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The times they are a changin’ Halloween

Posted on Oct 25, 2020 by   No Comments Yet | Posted in Uncategorized


I love Halloween. Bonfires, hayrides, a reason to eat candy without feeling guilty. What is not to like?

This year it will be different. Kids will dress up, make snacks, watch movies and stay home.

I remember some Halloweens were so warm we wore shorts and others so cold we had to put on long johns under our costumes.

In Alton, Illinois, where I grew up, we had an annual Halloween parade. Almost consecutively since 1945, Alton had the parade. A couple years were skipped during World War II but mostly you could count on the town turning out to stand on the sidewalk and watch the scary floats go by. This year the tradition ends. The parade was cancelled due to Covid 19.

I’m not going to dwell on it because it is one of those circumstances of life I can’t control. I will tell you it makes me sad.

While looking up how some folks are going to spend Halloween, I came up with some interesting facts I thought I would share with you.

This year the most popular candies are Skittles, Reese’s peanut butter cups. M&M’s, Snickers and Starburst, in that order. They didn’t list my favorites which are any candies with good chocolate and caramel.

This is be the first Halloween since 2001 to take place during a full moon. Remember, you will now have werewolves in the mix.

The original name of Candy Corn was Chicken Feed.  I’m sure glad I didn’t know that over the years. To me it takes the appeal right out of it.

Did you know the White House is haunted? Now, now, you know that isn’t what I mean. We’ll stay out of politics. Really, Eleanor Roosevelt saw Abraham Lincoln and others have seen Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Winston Churchill, Andrew Jackson, David Burns, and Abigail Adams.

If you would like more information on the hauntings at the White House, you can read about them on the internet at

Have a wonderful Halloween and if you started any new traditions because of the virus, drop a comment in the box.

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