October is officially here, which means campers at Hickory Hollow Campground won’t think twice when little ghosts, goblins, vampires and witches start to appear at their RV steps this Saturday. After all, they are used to hearing the screams from across the street at Huston’s Haunted Hallow this time of year as the ghosts prepare for Halloween in Milford Township. But this weekend may be a bit less theatrical when the little campers, instead of the ghosts, show up screaming “Trick or Treat” to their fellow campers with pumpkin baskets held out to collect their candy and treats that have become a popular tradition over the years.
If our campers are like 41% of Americans, they will be including some spooky decorations to put up around their RV sites this weekend. Popular picks usually include pumpkins, skeletons, corn stalks, orange and purple lights, hot-air balloons and a spider or two. A viral sensation last year was the 12ft skeleton from Home Depot, so be on the lookout for one of those floating around. Hickory Hollow will be having their annual decorating contest on Saturday, at 9 pm, we can’t wait to see how our campers decorate this year because we know you love Halloween as much as we do. Children love the decorations, but they love our annual Trick-or-Treating event even more. Kids of all ages are invited to Trick-or-Treat throughout the campground, Saturday, October 9th during daylight hours from 11 am – 1 pm. Even though there may be a few tricks at Hickory Hollow Campground this weekend, treats will be the real draw!
The tradition of going door-to-door asking for food dates back to the Middle Ages when the less fortunate would go “souling” on November 1. In exchange for food, they would agree to say a prayer for the deceased the next day on All Souls Day, November 2. Later in Scotland, the tradition of “Guising” became popular during this time of year. The spirits were thought to be moving around more during Halloween as their prepared to cross over to the other side. The people started to wear masks and costumes to disguise themselves at Halloween to prevent evil spirits from harming them. In England and Ireland, the custom was called “Mumming.” Shenanigans started to accompany the costumes and mischief makers would sing a rhyme, do a card trick or tell a story in exchange for a treat. If that treat wasn’t presented, a “trick” could be played. For 19th century children, tricks included sticking hot cabbage into keyholes to stink up a house or jumping out to scare people.
When European immigrants arrived in America, they brought along their Halloween mischief and requests for treats and throughout the ages, the tradition of “Trick or Treating” has continued to gain steam. Today, major candy companies endorse the holiday, Halloween decorating is becoming even more popular than Christmas decorating, and adults and kids alike love dressing up and asking for treats.
A good Halloween scare should come from Huston’s Haunted Hollow, not accidents or injuries within the campground, so we want to make sure everyone used safety measures this weekend when the little goblins are out “Trick or Treating.” Drivers should be especially alert to pedestrians of all ages while coming and going from the campground. Please follow the slow speed limits posted upon entering, and use extra caution as the kids may be scurrying in and out of campsites more interested in getting their next treat instead of safety. Make sure the kids are visible when trick-or-treating. Make sure costumes do not impede your child’s ability to walk or see, and always test makeup for skin irritation, and make sure wigs and accessories won’t cause a hazard like choking. Parents, it’s okay to ration the candy bounty so no one overindulges and feels ill later on. After all, we do want the kids enjoying the rest of the weekend’s events too.
“When black cats prowl, and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween.”