Yes, it's true: we were the first generation to go "trick or treating" so, in essence, Boomers (and our parents) invented Halloween traditions as we know them.
And we know how to do Halloween right.
"Halloween originated in Ireland and was called Hallow E’en, or All Hollows Eve among the sober people. But, who are we kidding...we’re talking Ireland; there are no sober people...
Folk lore has it that during this pagan holiday the veil between the living and the world of the dead was (veeerry) thin... Because of this, the dead just walked right through the veil to visit the living, which was more thrilling for the dead than the living, who would hide under their beds chugging whiskey.
Just in case being nice didn’t work, the frightened people would carve out turnips and rutabagas, and place embers in them to ward off the evil spirits, who would often laugh and joke a great deal before eating the family dog.
The Roman Catholic Church got a little fed up with all this foolishness and created All Saints Day, also called Hallomas, on Nov. 1 and All Souls Day on Nov. 2 in an effort to get rid of this Hallow E’en craziness. However, it didn’t work and the Druid Holiday is bigger now than it has ever been."
So...given that we were the first generation of trick-or-treaters, we are the first generation of grandparents who have trick-or-treated ourselves. Of course, the NCA study gives another reason Boomer abodes are the best place for good treats: we're also most likely to be home. While 51% of the 18-to-29 year olds will most likely be attending a Halloween party, only 14% of the 60+ generation will be partying away from home.
So to all those out kids who get their trick-or-treat bags full to the brim of all the good stuff, we Boomers gladly say, “You’re welcome!”
You have been boo-fficially alerted....
PS: If you want to hand out candy made in America, go with:
- Mike & Ike's,
- Tootsie Rolls,
- all Hershey's products,
- Butter Fingers,
- Jelly Belly's & Jelly Belly's Candy Corn, and
- Dum Dum pops.