Halloweens Past



BECK: I grew up in a small town in Washington State, my Mt. Vernon. This is right about the time of year when I started to seriously think about Halloween. Not only was it the first real holiday on the fall kid calendar, but it was the day that celebrated all the things I loved: Dressing up in costumes and eating candy. Most other holidays have some sort of candy facet to it, but Halloween is all about giving, getting, and eating candy. Thanksgiving and Columbus Day are great, but whoever thought them up should have figured out a way of eating little boxes of Milk Duds as a main way of celebrating. I'm just sayin'. And being a kid at Halloween in a small town was great, but what happens to Halloween when you're just about done being a kid? Do you remember that year in your life? Maybe you were 13 or 14? There's a time in everybody's life when the joy of being a kid does battle with the pull to leave your childhood behind. A day like Halloween gets caught in the crossfire.

That year came for me when I was 14, I think. I remember it because I dressed up that year as a hobo which, man, I only wore some of my dad's clothes and an old hat of my grandfather's. Those were the simpler years, you know, before hobos turned into the homeless. When you're a teenager, there's quiet rebellion in the hobo costume, dressing up but not taking it too seriously so your friends don't call you dork. But to be honest, as too cool for school as you really think all of your friends thought you were, you did seriously miss dressing up. When you are little, your parents dressed you up in what they thought made you look cute. Maybe a little green onesy with a hat like you're a pea pod in one of those nightmarish photos by Anne Geddes. Does it bother anybody else how they she is a toddler wearing butterfly wings is adorable? I hate those photos. I refuse to do that to my daughter, unless my wife tells me to and then I'm cool with it.

But I digress. When you graduate into choosing your own costumes, when you're about 6 or 7, for me this was back in the late Sixties and early Seventies, my mom would take me to the Wells drugstore in Mt. Vernon where I would get to look at all the costumes in boxes. You got one of those masks with the rubber band that went around your head with the printed plastic smock that tied in the back. One year I went as Casper, the Friendly Ghost. I didn't even get the printed Casper. My mom just cut holes in an old sheet. Another I was Batman's sidekick Robin, the Boy Wonder but mainly because they were out of Batmans when I got to the store but the very best years of the Halloween costume are those from about 9 to 13 years old. That's when the creative juices really start to flow, you know? If your mom could sew, you were one of the lucky ones. If you could dream it, she could make it. Pirates, astronauts, monsters. We scared the bolts off of Boris Karloff, if your mom knew how to sew. Dressing up with your friends for Halloween was kind of like starring in your own little Broadway show. "I always knew he wanted to be in Broadway." All right, keep it to yourself. The best way I can describe it was Halloween was just fun. Those were my good old days.

And then there was the candy. The amateur hour kids used to use those plastic bags printed with ghosts and bats but quick thinkers like me knew that an old pillowcase was the way to go. It was a lot sturdier and held more. Nothing spoiled the momentum of Halloween more than having to make a pit stop at home to drop off some of the night's loot and run the risk of having your dad say, hey, hey, hey, hey, that's enough. Oh, is that a Milky Way there?

I grew up back in the days before Fun Size candy bars. And whoever, by the way, thought a tiny candy bar should have been called Fun Size was a moron. Trust me there's nothing more fun than hearing a full size Snickers from one house drop into your bag onto the full size Three Musketeers you got at the last house. And back then people would still make caramel popcorn balls and you would actually eat them. They were good. Do you remember? Some people would drop little handfuls of loose change. Not my first choice, but I'll take it. And a few old ladies would always try to pass off aging fruit as a healthy treat. The apples never really made it home. But then one fateful Halloween night you turn into that most frightening of all creatures, a teenager. All of a sudden you're a tough guy who deep down wants to extend the fun and free candy for just a little longer. But dresses up as a goof. What? I didn't think about this." Running around and laughing at all the babies trick-or-treating and having all the fun. Somehow at that age we decide that denying our true selves is a necessary part of growing up, and it's really too bad. But it happens to the best of us. And if you're lucky, you'll find the joy of Halloween again when you get older. Maybe it's through the sparkle in your kids' eyes as they delight in the pure pleasure of vampire fangs dripping with fake blood or maybe it's that you're finally old enough to where you realize you don't get any points for being cool, not really anyway. Life is hard enough all the rest of the days of the year. We might as well enjoy October 31st for the treat it really is. It is still fun, you know. Every bit as much today as it was back in my Mt. Vernon.


There is no transparency when it comes to the Biden administration, and Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's recent exchange with the FBI’s Jill Sanborn is just another example. When questioned about alleged involvement the FBI had on January 6, 2021, Sanborn refused to answer almost every single time.

