ah, I was raised Jehovah's Witness and that was the same thought and almost identical wording. Same for Easter and Christmas too.
Guess they got things partially right, pagans celebrated first.
It's not a Southern thing, although it's more common in inner cities. We have "Trunk of Treating" in various places too, some before Halloween, and some in place of it (so to speak). I take my kids to a couple before, and then we go out that night. However, kids are generally dressed up for these, here.
As for the razor blades/poison thing, there's only ever been a couple of times that people have actually found that true, and they were all from family members, not the general public. I do remember my mother insisting on going over EVERY piece of candy we got as kids, and if it looked at all suspicious, it was tossed.
We loved Halloweeen My favorite Holiday we got, to do everything once year were, not allow to od any other time of the year.
Take candy from strangers eat to you dropped. Be silly , dress up ,watch scary movies, go out after dark.
It was so much fun!
Hey I have a five year old so we just trick or treat around here a block or two.
We find out what times and days each neighborhood is having Halloween and go to those days as well :)
Sopme people our trying ot ruin Halloween for everybody else.
Heck yes I did! I used to go out gallivanting with a group of friends, with parents in toe, as early as we could. I remember making several trips home as fast as I could to unload my pillow case so I could collect more sweets.
Did anyone else have to sing for their candy? I specifically having to sing this silly kids Halloween song at some of the neighbors houses, or to tell a joke.