After a night of trick-or-treating, suspicious apples with razor blades were turned in to the Forest Park police in 1971, which made front page news. The person who turned in the suspicious loot, unnamed in the Review article, also brought in a suspicious “candy bar which was not in an original wrapper.”  

For the next few years trick-or-treating was banned in town and Halloween parties became the norm. By the end of the ’70s, the park district was well known for its annual Spookhouse, the Halloween party at the library was very popular, many participated in the costume contest at the mall, and a carnival was hosted at Field Stevenson School.

Jill Wagner