How Halloween is Celebrated in Small Towns of America

Happy Halloween Celebrations in Small Town
Happy Halloween Celebrations in Small Town

Halloween is a Fun Time for Children and Parents

Years ago, in my hometown, our Halloween Celebration began with a Carnival, on the City Hall Property, where the only City Park was located.

Our parents participated in putting up food booths, which sold homemade candy, candied apples, cotton candy, pronto pups (Hot Dogs on sticks rolled in pancake batter, then fried—they were so good.) We also had cold and hot drinks, boiled peanuts and hot roasted nuts.

We had pony rides, and we could swing on the swings with our friends and watch the sun go down, or ride on what we called the “Merry-G-Round.”

We thought our park was great, but in reality it was a poor excuse for a City Park, but we cherished every minute we were allowed to play there with our friends.


Haunted House for Halloween
Haunted House for Halloween
Halloween is Here in America
Halloween is Here in America

Added A Haunted House

Years later, someone added a “Haunted House” for additional fun for the children. See how children remember, it isn't always material things but the good times spent with their friends and family.

So, this made Halloween so much more to all the children, as we could have fun at the festival, and then go “Trick or Treat” with our friends, and chaperons. My mother enjoyed giving out candy to all the children who came to her door, and she would try to guess who they were in their costumes.

And what made it special was everyone knew their neighbors, and the children who lived in the country would come into town and go with the children who lived there.

This is before some churches preached against celebrating “Halloween," but some of them still do celebrate; but they call it by different names.

Some churches had a celebration for their church with the children dressing up, and having food, games, and contest on the church property.

And other might label it as, “Autumn Church Celebration” or some towns have “Trail of Treats” which begins at an early hour with certain business having treats for the children who visit each store in their costumes, and receive treats, street are blocked off for the children and the parents safety. The children and parents love this and some towns do it every year.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Some towns have “Pumpkin Carving Contest” for children 12 years and under, costume contests, and clown to paint the children faces. And most of all the above has taken place on Halloween for security reasons, to protect the children, because we do not know all our neighbors, now. However, some still go from house to house in addition to everything else they attend.

Children need to have fun, especially now because of everything American is going through, they really need to feel connected with other children. Look at what we have gone through as a Nation, and all of our stress affects the children, whom we love and who are our future.

If religion is stopping you from letting your child celebrate like the other children---then celebrate with them your way. Go on an overnight camping trip and have S’mores, and tell scary stories—and let them dress up. Don’t make your children feel so different and out of place with the other children—use your brain—to make them happy.

Who knows---- you might start a new tradition--- in your neighborhood.

Of course this is just my own opinion and I like it but the way how Halloween was Celebrated in small town America.

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LydieRVgirl 5 years ago from Pa in summer sebring fl winter

This so, brings back memories. Love it!!


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PurvisBobbi44 5 years ago from Florida Author

LydieRVgirl,

I am so glad someone could relate to this---as it was a very sweet time in my childhood. When times were simple and people were outside much more than now. We did not have color TV, cellphones, computers---things that kept us inside. We were outside with out friends, until our parents made us stop catching lightning bugs, and come to take a bath.

Yes, I loved the good old days.

Thanks for reading my hub.

Bobbi


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LydieRVgirl 5 years ago from Pa in summer sebring fl winter

PurvisBobbi44, I think we came from the same cut of cloth. I lived the same wat growing up. I think that why I like to RV. love your work


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PurvisBobbi44 5 years ago from Florida Author

Then I am in good company. It is so nice to know there are others who experienced a time that will be again.

A small town where people cared about the simple things in live.

Thank you for stopping by,

Bobbi


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

This brings back wonderful memories of Halloween when I was small--loved this!!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi Bobbi, I think its a great idea whatever anybody calls it, we don't celebrate halloween so much over here, I have no idea why, we used to, we had parties in the pub not just for the adults but kids too in the daytime, but these days my town is really boring, so I love your hub, and I am so jealous too! lol!


