Halloween in Lansing
I have witnessed four generations of Halloweens in Lansing.
In the ’30s and ’40s I can remember drawing black cats and jack-o-lanterns in school, but I do not remember going door to door trick-or-treating. The custom back then was to roam around town looking for outhouses to turn over. I did not take part in this but remember older boys bragging about how many they managed to turn over. My dad outsmarted them, as he had our outhouse standing close enough to a bigger building, this being the chicken house, and the bolts tying the two together would make it impossible to push over, even though they tried. I am sure we had some sort of celebration at school.
We did take our children trick-or-treating, but it was not on the grand scale of that which goes on today. As the kids grew up and married we looked forward to having the grandchildren come by for treats and pictures. Now it is the same with our great-grandchildren.
Lansing has a number of Halloween celebrations for the children. On Saturday, Oct. 30, the high school Leadership class had a grand party, and later in the day, the city had its annual Spooky Center at the Activity Center. They had two sessions, one for third grade and under and a later one from fourth grade to eighth grade. These events are organized to promote safety for our trick-or-treaters. Games, activities and treats are enjoyed by all.
Actually, for us, it is more of a religious observance because it is the eve of All Saints Day which is Nov. 1, a holy day for Catholics. Pope Gregory III designated this date to mark the christian feast of All Saints Day. According to the church the day started at sunset, which is why celebrations typically started on Oct. 31, the eve of the holiday, All Hollows Day.