Welcome mbc2run, Voodes, and Sma9toes, to the dwindling ranks of the poor beggars. Every year we get a couple of ex-Michiganders who've spent years hearing " You did WHAT?" from their non Detroit-area friends, and getting looks out of the corner of their eyes from them. Yes, we did it. Yes, we had a great time, yes we got sick to our stomachs from the popcorn-and0Karo-syrup balls. And yes it was all worth it. Best Halloweens ever. Glad you did it too.
I'd talked to my sister in NYC about it, and she remembered our move to New Jersey and the kids there
s unbelief the first time she went out trick or treating, which was a weird custom for her. I don't think I'd ever hears of eggins a house, or soaping windows, or TPing the neighbor's trees til we moved there.
She sent me an email about the NYC custom she'd seen iun the Times, dating back to the 1870's. which was poppular through the 50s at least, and may still have some survivals in the outer boroughs, or did at least into the 70s, has some similarities. Kids on Thanksgiving or the day before would dress up in raggedy old clothes (mostly) or some other similar costume and go"begging", as the Times called it, going door to door in their neighborhoods, asking "Anything for Thanksgiving?" and getting pennies, or oranges or walnuts, and carry them home in old pillowcases. Adults thought it was undignified and vilified it, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV had a hand in killing it off, but Apparently older Times readers still remember it fondly, according to the comments in the Times archive section. . Different chant, different origins apparently, same swag. It was "Ragamuffin Day" in NY, seems to havbe migrated to Oct. 31. Happy Halloween, Help the Poor.