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HOW ADULTS GOT SPOOKED ABOUT HALLOWEEN
Halloween used to be the day – or night – kids practiced being adults. They dressed up, went out without a chaperone, and worked for a living (well, candy). Now much of Halloween is overseen and run by adults. We’ll talk about the forces that changed this holiday and parental fears with two of the country’s most insightful scholars of American childhood.

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Joel Best
Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. He has been tracking reports of contaminated Halloween treats since 1985 and is author of “Threatened Children.”
Paula Fass
Professor of History, Emerita, at the University of California at Berkeley and author of “The End of American Childhood: A History of Parenting from Life on the Frontier to the Managed Child,” as well as “Kidnapped: Child Abduction in America.”