It was on October 27, 1966 that CBS preempted My Three Sons for Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin and it immediately became the manifestation of Halloween for me. The falling leaves, the music , and Linus in the pumpkin patch are forever entangled in my childhood memories along with caramel apples , trick or treat bags made out of paper, and moms that let trick or treaters come inside on Halloween night to pick from a table of popcorn balls , homemade cupcakes, and shiny apples – no razors, no worries.
Imagine sitting in the back seat of the family car with a trick or treat bag, dressed in a little costume and a plastic mask with cut outs for your eyes and your mom parking on the side of the road to wait while you ran through an unknown neighborhood trick or treating? Nothing wrong ever happened, at least nothing I knew of. My mom never checked our bags for razors and drugs and the hospitals did not offer an X-ray service to check them either.