Goofballs & Billy Boy

Halloween parties meant a costume parade through the entire school! (My grade school ~ An Emjayandthem (C) photo)

When I was a little girl, Halloween was a very exciting time. We had a class  party and costume parade to look forward to, yummy treats to enjoy, games to play and of course …“Trick or Treating.”

Living on a farm eight miles from town, “Trick or Treating” involved 2 absolutes: cold weather and a car.  Mom and Aunt Irene helped us make our costumes and we often recycle pieces of from older costumes into something new. After supper, we’d pile into one of their cars and head out for the night.  This involved a total of five – count ‘em – five farms to visit:  The Lee home (neighbors), Uncle Harley & Aunt Maxine’s, Grandma and Grandpa’s, Aunt Irene & Uncle Jarl’s and ours.   So, depending on who was driving, we’d start at one and end at the others with three stops in between.   It was expected that we’d “sing for our supper” – sing a song, tell a joke or do something entertaining. Our song of choice was always, “Billy Boy” (Oh where have you been, Billy Boy, Billy boy .. Oh where have you been, charming Billy..) because 1) we knew the words, 2) they knew the words and 3) it always seemed to bring the best results.

I still love Halloween! Me & the Hubbs had a lot of fun with this costume.  An Emjayandthem (C) photo

Bear in mind that very few treats were “boughten” at that time – most offered us a home-made treat.  ((and trust me, this was the good stuff!!))   Norma and Roy Lee always gave us pop – our choice – orange or root beer – and a small bag of home-made cookies or fudge. Yum!  Aunt Irene was known for her caramel apples; Granny Smiths smothered in a thick layer of buttery rich caramel… mmm.  Aunt Maxine was crafty and loved to carve massive jack-o-lanterns to delight us… and her chocolate fudge was delicious as well.   Grandma made each of us our very own candy bag filled to the top with home-made popcorn balls and cookies mixed in with a few store bought treats – black licorice, toffee, and Old Dutch potato chips.  Smiling shyly, Grandpa always slipped in a can of pop and two bits (a quarter) and we felt oh so rich.  Our pillowcases were filled with to the brim with treats and good wishes.  After much admiration of the genius of our costumes and our profound musical talents, off we’d go to the next farm, darting through the biting October wind, wondering at the sky and trying to spot the witches we just knew were flying around.

At the end of the night, we’d get back home and marvel at the abundance of treats .. but it was always those home-made delights we fought over most.

I remember Mom making us “Goofballs” and I think I’ll make some for my grand-kids today :).


Goofball image courtesy of

1 pkg. Kraft caramels
1 can Eagle brand milk
1/2 lb. butter
1 box Rice Krispies
1 bag large marshmallows

Unwrap the caramels and place into a heavy saucepan.  Add the Eagle brand milk and the butter and stir until the caramels are melted and a sauce is formed. Remove from heat.

Stick 1 toothpick into a large marshmallow and dip it into the sauce carefully.  Immediately roll the caramel covered marshmallow in Rice Krispies. Set on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet to cool (remove toothpick).    These travel great and kids (and adults) gobble them up!

And .. sing something, will ya?

Happy Halloween!!

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24 thoughts on “Goofballs & Billy Boy

  1. Enjoyed! Thanks for the memories.

  2. Brought back fond memories of another time.

  3. Will have to try these for sure. Sounds a bit like an inside out krispy treat with caramel! Yum!

  4. Those are such sweet memories of Halloween!

  5. How special to be chauffeured around to go trick or treating. Goofballs are such a great name. I think our grandson would like making these when they come for Thanksgiving. We love anything made with Eagle brand. Thanks for another great idea.
    The wolf and Little Red Riding Hood are cute.

    • I hope you enjoy making them with your grandson; the name is nearly the best part!!
      We had a lot of fun but I have to give credit to my Mom & Auntie for they made everything we did an adventure 🙂 MJ

  6. I love your recollection of childhood Halloweens. I love the descriptions of trick or treating by car to the various neighbors and I’m drooling over the homemade treats. That’s the way Halloween should be! And thanks for that great recipe. Will definitely add that to my “to make” list.

    • It was a magical childhood and my Mom & Auntie did everything with flair and great imagination. They were such wonderful role models for us … we never had a lot of “stuff” but we always had more than we needed … and felt so rich .. always.
      Happy Halloween!! Hope Sophie enjoys the “goofballs” 🙂

  7. Ahhh…caramel. God’s way of weaning adults with dental work off of their kids Halloween candy. I was a farm kid too, with recycled Halloween outfits. 1974 (Cowboy) 1975 (Vampire Cowboy) 1976
    (Hobo) 1977 (Vampire Hobo)…Mom got her moneys worth out of those 99 cent vampire teeth.

  8. Love the song and the recipe! I used to get homemade treats like this for trick or treating growing up in my small hometown In the south.

    Charming! ~ Sheila

    • … Thank you. I had a charmed childhood, of that I’m sure and, like you, I think those homemade treats are the best .. ever! MJ

  9. Ahhh… such wonderful, happy memories!

  10. alanamokma

    haha. I like the costumes that you and your hubby coordinated!

    • .. thanks! We had a party to go to every year for quite a few years in a row and we always went as a couple .. that one might have been his favorite. Cheers! MJ

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