THE PREACHER'S DAUGHTER: '<span>Treat Pokes' and 'Boogermen'</span>  

Mammaw Edith loved Halloween.

I can still vividly recall the paper “treat pokes” my Pappaw would stuff with candy for Halloween. He didn’t have drones of trick or treaters at 1423 Lot Mud Creek Road, but the ones he did have he took good care of.

He managed to always create some sort of “boogeyman” for the front yard too. He’d collect old pie pans and stuff an old set of overalls with straw. Propping him up against a hay bale for kids to wave at as they passed. He loved Halloween.

My great grandmother who lived in town also fancied young costume clad visitors. She would enlist the help of my uncle Greg to come and distribute candy out to neighbor children. Often he would wear a silly wig or a mask. He always ordered pizza and spent the evening with her. Mammaw Edith loved Halloween.

Perhaps the most festive of them all was my great Uncle Sam Short. Atop a hill in Highland Park, Sam would pose for pictures with my brother and I dressed as a werewolf or a monster. The treat bags he and my Aunt Helen provided would be so full of candy they were bursting at the seams. They loved Halloween, and we loved them.

I think back on Williamsburg as a child, the streets absolutely packed full... cars bumper to bumper, kids shoulder to shoulder on the sidewalks. Halloween night was a big deal. It was an event.

I can only hope kids today have half as much fun as we did, my brother and I. In my mind we’re still youngsters this time of year. We’d dump all our candy out and stay up late watching spooky cartoons.

I miss those times.

I will always love Halloween.

These days I spend it with tiny humans in an elementary school. With any luck perhaps one of them will receive their own “treat poke” or scared by a homemade straw filled “boogerman.”

Happy Halloween y’all!

Erinn Williams is originally from Williamsburg, and now resides in Owensboro, Ky. The daughter of a teacher and a preacher, she hopes to make a difference through her words. She serves as a teacher's assistant in Daviess County, and writes for two newspapers in Western Kentucky. She can be contacted at

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