Pat Shingleton: "Shucked Corn-A Halloween Prank"
During my younger years, cold, rain or snow never cancelled our Halloween. As noted in a previous column, neighborhood gardens held aged stalks of corn with an ear or two. Once shucked the kernels were as hard as gravel; easily removed from the cob. These were separated into paper bags and that's when the pranks began - for some. My brother Denis and I didn't participate in these activities. Halloweener's that did included: the Sudano boys, Dangerous Doug Kelly, Pumpkin Head Hulick, Dumps Wiley, Skunk Tritt and my brothers, Kevin and Mike. As Denis and I completed homework at the kitchen table, we assisted our mother in treat distribution. The previously shucked corn - pitched onto windows or aluminum doors resembled a machine gun burst.
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