It's a half-baked theory of mine that Halloween didn't become the widespread big deal it is until relatively recently. The phenomenon of people decorating their houses with anything more than a jack-o-lantern on the front porch really didn't kick into high gear until the late 80s or early 90s, about the time the TV show Roseanne started doing elaborate Halloween-themed episodes.
Believe it, or not.
There was never much trick-or-treating at my house when I was a kid because I grew up on a farm, although we would put on our grade-school Halloween party costumes and go over to my grandparents' house, which was on the other side of the farm. There's a home movie of we three brothers when we were probably nine, seven, and three years old in Grandma's kitchen, just after she greeted us at the door wearing a Halloween mask of her own, which we thought was hilarious.
The Magic Crew will be out making deliveries in costume again this year. Before I started helping out three or four years ago, I hadn't worn a Halloween costume since sometime in the 80s, and then it was only because I lost a bet. In the late 90s, I worked in an office where Halloween was a very big deal, and where a lot of people came to work in costume. I generally did not, although one year I wore headphones and said I was a DJ.
I once read a story about a famous DJ who was walking the halls of the station one day with his headphones around his neck and the cord stuck into his back pocket. Somebody asked him, "Hey, Larry, how come you've got your headphones plugged into your backside?" He said, "Because if anything goes wrong back there I want to be the first to know."
Watch for the Magic Crew in costume on Halloween, coming to visit you with Halloween treats. I don't know what I'll be wearing, but I promise not to have anything stuck into my back pocket.