Hippies, Housing, and Halloween.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Zion Realty

Halloween is a festive time full of ghouls, ghosts, candy, and costumes. Whether you or your children go to work or school imitating a favorite comic book hero, famous celebrity, or favorite historical figure there is plenty of fun to be had by all. One of my daughter's chose the popular costume as 1970's Hippie this year.

We've come a long way in Halloween costumes since 1970 when a plastic mask and thin plastic smock were the popular and easy choice available. Of course back then hardly anyone thought of the safety aspects of highly flammable plastic outfits and masks that a child could barely see through.

Seeing my daughter come downstairs this morning in her outfit made me think about what similarities and differences in life and can be compared to then and now. 

It's hard to imagine but there were no cell phones in the 1970's. There wasn't email or the Internet. If you wanted the daily news you had to wait for the morning paper to be delivered to your door-step or watch the local nightly news. 

A gallon of gasoline would set you back a mere $0.35 in 1970 and the Dow Jones industrial average started that decade off at only 809 points. 

One of the biggest difference between the 1970's and today is housing prices. The median price for a home in the United States at the beginning of 1970 was only $23,600. However, contrast that with the average weekly earnings for a worker at that same time which was only $232. 

There are also some major similarities between the 1970's and today's present time. The original Star Wars movie debuted to audiences in 1977 and at the end of this year there will be the next new installment in the epic Star Wars movie series. Detective televisions shows like Kojak and Hawaii 5-0 were big hits and today C.S.I and similar crime dramas are just as popular. There was just as much political turmoil overseas and in the Middle East as there is today. 

Although I don't think it was a goal of the 70's generation to be a Halloween costume idea forty years later. They were full of much higher aspiration but that's not unlike any other generation before or after. Seeing my daughter dressed like a hippie for Halloween reminded me that aside from the cost of living, the more things change, the more they stay the same. 




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Randy Hilman, Associate Broker
Randy Hilman Homes - Moultonborough, NH
What Matters to You, Means Everything to Me!

I'm sorry, but your daughter's outfit doesn't take me back to the 70's.  I see her as a good looking millennial fashionista.  It's how the youngin's are dressing in my neck of the woods.  All things old are new again. 

Oct 30, 2015 02:17 PM #17
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

You just took me back decades at the mention of those plastic masks.  LOL  My daughter would make a great 70s girl.

Oct 30, 2015 03:40 PM #18
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Nicole. Nice look back, alwasy so interesting to do that, especially when looking at our kinds. You daughter such does make a great looking hippie.

Make it a great weekend!

Oct 30, 2015 08:42 PM #19
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Nicole.  Cute outfit and thanks for the quick trip down memory lane.  Though, I know plenty of hippies still alive and well.

Oct 30, 2015 08:48 PM #20
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Nicole. The 70's were a much simpler time and in many ways more enjoyable! Enjoy your day!

Oct 30, 2015 08:55 PM #21
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good morning Nicole. I enjoyed reading about the 70's .Thank you for the post.

Oct 30, 2015 09:05 PM #22
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Nicole.  I am a product of the 60's when hippies began their quest for love and peace.

Oct 30, 2015 09:06 PM #23
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Nicole.  .35 cents a gallon, heck girl I can remember what we referred to as the gas wars and I could buy it at 15-19 cents a gallon.  You paid .25 if you wanted the attendant to pump it.  Sigh...   Those jeans have made a comeback and I like that hat...  

Oct 30, 2015 09:39 PM #24
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

"Au Naturale" in the olden days....peace to you !

Oct 30, 2015 09:55 PM #25
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Why has the cost of living risen so high? Keeping up with the Jones? Double income with both adults worked?

Oct 31, 2015 01:47 AM #26
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com

Lottie - Now that would be quite a return on your investment!

George - I wonder if that was considered a high-end purchase back then?

Will - Neither of my parents dressed like that so I don't have any incriminating pictures of them.

Roger - Oh I believe it!

Kimo - Wow! $8 for milk. That's pretty scary!

Mark - You were at the premier? That's pretty cool!

Sharon - Yes! You tied a bandana around a big stick!

Oct 31, 2015 01:50 AM #27
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com

Mary - Now if she dresses up like a musical hard rock band member from the 80's that would be more in my wheelhouse!

Gayle - It's funny you say that because her style isn't too far off from that look anyways. She had all the clothes in her closet already to pull this outfit together.

Debbie - The big, wide bell bottoms haven't really made a comeback yet but the flair cut jeans have cycled back around a few times now. 

Lou - I'm sure we'll look back another 30 or 40 years from now and be amazed at the differences. 

Mike - Who doesn't remember the commercial with the Native American crying over litter. I'm very glad some common sense came around when it comes to the environment as well. 



Oct 31, 2015 01:55 AM #28
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com

Randy - It is true, that bohemian 70's style is still popular in a lot of areas.

Tammy - Not only were those masks unsafe but you could hardly breathe out of them.

Joe - She could tele-transport back there right now and fit right in.

Gabe - I know of a few still hanging around as well. They're all in to yoga now.

Wayne - Very true. I was watching re-runs of The Bob Newhart Show a little while ago and I was laughing at how much more simple things were in the 70's.


Oct 31, 2015 01:58 AM #29
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com

Gita - I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for stopping by.

Conrad - Well you made it out alive and you're no worse for the wear. 

James - Gas wars at $0.19 a gallon! That's funny!

S & D - Yes, things were a lot more.....hairy back then!

Evelyn - I wish I understood how economies and inflation worked but it does always seem strange to me how prices have increased so much. 

Oct 31, 2015 02:01 AM #30
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Have a wonderful Fun Safe Happy Halloween ;o)

Oct 31, 2015 02:48 AM #31
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Nicole - As a child of the 60's, I've had pretty much the same thoughts brought on by kids dressed up in my go to outfits from back then. And you're right - it's interesting times again.

Oct 31, 2015 04:19 AM #32
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hi Nicole, love your daughter's photo! I remember dressing just like that and wish I had saved my old fabulous ripped jeans - not for a costume but for every day!

Oct 31, 2015 04:43 AM #33
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello again Nicole ... Vegas Bob was a real hippie so many moons ago ;o)

Great photo of your daughter and your post has been featured to the group:


Oct 31, 2015 09:30 AM #34
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nicole, seeing your daughter dressed as a hippie does bring back memories, and so much has changed since the '70's, especially home prices! 

Oct 31, 2015 11:01 PM #35
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com

Vegas/Alaska Bob - Thanks for the feature! I hope you enjoyed the holiday!

Dick - I'm sure my grandkids will be dressing like how I dress now for some sort of costume in the future.

Joanna - Those were actually my jeans! 

Joan - Home prices back then are the equivalent of a down payment now!


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