The Hollow day full of fun

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By John Pawlak

I love Halloween and love handing out candy to children. The costumes, the excitement, it’s all part of the ambiance of Halloween.

One year, we were giving out regular-sized 3 Musketeers candy bars. A little boy comes to the door and when I gave him his candy bar, he exclaimed “Oh-oh! Soft candy! My parents warned me about soft candy. People can put pins in it!” I was taken aback by his concern, but then he unwrapped the bar and standing there on our porch, ate the entire candy bar. As he wiped his lips with the last bite, he nodded, saying “It’s okay. No pins!”

Most people know that Halloween gets its name from All Saints Day

(Nov. 1), also called All Hallows, with Oct. 31 being All Hallows Eve. With over 10,000 saints, it makes sense to honor them all on a single day (just reciting the names of the saints would take about 15 hours).

But dressing up as witches and goblins was not particularly popular in early America. In the fun-loving town of Salem, knocking on a stranger’s door at night in costume could have very fiery results.

No, Halloween’s incarnation here in the States was more of a spud inspired event.

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