The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on October 31, 1961 · Page 12
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The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas · Page 12

Ottawa, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 31, 1961
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THE OTTAWA HERALD Tuesday, October 31, 1961 Things Going So Well For Children They Don't Have To Rebel Tonight By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) - Whatever happened to the old-fashioned Halloween? This is the night bats fly, witches cackle weirdly as they soar through the sky on jet-fast broomsticks, and skeletons dance in their bones in the streets, pursued by red devils with rubber pitchforks. Your doorbell may ring many times. If you open it you are likely to see a group of small costumed monsters, each holding up a container. "Trick or treat!" they yell in chorus. "Treat, if you please," you answer, and if you hand them a dime each or some pieces of candy, the mollified monsters go on to the next door, usually followed at an unobtrusive distance by a cautious parent. But what happens if you reply, "Trick!" Probably nothing. The tiny * * * Neva-Mos Keep It Peaceful By PETE MCCOY The Nevada Daily Mail Written for The Associated Press NEVADA, Mo. (AP) - Halloween means ghosts, goblins and vandalism- to many cities and towns. But not in Nevada. "We anticipate a quiet, routine Halloween season," says Chief of Police Preston Dixon. But it wasn't so back in 1946. That was the year the city added 100 men to the police force in a futile effort to keep property damage down and vandalism in check. Some residents sat up with loaded guns to protect their property. Holding forth now are the Neva mos and the Anti-vans. A Nevamo is a student who is a member of the Nevada Junior- Senior High School student body and who has distinguished himself as a leader. An Antivan is a student who has signed a pledge of no vandalism during the Halloween season. And believe it or not—the number pledging their cooperation is 100 per cent of the enrollment. After the vandalism 6f the mid 40s, C. H. Jones Jr., SMper^nt ent of schools, said it became clear that police action was not the answer. It was up to the students. Transformation of the stampede of vandalism into a great adven ture in citizenship was directet by the high school student coun cil and its sponsor, Miss Glady Radford. The program was tagged "Ant: Van" and was an immediate hi Since 1947 there has not been reported case of vandalism dur ing the "season of temptation. The city has a generation o young people who have neve known window soaping, vanda ism and property destruction Miss Radford still is the adviser. Superintendent Jones keeps a close eye on the project. This*'year students from the 7th. through the 12th grades will be taken downtown Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. by busses to a theater which has been leased. Admission is a pledge card to refrain from vandalism. After a Halloween film all will be taken to the high school for a student talent show, coronation of the Anti-Van king and queen, movies and a dance. There are carnival booths such as the Spook Room, game room and fortune telling room. Mothers of the Parent-Teachers Association supply the refreshments and lots of them. Students come dressed not as goblins or ghosts but in their best, just like they would at the Junior- Senior prom. "The big thing is that the students are doing it themselves," Superintendent Jones explained. "The big lesson to be learned is that it takes a great deal of advance preparation. For them it is the biggest social event of the year." Sheriff Wayne Pursloy sums it up: "The Anti-Van campaign sponsored by the students themselves has made our task in Nevada easy." monsters look uncertainly at each other, then go away. They are so used to getting treats they don't know any tricks to play on a householder to force him into granting their demands. I don't know when this "trick or treat" ultimatum got started, but a generation ago it wasn't so popular in many parts of the country. Halloween wasn't an evening of harmless fun but the most dreaded night of the year to grownups. Children were generally more obedient to their elders in those days, but one night of the 365 they threw off the halters and roamed like wild things. The kids then didn't seek treats from adults. On Halloween they wanted to play tricks. They were one-night rebels, out to ridicule and humiliate the grownups. They were in full revolt against authority. In the farm areas robust teenagers took a particular joy in pushing over outhouses. In the cities they spilled garbage pails on front porches. They soaped store windows, cars, home windows. They painted or chalked defiant messages on the steps or sidewalks of "the old crank" who seemed to dwell in every neighborhood. The old-fashioned Halloween was a nuisance and an annoyance to most adults, a time of vexation and often of expense, as some of the pranks were costly if not downright dangerous. Halloween now—like the Fourth of July—has been gentled into a safer and more harmless holiday. The little demons prefer to be bribed rather than play tricks. There are those who feel this is because grownups over the years have wisely learned to channel the excess of juvenile spirits into less harmful forms of fun. This might be giving grownups credit for more wisdom than they deserved. Possibly a better explanation: Why should children rebel any longer on Halloween—since the little demons already have th« adult world under their thumb th« rest of the year anyway? Phone CH 2-4700 for new 1962 PHILCO MODELS ne Clears the decks r with a NATIONAL WAREHOUSE CLEARANC ATLANTA CLEVELAND PHILADELPHIA We must make room for our NEW 1962 PHILCO MODELS that are arriving dailyl 11 Regional warehouses from coast to coast join in a ^10,000,000 sell-out of Philco Appliances, Television and Hi-Fi... It we don't have the model you want in stock ...we'll get it from the nearest warehouse. DALLAS LOS ANGELES DENVER [PORTLAND" KANSAS CITY? 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PHILCO-BENDIX AUTOMATIC WASHER High capacity washing action. Two cycles. Single dial control. Washes 7 sheets in a single load. PHILCO REFRIGERATOR Budgetmaster model with full-length storage door and huge full-width freezer. PHILCO Every shelf a freezing shelf. Freezer Bar door shelves. Lifetime' porcelain interior. SPEEDWAY PROVED FOR TURNPIKE SAFETY where your dollar buys MILES more 127 S. Main Phone CH 2-2468 * SUPER SPECIALS Demonstrator models, floor samples and used APPLIANCE - TV values 79.95 196.50 122.95 136.50 EXECUTIVE MODEL COMPACT TV -I AQ QC (Special f— "'• I'37o77 2 USED REFRIGERATORS, A-l Condition, Each PHILCO ELECTRIC DRYER PHILCO-BENDIX WASHER-DRYER, Gas Model PHILCO AUTOMATIC WASHER .. PHILCO DUOMATIC, Electric Model ... REPOSSESSED AUTOMATIC WASHER iV{ i ' I" :

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