Friday, October 15, 2010
Happy Goosey Night
It has been a long time since I went out Trick-or-Treating. In truth, mostly I don't even remember what costumes I wore ... except one. On October 2, 1950, the TV show "Tom Corbett, Space Cadet" aired for the first time, and I was hooked. Not sure if it was that year, might have been too soon for them to get costumes out, probably it was the year after. My all time favorite Halloween costume was Tom Corbett. Is it any wonder that I write Science Fiction?
I wish I had a picture of my younger self in that costume. But if one was ever taken, it is long lost in all the moves I made, moves my parents made after my father retired, hopeless! I tried to reconstruct what it would have been, see the picture above, but I may have gotten a few of the details wrong.
Halloween isn't what it used to be. The kids go out saying "Trick or Treat" but all they expect is their blackmail payoff (in candy). They aren't thinking of "Tricks" and wouldn't know what to do if some curmudgeonly homeowner chose that option. Bunch of wimps! Back when I was a kid, we knew what to do ... and we by gosh did it!
Halloween used to be a two-night affair. We did tricks and treats. The night before Halloween was known in our town as "Goosey Night," while in the next town over it was "Cabbage Night." Bands of young thugs roamed the streets, and anyone who left their car parked outside was certain to find the windshield soaped the next morning. Houses were hit with eggs or TP, and various other mischief was perpetrated.
And then, after all this, we kids had the utter gall to put on costumes the next night, expecting to be given candy by those same people whose cars we had soaped! Yes, that was Halloween, not the lame excuse we have nowadays. Bring back Goosey night!
Posted by Jim Hartley at 12:01 AM