Trick or Treating Kansas Style

Halloween around the country.

 Albany, New York, is requiring the 1800 sex offenders on parole to stay at home for Halloween.

 In Annapolis, MD, specific sex offenders are not allowed to have contact with children.

 In Birmingham, AL the county sheriff is requiring 35 sex offenders to come to the county courthouse on Monday night for a mandatory meeting.

In California about 2,000 paroled California sex offenders will spend a supervised night together.

BUT IN LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS, the Safe Halloween program, sponsored by the downtown merchants association, has been going on for 15 years.

In the bright daylight between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, groups of costumed children and adults trick-or-treat their way to 50 or so downtown businesses.  

Don’t you love it when the simple ideas are the ones that work best?

15 Responses to Trick or Treating Kansas Style

  1. Great shots AL. I am sure you were happy you were not in the North East in the Blizzard. Send me an Email and I will hook you up in Florida with some Great events there this winter.

  2. Madelen says:

    Well, I must share a little of my Halloween experiences in Baltimore a long time ago. My friends and I actually started trick or treating a week or more before Halloween. We started scoping out the best places for treats ahead of time so that when Halloween arrived, we revisited the houses with the best goodies. Of course, this was in the days when you could trust homemade treats. Once we were recognized by the homeowners as having already visited for treats, we were gently shooed away, but that didn’t stop us from trying one more time. Some folks gave us treats more than once. And, yes, I admit we did commit a few tricks on the “scrooges,” like turning over trash cans. But then you weren’t arrested for things like littering and vandalism. Our “tricks” were pretty mild.

    We also had wonderful parties at home where we played games and activities like bobbing for apples. Now, that is a whole lot of fun! Plus, costumes were always homemade, part of the fun. Halloween, my most favorite holiday as a kid.


  3. Dave L says:

    When a kid, Halloween was great fun collecting large bags of candy, soaping car windows, and threatened the haul of those younger than we. As a college guy, in a fraternity at an all-boys engineering school, we burned an outhouse at the Deans address, a long running tradition – except for the farmer who supplied the fuel. Later I went to parties were we danced, dunked and drank cider leading up to who knows but all wished what; and later in life had a neighborly good time escourting our young offspring through the T or T process and collecting martinis along the way – each neighbor in turn hosting the rest. Today, I watch while some of my same age dress up and play silly at our writers meet, maybe win an award for being original – original kids, and it occurs to me that those same sillies are no different without their “orginal costumes.” If there is a bah-humbug for Halloween, I may try out for the part. I know I’d get it.

  4. Colleen Rae says:

    I remember a particular Halloween in Maryland. My kids were gone trick er treating with their neighbor friends. We had just moved into a new house and their was a ditch outside in the front yard to connect our water to the city. Their was also a barracade around it.On the spur of the minute I donned a white sheet and sat in the ditch until a few kids came along. Then I rose from the ditch and made a howling sound. They were really scared and started crying and running. that was when I realized it wasn’t such a good idea.

  5. Ohhhh . . . I don’t know about that Colleen . . . I was one of those little kids and those are some of my favorite Halloween memories. . . the very possibility that it might all be real . . . heh-heh-heh. “Haunted Houses of Horror” use the same techniques.

    And as for Halloween today, I’m with Dave: Bah. Humbug. There’s an article somewhere in my Curious Man archives where I discuss my indifference and hostility to the holiday as it’s now celebrated.

    • allevenson says:

      I am one of those who lament the change in Halloween since I was a kid.

      It is not I enjoyed soaping windows or stringing toilet paper in trees or between telephone polls.

      What we’ve lost is the notion that it is safe to send a small group of 7-year-olds out to roam the neighborhood to knock on doors of people we dont know.

      We are aware there are sick people out there who would prey on our children. Although we may be more aware of the sickies, I think their number has increased over the decades.

      On the upside Halloween is no longer the private province of kids. Once a year grownups get a free pass to revisit their Inner Kid.


  6. karen wittgraf says:

    Sorry- I’m “Halloweened out”. Wonderful memories from childhood (we all like to be what we’re not and Halloween allows us to all be actors- a human dramatic need). I spent 30 years planning Halloween parties for pre-schoolers when I taught. There were 2 session per day, so that was 10 separate parties per week. This included the costumes, pumpkin carving, “treats” and games and stories. By the time Friday night came around, I was totally exhausted. We’re talking 20 kids per class here. Happy Halloween!

  7. Barry Boland says:

    I Remember my serious Halloweening when we moved to a post-war tract house in a large development on Long Island in New York. I usually scored two shopping bags full. Everything was pretty much eaten by the end of the week–even the candy corn.

    I ignored Halloween until the 70s(in New York City)when the folks in Greenwich Village put on an informal Halloween parade with samba band.

    I’ll never forget the giant papier mache “puppets” dressed as thieving bankers, bribe taking politicians and corrupt businessmen, opening their briefcases and throwing funny-money to the crowds. Those puppet people sure had it right.

  8. robbie says:

    This year I dressed as a pirate and played duplicate bridge in a tournament with my partner who had on Frog pajamas. Nobody else dressed in a costume. Generally, we have a Halloween social at the clubhouse where our condo is located and it is one of the Homeowner’s Association’s best parties. All of us should embrace our inner child!
    . It is sad that we loaded up with candy–Snicker’s Bars–and nobody at all came to ring our bell! That bespeaks of Al’s wise remarks about how it is now deemed unsafe. Once upon a time, it was the most exciting night of the year for most kids!
    Also bad news is: we must eat all that candy ourselves!

  9. Jeff Kingman says:

    Halloween has always been, and still is, my favorite holiday. We decorate our house with truly spooky stuff–not the cartoon looking things for babies. We really like it creepy and scary! I also happen to be a horror movie junky so I guess it’s not a surprise. Anyway, looks like they’ve hit on a great idea in Leavenworth–looks like a fun way to keep it going.

  10. Barbara Nathan says:

    Well-put & with fun photos!

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