Things that were perfectly acceptable in my family on Halloween Night in 1984:
Dressing as Michael Jackson*
Homemade Daryl Strawberry costumes**
Kids trick or treating without adult supervision***
Are any of these acceptable today?
*I did not do this.
**I did make a Daryl Strawberry costume but no one guessed who I was, probably because I’m not a lefty.
*** This reminds me of something. The other day I was reading an article about the fact that the State of Maryland was asking registered sex offenders, to place signs in their yard, discouraging kids from knocking on their door. While I’m not sure that this is the best way to handle this issue, I appreciate the thinking behind it. We all want kids to be safe. At the same time I feel slightly jealous of today’s kids. When I was a kid we didn’t have a fancy registry telling us who the sex offenders were. On Halloween we went out unsupervised, knocked on doors and hoped for the best. Usually it turned out fine.