Back in my day, trick or treating seemed a whole lot simpler. Geez do I sound old. I sincerely apologize for that.
But it was. Get in the Batman costume (circa 1964), grab an empty pillow case, hook up with the gang and travel around cruising for candy. As we got older, our arsenal included shaving cream, eggs and toilet paper. The candy back then seemed more varied as well. Besides the usual candy corn, Juicy Fruit Dum Dums or O’Henry’s, there were nickels, candy coated apples and full size candy bars!
The decorations were simpler too. Carved pumpkins, maybe a bale of straw with a witch or a scarecrow hanging out in the front yard. It was a quiet more innocent time, yet still full of cavities and scary thoughts.
Today, Halloween has grown to be much more complex, more like an element than a simple holiday. The treats are different. The Hershey Kisses, Life savers and Baby Ruth bars have been replaced with “Fun Size” versions of one-bite Milky Ways, Snickers or Kit Kats. Nickels and pennies have been replaced with Target or McDonald’s gift cards, and I I’m sorry, but I just can’t handle a tiny package of Sweet Tarts that impossible to open and when you do, there’s three tart tablets in the package. What the…?
The yard decorations are different as well. Today’s Halloween displays look more like an Alice Cooper concert with a bunch of techno-gadgets that light up the whole neighborhood. The tricks as well. No more lit paper bags with dog poop on the front porch. Today its lasers being aimed in to windows or robotic rolls of toilet paper designed to cover selected areas of the yard.
There is one thing however that hasn’t changed is checking out your little goblin’s bag of candy when they get back. Not only for safety reasons but quality control as well. They did it to me when I was a kid, and I do it today. But I find it a tad disheartening that there is no full size candy in the bag. Just a bunch of bite-sized chocolate and that sucks.
So when you are busing casing the treats and stashing them in your pockets, wait for the little ones to go off to bed, pull out your Fry-Daddy, fill it with oil and heat it.
Enjoy Halloween everybody.
My Secret Halloween
1 Pocketful of Fun-Size Candy Bars, unwrapped. (I prefer, Midnight Milky Way, Snickers, anything with chocolate. Freeze these babies for about an hour before getting started.)
1 Cup Heavy Cream
1 Tbs. Canola Oil
1 Cup Flour
1 Tsp. Baking Powder
Pinch of salt
Combine all of these ingredients in a bowl and coat the candy bars evenly. Drop them a few at a time in a fry basket and deep fry for 3-4 minutes per batch. Allow to slightly cool before downing them. The candy will float when done.
Check out the video and slideshow for a walk down memory lane.