Do our government officials still work for us? Take a look at the latest headlines: The DOJ and U.S. Army are preparing for possible conflicts with "domestic terrorists," Biden's education secretary allegedly requested the NSBA letter that suggested treating upset parents like domestic terrorists, and President Biden said if you're not with him on the Democrats' voting bills, then you're with the Confederacy. Meanwhile, the FBI won't tell Congress whether it was involved in the the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and the corporate media insists that there's nothing to see here, especially concerning Ray Epps.

The American people are concerned, and it’s "extraordinarily disturbing" how far the federal government goes to avoid answering our questions, Glenn Beck said on the radio program. There's a very odd growing trend here: Our leaders, including the unelected ones, no longer answer to the people. This must stop now.

"The question that I have is, where is the transparency? And is anyone going to be held accountable? They are not afraid of our senators. They are not afraid of Congress," he stated. "This has got to stop. They have got to answer to the law. This is an oversight committee. Who is in charge, the FBI or the people? Once the people are not in charge and are not allowed to see the secret documents, we are toast. Toast!"

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Have you ever wondered why so many insane things are happening simultaneously RIGHT NOW? Big corporations are going woke. The stock market got red-hot during a FORCED recession. Stores like Walmart and Target were allowed to stay open during the lockdown, but mom-and-pop stores on Main Street had to close, some of them forever.

On Wednesday's "GlennTV" special, Glenn Beck explains it all in this sneak-peek episode — a primer to his new book and the upcoming explosive, in-depth special: “The Great Reset: Joe Biden & the Rise of 21st-Century Fascism.” Co-author Justin Haskins joins along with Glenn’s head writer and researcher, Jason Buttrill, to answer audience questions about a topic that the media has tried to censor and “fact-check.” You will be equipped with everything you need to know about what the global elites of the world have planned for the transformation of society and YOUR life.

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After new information came out that suggests Dr. Anthony Fauci intimidated and bribed scientists into dismissing the COVID-19 lab-leak theory, Sen. Rand Paul and Fauci got into a heated debate in a Senate hearing. But instead of providing answers, Fauci accused Sen. Paul of endangering him.

Sen. Paul joined "The Glenn Beck Program" Wednesday with his response and explained why he believes "people live in fear of what [Fauci] will do to them."

"It's all about money. If you cross Tony Fauci, you don't get your money. He controls the purse strings for the entire country, the entire university system. And he's been doing it for forty years," Sen. Paul began.

"It's consistent with his arrogance, this level of arrogance that he's developed. He said several weeks ago, that he is science and any attack on him is an attack on science. Yesterday, he said anybody who opposes him is encouraging death threats," he added.

"Look, I've been on the receiving end of semi-automatic gunfire. I was 20 yards away from Steve Scalise when he almost died. I was 10 feet away from a staffer that was shot. And, you know what? The guy doing the shooting was a Bernie Sanders supporter. But not one of us, not one of the Republicans on the ball field, said, 'Oh, it was Bernie Sanders' fault.' But that's the juvenile level of personal attack that Fauci is now stooping to. He is saying that the personal threats he gets are actually the fault of his critics."

Sen. Paul continued, "But the thing is, [Fauci] needs to answer the question. Everything he did in the committee yesterday was misdirection so he didn't have to answer the question. The question was, why did he smear three scientists from Stanford, Oxford, and Harvard? Why did he smear them as fringe epidemiologists? And why did he conspire against Francis Collins to take them down in a very public way? He wouldn't answer the question."

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Over the past year, an increasing number of voices on the left have pushed for radical changes to our way of life, from reforming capitalism to enacting strict vaccine mandates. But are the American people behind these changes? A recent poll from the Heartland Institute and Rasmussen sought to find out, and the results are startling. The three-part poll asked likely voters for their thoughts on the Great Reset (half said they don't know what that is), COVID-19 authoritarianism, and whether they prefer former President Donald Trump or President Joe Biden.

The Heartland Institute's Justin Haskins joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to break down the results of this exclusive poll, including the disturbing revelation that roughly half of Democrats polled supported shockingly authoritarian COVID-19 policies. For example, nearly half of Democrats polled said they think federal or state governments should require unvaccinated people to live in "designated areas or facilitates," or essentially camps. Nearly half of Democrats supported a proposal "to fine or imprison individuals" just for questioning the efficacy of the existing COVID-19 vaccines on social media, television, radio, or in online or digital publications. And, when asked if people who refuse to get vaccinated should lose custody of their children, 20% of Democrats answered "yes."

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