Halloween is filled with traditions. Those warm down in your belly memories from when you were a kid. The excitement of finding a costume, or in my case, probably just a good 'ol scary mask. Then off to gather up the loot (well, candy, but still a kind of loot!) with the knock on a door or the pushing of a doorbell and a hearty 'Trick or Treat'!

But there was one additional element to getting that candy at one particular house.

My Grandma Achterhoff lived in the smallest house in the small town of Edgerton, Minnesota. It was that little one over there close to the Water Tower. She lived alone, with my Grandpa Achterhoff already gone before I was even a twinkle in my Daddy's eye.

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Now, back in those 'old days', a friend and I would trick or treat the entire town. I mean every house we could possibly get to. No, we didn't know every person in every house, but my parents did and that was good enough. And it was all so easy, just saunter up to the door in our Ghost or Frankenstein or Dracula mask, knock knock...and with a 'Trick or Treat!', the candy would magically find its way into our little bag.

Except for Grandma, of course.

She'd open the door, feigning a look of shocked surprise, and then...

'Sing me a hymn'.

Yep, she was the one lady that made us work for our candy!

Never mind that it was 'The Devil's Holiday', I and my friend would have to peel off a stirring rendition of 'Jesus Loves Me' (for us, that was a hymn) before that candy corn would plop into our bag.

So how did that particular tradition start with that particular lady? I have no idea, it just...was. I guess maybe I figured it was a 'Dutch' thing. Where I grew up, a lot of things were 'Dutch' things. Or maybe it was just her way of spending a couple more minutes with us kids. But to this day, all these many years later (Grandma passed away in 1971 at the ripe young age of 91), when I hear the line 'Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so' I think of...Halloween.

I wish I could sing it to her one more time.

LOOK: How Halloween has changed in the past 100 years

Stacker compiled a list of ways that Halloween has changed over the last 100 years, from how we celebrate it on the day to the costumes we wear trick-or-treating. We’ve included events, inventions, and trends that changed the ways that Halloween was celebrated over time. Many of these traditions were phased out over time. But just like fake blood in a carpet, every bit of Halloween’s history left an impression we can see traces of today.

Gallery Credit: Brit McGinnis

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