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website HalloweenHome.net which sells Halloween pet costumes made
news when it shared the history of Halloween children, parents, and
Recently, as you know, the HCSARB or Halloween
Candy and Small Animal Regulatory Board was established in a 110,000
square foot building on the outskirts of Washington to see to it
that Halloween candy collected by children and small animals is
This 5000 person bureau is one of the finest in the nation
and a government agency to be very proud of. Each Halloween they go
to work to protect the Halloween Trick or Treaters of this nation.
The rest of the year, they sit around and drink coffee. The
circumstances that served to bring this valiant board into existence
began long ago.
The history of shared Halloween candy collected by
children and small animals is a long and litigious one. Therefore,
this article is written to give new awareness to this pressing
The story of Halloween candy dissemination begins in
ancient Rome, though new facts are being unearthed all of the time
that suggests that the phenomenon is much older, perhaps as old
Early in the reign of the Supreme Emperor of Rome, Nero,
only adults went Trick or Treating on Halloween night. Then one
brilliant person by the name of Steri Decisis came up with a plan
that would set Rome on its collective ear. He dressed up his kid as
a slave and their slave as a lion and sent them out that fateful
At the close of the evening, the child and slave returned
with their Halloween basket completely filled with delicious
Halloween candy. Steri Decisis, being a braggart spread the story
far and wide bringing down the wrath of many of the elderly
Halloween Trick or Treaters of Rome on him. The case went all the
way to Nero who ruled in favor of the adults and confiscated the
delicious Halloween candy for his own uses. Steri Decisis, the
child, and the slave were fed to real lions.
Much later in history another interesting chapter in
Halloween candy and pet costumes brought about the famous Slalom
West Virginia Witch Trials.
Charles Munger an early settler of Slalom set forth his
child, along with their dog, Old Yowser, to go Trick or Treating on
All Hallows Eve. Unfortunately things did not work out precisely as
Munger had planned.
Munger's child, Chip Munger, unknown to the father,
trained Old Yowser to attack the local witches and by force remove
all of their Halloween candy. The child who was dressed as a Fairy
Princess and Old Yowser, in his pet costume, dressed as a cat set
about their devilish mission and causing a general ruckus among the
witches who had Munger the elder thrown into jail the very next
morning. Thus began the Slalolm Witch trials as each witch, in turn,
sued Munger. So many witches took Munger to court that he was
declared a nuisance and tossed into a burning pile of hay.
Montana Halloween Candy and Small Animal Case Goes To Supreme
In 1932 in Fropshire, Montana, rancher Ed Smallet, having
sent his kid out into the cold Halloween night, on foot, with horse
dressed up as a freight wagon, sat by the fire awaiting their
return, so the story goes.
After the child, supposedly approximating a ghost, who was
adorned only in an old bed sheet with eye holes cut out, returned
home from his 50 mile Halloween circuit, Smallet demanded a portion
of the Halloween candy, the prized Snickers bar in particular. The
child did not want to part with his candy and took his father to
Eventually the shocking case went all the way to the
Supreme Court of America, being known as Smallet vs Smallet. The
Supreme Court Justices, in a 5-4 decision ruled in favor of the
father. In the opinion of the victorious justices, Smallet, after
all, did provide the child and horse with Halloween costumes, at some
cost, and was therefore entitled to a portion of the Halloween
Candy. The Snicker's bar, which was impounded as evidence, was split
5 ways by the justices who ruled in the affirmative. Smallet
tried to sue the Supreme court but was laughed out of the court
building. The child and horse ran away to join the circus.
The history of Halloween candy injustice and victory is
has provided us with many examples of what is good to do and what is
not good to do on Halloween night in the matter of children and
small animals. It is hoped by this author that you take your
responsibility more seriously in these vital matters. It is further
hoped that you visit the extraordinary pages of
the foremost Halloween Costume and Pet Costume and Halloween Candy
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