Halloween: then and now
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When I was a kid, there were no stoplights in Patterson. No fast food joints. No Starbucks. While many may gasp in horror at the very idea of living without such amenities, it was simply a different time. Living in the country, my early Halloween memories were equally simple — my cousins and I would eat cookies or cupcakes prepared by our mothers, and I'd watch 'It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' on television.

During my childhood, most Halloween costumes came from a box, along with a one-size-fits-all tunic. These costumes usually also contained a smelly plastic mask that would make your face sweat if you wore it too long. To be honest, wearing the mask for long durations wasn't an issue because the thin rubber band holding it on your head would snap off before you were finished wearing it, anyway.

Luckily, Halloween in Patterson has evolved in recent years. Costumes have improved, as have decorations and candy options. In a recent trip to the store, I almost got a cavity just looking at the heaps of candy bags for sale. To be frank, though, I was disappointed to see that candy corn is still popular. I know many of you may disagree, but when I eat candy corn, it makes my saliva taste like feet.

Anyway, as an alternative to trick-or-treating, some Patterson neighborhoods and churches host safe parties for kids, and these events can be just as much fun as going door-to-door. We also mustn't forget the Fantozzi Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch— it's a great local attraction to enjoy.

But, I'm pleased to report that some things still don't change, despite how many years have gone by. Tonight, I'll be watching Charlie Brown's Halloween special on ABC. Forgive me if I pass on the candy corn, though.

Whatever you have planned this Halloween, have fun and stay safe!

N Elizabette Guecamburu, volunteer columnist for the Irrigator, is a writer and a native Patterson resident. She can be reached at eguecamburu@gmail.com

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