Halloween brings an appreciation of small town living

DSC03000I grew up in the big city of Dallas. We lived way out north between Royal Ln. and Forest Ln. at Webbs Chapel when I was a kid. Now for those of you who aren’t familiar with Dallas I will tell you that location now is sitting closer to the middle of Dallas rather than almost on the outskirts like it was back in the early 60’s when I was trick-or-treating. I have always loved Halloween and I’m sure it stems from the wonderful memories of going door-to-door with my sister and all the other kids in the neighborhood, ringing the doorbells of strangers and receiving candy from every house with a porch light on.. which was typically most of the houses. I remember my Dad was always there, either walking with us when we were very young, or driving along slowly in the car as we swiftly moved from one candy mine to the next. I still remember my amazement at the talking pumpkin that one guy had rigged up and the people that took the time to decorate their porches and dress up in costume. It just seemed to be an evening where everyone came together for one goal.. to trick and treat. Everyone was friendly, helpful, and seemed to care.

Fast forward 20 years later and I’m still in Dallas only now I have a husband and a two year old and Dallas has grown to a massive population that doesn’t allow the door-to-door trick-or-treating anymore. Everyone is afraid and cautious. We dress up our two year old and head for the mall to go store-to-store to trick or treat. Egad, what a let down! I think that incident was one of the deciding factors in figuring out a way to move to Eastland to allow my kids to grow up in the same sort of safety net I felt I was in when I was a kid. Halloween was once again a door-to-door event, full of people rigging up drop ghosts from their roofs, speakers in their trees, and lots of porch lights on. Now, another 20 years later, I have grandchildren trick-or-treating and Eastland still offers the ability for kids to dress up, and head out door-to-door trick-or-treating. I notice Eastland has been offering their version of the mall trick-or-treat with Trick-or-Treat on the Square, and I think that’s a fine event for the little ones, but thank goodness, after the sun goes down, the costumes are put on, the bags are tightly grasped, that the thrill of trick-or-treating door-to-door is still a tradition in our small towns. So often I hear people complain about the disadvantages and inconveniences that come from living in a small town, but I’m here to tell you, the advantages are much greater than the disadvantages! I hope everyone had as happy a Halloween as I did. Long live trick-or-treat!