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.