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Halloween WWII Style

October 31, 2014

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This story is condensed from: EVERY VETERAN HAS A STORY_______

The other morning I woke up and looked out the window and saw pumpkins smashed and some decorations strewn.  “Ah, good,” I said to my daughters, “someone has done their research on the history of Halloween!”
They rolled their eyes and kept reading the comics over their bowls of cereal.  After 13 years of fatherhood, I’d lost the ability to shock them…or they were hoping by their indifference to ward off the inevitable history lecture to follow.  If so — it didn’t work.
Foe much of our history, Halloween wasn’t about trick-or-treating or going around in costumes – it was about vandalism.  Halloween celebrates the dark side, the side we reject and fear – all that we try to deny.  Mischief making has historically been a part of that.  If you look at newspapers 80 or 90 years ago…

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  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post this much!! Thanks for the reblog! Let me know if your readers happen to try the free, printable templates for carving the pumpkins!!

  2. I certainly will let you know. I thought the post was quite clever and thinking about the soldier’s ghost gave me an idea for a short story. I’ll post it on my blog, but don’t expect it too soon! I’ve got to finish my novel.

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