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Nell Rose,

It is always so nice to visit with you. Fly to the USA for Halloween and have fun. You take care and hub some more great recipes.

Have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

The elementary schools in our area used to have Halloween Carnivals, and they were so much fun. The parents all got involved in setting everything up for the kids.

Great Hub. I voted it UP, and shared.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Bobbi, I love Halloween and loved how you shared your childhood memories of it in your town. I grew up in NYC (Queens) and I remember getting the good old plastic costumes with a plastic mask (yes I was raised in the 1980s). We went trick or treating through many city blocks and I remember having so much fun. Thank you for bringing back some great memories from my childhood. Have of course voted, shared and tweeted too!!


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Mary,

I know we had so much fun growing up in a small town where we celebrated Halloween by having a carnival first--- when we would to from door to door with our little bags---having so much fun meeting our friends going from house to house.

Thanks you for your visit it is always great to hear from you---and have a wonderful week. Thanks for the comment and sharing.

Bobbi Purvis


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Janine,

So great to hear from you and thanks for the comment and for voting, sharing and tweeting.

Have a great Halloween with your sweet babies.

Bobbi Purvis


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nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

Halloween is always fun. I love the atmosphere, even as an adult!


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi,

Thanks for the visit and comment. Have a great Halloween.

Bobbi Purvis


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I used to like carving the pumpkin with my family as a girl. Yes, each family can have a fun tradition :) Vote up!


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Christy,

Thanks for the visit, comment and voting. Have a great weekend.

Bobbi Purvis


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I remember Halloween carnivals! We had them at school. Games, food...they were so fun. Thanks for rekindling the memories.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Halloween is my favorite holiday (after my birthday) and I love this hub! Wishing you a spooktacular halloween Bobbi!


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Sunshine Lady,

Thank you for the visit and comment. I always enjoy Halloween seeing all the children and myself having fun. I do not plan to mature anytime soon.

Have a great autumn.

Bobbi


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Conservative Lady 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

Great Hub - I remember going to the scariest haunted house as a kid. I lived in a small town that every Hallowwen they would turn the old abandon hospital in to a major scarey haunted house. The kids and adults all loved it. Man did I have some nightmares after those visits but I was always ready to go back the next year. Voted up and awesome.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi,

Thanks for the visit, comment and voting. I had fun growing up in a small town and Halloween was always a big deal. Have a great autumn.

Bobbi Purvis


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi,

Thanks for the visit and comment. Halloween was so much fun for my friends and me. Have a great autumn,

Bobbi Purvis


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

purvisbobbi44,

Thank you very much for sharing a very interesting hub. Since living in Thailand, Halloween is one festival that I really miss. I spent most of my childhood celebrating Halloween in the little village which was one-half mile from our farm. We would first have a little party at the one room school and play games. Then, in costume, we go trick and treating around the village. Some of the older kids would get into mischief by doing more tricking then treating. On the following morning, there would be toilet paper all over the electric wires and a number of outhouses in the countryside would be tipped over. Voted up and sharing. Also Pinning and sharing on Facebook.


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georgescifo 3 years ago from India

Really interesting ways of Halloween celebrations!! Thanks for sharing.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I remember those old Halloween carnivals. We had them at school. They were great! Can't bet the good old days. Thanks for the memories!


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Paul Kuehn,

Thanks for your visit---I would love to have a 'Time Machine' to go back in time to visit my hometown Halloween Carnivals---life was great.

Have a wonderful day.

Bobbi Purvis


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi georgescifo,

Thanks for your visit---yes we had fun.

Bobbi Purvis


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi rebeccamealey,

Thanks for your visit and comment. Yes, and I miss them---now the same churches who enjoyed them when I was growing-up thinks it is now the 'Devils Work"---so time marches on with asinine thinking.

Bobbi Purvis

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