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Column: Tricks and treats over the years
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opinion Rosemount, 55024
Rosemount Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Where did the summer go? No, where did 2010 go? It's Halloween and most of the stores are decorated for Christmas and running Christmas specials. I heard retailers were stocking shelves early in hopes of getting some of the Internet sales. We don't have time to enjoy one holiday before we are reminded of the next one.

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Many of our readers are young and I know they have no idea how our older generation celebrated Halloween. When I was very young, mom would tie a kerchief across our face and when dad was relaxing after dinner, she would take us on the back porch where we would knock and say "trick or treat." I remember we got one sucker. Today young parents dress and bring their babies to the door for treats. As we grew older we would stop at one neighbor's house in our homemade costumes. Since we lived in the country, Dad would drive us and turn the lights off in their driveway.

We'd walk up to the door and knock. They never said they knew who we were but acted so surprised and we always got a special treat. I remember the older boys would go out trick or treating in town. They would join together, tip outdoor privies or collect apples from a tree they had seen earlier.

Then came the Halloween parties in schools. We worked so hard during our art classes making decorations. I'm not sure if they have parties in schools today.

For our children it was a fun evening, dressed in costume and going around the neighborhood before heading to Grandma and a few friends so they could see the costumes. They much preferred passing out treats and watching the little goblins.

Today I heard on television, children are going high tech this year, whatever that means. Many families go to the mall or cities have parties to prevent problems during the evening. During the last few years it seemed like more of our trick or treaters were older boys with pillow cases full of candy and braces on their teeth.

Yes, times and treats have changed over the years. It's too bad today parents have to check all the candy before children can enjoy it.

Sugar cookies

1 cup soft butter

1 cup shortening

2 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

4 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon soda

Cream butter, shortening and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well. Whisk flour, baking powder and soda. Gradually add and mix well. Roll in balls the size of a walnut. Flatten with glass dipped in sugar or colored sugar. Spray cookie sheets. Bake in 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Yield: six dozen

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