Trick-or-Treats!

Stephanie (Princess) and David (Frankenstein).  What a pair!
Stephanie (Princess) and David (Frankenstein). What a pair!

When I was a girl growing up in south Alabama, Trick-or-Treating was a very big deal. Mom would bring two brown grocery bags from the store and cut a diamond-shape at the top of each one for handles. Then David and I would color them with our crayons. We would use these as our treat bags.

While it was still light outside, Mom would drive us to the houses because we lived out in the country. She would park the car, and we would run as fast as we could and yell,

“Trick-or-Treat!!”

We visited our nearby neighbors’ and relatives’ houses. We would always get popcorn balls at Mrs. Maud and Mr. Lee’s house. We got cookies from Aunt Maybelle and Uncle Grady’s.

We wore those plastic masks that were made in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The night would wear on. We would be out of breath from running. It just got harder and harder to breath out of the little mouth slits in the masks. Condensation would built up, and the masks became itchy and uncomfortable. But we didn’t let that slow us down.

One time we were running like rip, up Grandmother and Papa’s driveway, with bulging bags of candy. By this time, the bags were tearing. Suddenly, David took a tumble on the gravel drive. Candy went everywhere. I helped him pick it up, and we were off again, barely missing a beat.

I’m posting a photo of David and me in the front of our house. Do any of you out there remember those plastic costumes?

I’m also posting pictures that I got from eBay. These are the type of masks that we wore when we were kids.

Thanks so much to the following eBay sellers for being so kind and giving me permission to post their masks:

Booksports for Strawberry Shortcake -> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=380739542854&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:US:1123

Yellowildflowers for Wonder Woman -> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=400596191791&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:US:1123

Tlk-nsa for Daffy Duck-> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=171160596639&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:US:1123

3rdflrretro for witch mask -> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261316752334&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:US:1123

nevermorepenguins for Woody Woodpecker -> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261192158915&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:US:1123

I remember having a green witch mask one year.
I remember having a green witch mask one year.

We used to buy whole costumes in a little box like this.
We used to buy whole costumes in a little box like this.
View of entire Strawberry Shortcake costume.
View of entire Strawberry Shortcake costume.
Rear view of Strawberry Shortcake mask.
Rear view of Strawberry Shortcake mask.
No mouth slit for this one.  The child had to use the nose holes!
The child had to use the nose holes to breathe!
Here is the whole plastic option!
Here is the whole plastic option!
Check out Daffy Duck!
Check out Daffy Duck!
Woody Woodpecker.  This must be pink for a girl costume?
Woody Woodpecker. This must be pink for a girl costume?

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