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Cities, organizations put a new spin on Halloween traditions

Original post made on Oct 23, 2020

We've compiled a list of entertaining alternatives Menlo Park, Mountain View and Palo Alto to celebrate the ghoulish Halloween holiday, which will look a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Posted by May Day?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 24, 2020 at 6:07 pm

May Day? is a registered user.

When I was in elementary, we lived in South Dakota. At that time, often it was too cold on Halloween to really go trick or treating, and even if you could dress warmly enough, no one could see your costume. I remember once trying to brace an arctic wind and gave up after two houses. The neighbors don't want to open their doors when it's that cold anyway.

Halloween then was more about the harvest and changing seasons anyway, so as a one-day event, it didn't have the kind of commercial significance it does here/now. What we did instead of the trick-or-treating often was to make it possible for the kids to knock on doors for candy on May, May Day, though because it was a small town, often the treats were cupcakes made by the neighbors and other homemade treats, jelly beans, gumdrops, and of course, chocolates, all in spring colors.

What about having an alternative this year for the kids to do the same, possibly on May 1? We have other May 1 celebrations, and the fact that we used to do that in South Dakota when it was so cold never killed Halloween when it wasn't.

Just a thought.

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