“My Porch Light Will Still Be Off.” @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA #Halloween



I feel like I tell this story every October – how I turn my porch light off on Halloween so the Trick-or-Treaters don’t come to my door.  Oh, my daughters decorate the yard and the inside of our home for the season, but for me, Halloween ends on the 30th of October, a day before the actual holiday.

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Not that I owe an explanation, I want to share why I do this.

October 28, 1970, the Halloween candy scare broke via a New York Times op-ed.  The world was bombarded with stories of poisoned candy being given to kids, and someone putting razors in apples and passing them out on Halloween.  For a time, folks kept their kids at home on Halloween and wouldn’t allow them out to go door-to-door in search of holiday treats.  Then, things eased up a bit.  The story fell off to the wayside, and within…

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About Shirley Harris-Slaughter

I love old buildings and history. That's why I ended up writing about the history that surrounded me all of my life - "Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community." Plus our church had closed and the school is torn down, so I felt it was imperative that we preserve the history or it would be lost forever.
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