that pillowcase to trick or treat up and down three streets from 65th to 55th… getting full-size Hershey bars, popcorn balls, caramel apples, none of this fun-size crap. Sometimes we trick or treated for Unicef. One year, my friend had a party in her garage after trick or treating… we did all of the usual including bobbing for apples and the hanging donut game.
These days, Halloween is even more than just one event. There are dozens of things you can do to celebrate Halloween, so it makes sense to devote the entire month of October to celebrating this fun and special holiday