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By Kathy Little

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in All Columnists

Halloween was simpler when I was a child. Lacking money for fancy costumes, most kids donned a cowboy hat, a sheet, a black dress or ripped clothes and transformed themselves into a cowboy, a ghost, a witch or a hobo. Some just bought a 79-cent mask from Berges Variety store and wore their school clothes.

Goody bags were plain brown grocery sacks rather than orange plastic pumpkin buckets. My mother would have never have allowed me to use one of her pillowcases to collect candy. She thought it made the child appear greedy.

Halloween treats were also different in the late l950s. Popcorn balls, waxed paper-wrapped homemade fudge, and apples were common fare. And no one worried about a needle or razor blade in that apple. How lucky I was to grow up in a more innoncent time!

My best ever costume was a gypsy fortune teller when I was in fourth grade. It consisted of a long colorful dress, a bandanna, and all the costume-jewelry from my mother’s jewelry box. My Grandmother Schwartz sacrificed her fake rose in a water globe from her coffee table to create the perfect accessory - a crystal ball.

A horrifying experience happened one Halloween when I was trick or treating with my sisters, Julie and Barb Barrett. We stopped at the home of newcomers to Preston. A man answered the door and in response to our “Trick or treat, money or eats” chant, demanded that we perform a trick in order to get a treat. Stunned, we eventually sang “Happy Birthday.” Then he gave us our treat - a brand new toothbrush. A dentist has to follow a strict moral code.

Kids in high school, bitter about being too old to ask for free candy, made their own fun. Throwing eggs, soaping windows and smashing pumpkins provided them with more sophisticated entertainment. So in seventh grade my best friend, JoAnn Ostrem, and I headed out with a bar of Ivory soap stolen from my house to experience a new kind of “fun.”

We headed for the home of a history teacher, known for his military demeanor in the classroom and for giving tons of notes. As we tip-toed up to the side of his house adjacent to a picture window with the drapes closed, we discovered that some boys were already soaping that window. As we gazed in horror, the history teacher drew back the drapes and got a good long look at those boys. The boys ran away fast while we choked back laughter.

Having had enough “fun” for one night, we walked home talking about how exciting history class might be the next day.

Whether you are in costume or not this dip tastes as good as it looks!





Scarecrow-D

Taco Dip

1 package (8oz) of cream cheese,softened

2 teaspoons taco seasoning from a l.25-oz package

1/2 cup thick and chunky salsa

1/4 cup sliced ripe olives

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 oz.)

l cup refried beans from a 16 oz. can

1 cup chopped lettuce

2 cherry tomatoes

triangular-shaped tortilla chips (about 3 inch size)

1. Mix cream cheese and taco seasoning til smooth and spread on 10 inch plate. Spoon salsa over cream cheese. Reserve 4 olive slices; sprinkle remaining olives over salsa. Reserve 1/4 cup cheese; Sprinkle remaining cheese over olives. Spoon beans in the center of the plate to make a 6 inch circle to resemble the head of a scarecrow.Sprinkle lettuce around beans. Cut tomato in half; place each half on scarecrow to resemble eyes (cut side up). Add remaining tomato to make a nose. Place l reserved olive slice on each eye to resemble pupil. Cut remaining olive slices in half and arrange to resemble mouth. Arrange 3 tortilla chips to make a hat. Arrange the reserved cheese to come out from under the hat and at the bottom of the face to resemble straw. Store in fridge. Serve with taco chips.

May skip beans if you like and just make face on cream cheese mixture.



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