Tip the Can

From the Sears Catalog

From the Sears Catalog

Millions of people consider Halloween to be one of the high holy days of the year, and not just the kids who collect candy in the neighborhood. Dressing up  in costumes hasn’t interested me for years, but that doesn’t stop the Halloween industry.

In the thirties the industry hadn’t gotten off the ground, and from Louie’s stories there wasn’t much need for buying costumes. The neighborhood kids figured out everything they needed to do. A couple of months ago Louie had another letter about his Halloween pranks. This one tops the windmill story.

What fun it would have been to be a fly on the wall when Bob came home that night. There’d be no hiding what fun took place earlier that evening.

Grandpa Guy Havelick

 


 

Louie writes:

Back in the “Good old days” when we didn’t have indoor plumbing we utilized the old reliable “outhouse”

These were to the rear of each home, usually two seater, in case you liked company I guess.

Each also usually had a Sears and Roebuck catalog available for convienuant (sp?) use, whatever. Some people have a saying, one day at a time – this was one page at a time.

On halloween night the mean game of the local neighbor was to play “Tip-the-can” or tip over the outhouse. Continue reading

Wagon on the Windmill

windmill-584438_1280Halloween pranks must have been much easier in the thirties and forties. I haven’t heard of a good one in years. This one would be difficult to pull off now. Wagons and windmills are uncommon, and there are so many lights and so much traffic that getting caught would be more likely.

 

 

Grandpa Guy Havelick

 


 

Louie writes:

Halloween pranks were and still are somewhat common, but “back in the good old days” we did some that were outstanding, especially in our eyes.

I was in my early teens and full of vinegar and other things. I was with a bunch of a little older fellas that kept talking about pulling the “Granddaddy” of them all. …

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