Halloween brings out the kid in us all. And why not? Once a year, itâs perfectly permissible to take on the persona of alter-ego, hero or villain to enjoy a fall evening through the eyes of a younger self â or even better, through the eyes of our own children or grandchildren. Carving pumpkins and dressing up for Halloween have been October customs in the U.S. for only about 100 years.
No one knows for sure exactly when Trick-or-Treating was introduced here, but it probably arrived during the late 1800s with an influx of Scottish, English and Irish immigrants. At any rate, it seems to have caught on in its present form by the 1950s in most areas.
At Old Palm, a full slate of Halloween fun starts with Pumpkin Carving at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, October 23. The entire family is welcome to come and show off their Jack oâ lantern carving skills. The following Sunday evening, October 30, an adults-only Halloween Costume Party promises to be a fun time. And while a costume is not required to join in, this is your big chance to surprise your friends and neighbors with your creativity. On Halloween, the main event begins at 5 p.m. with a Pre-Trick-or-Treat Kids Buffet â all ages are welcome and costumes are encouraged â followed by community Trick-or-Treating for the little ones. Just look for pumpkins on mailboxes!