John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
As children, we used to go trick or treating in our local neighborhood to people we knew. We had fun then. St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran School would sometimes hold a Halloween party at the school. This was to reduce the amount of trick or treating we did. The costumes we wore were judged by school teachers. These parties were for the younger students.
Trick or treating always happened on Halloween evening. You would always take a small bag with you to receive candy or other treats. Some people would give you pennies. We never had any problems while going on our rounds that night. Not everyone opened their door to trick or treaters. This was to be expected.
As we got older, we no longer cared to do this kind of activitiy. This was for children. We could still help our younger sisters and/or brothers get into their costumes for Halloween. A big bowl of candy was situated near the front door for the trick or treaters who came to your house.
Now, due to safety reasons, we do trick or treating on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, and parents would walk with their children. The old days may be gone, but some things remain the same.
Have a happy Halloween and support the Bay View community.