"It's tradition, we have to go to Mrs. Fish' house first." That statement has been said by children in the Gladbrook community for a good many years. You see, Mrs. Becky Fish serves the little goblins hot dogs as they "Trick or Treat".
When asked how many years she has been serving the hot dogs Mrs. Fish thought carefully and said, "I really do not know, it's been a good many." After chatting about when it started, it was decided, "Somewhere in the later '80s".
It all started with a conversation with Pat Saxton as she stopped to chat with Mrs. Fish on her daily walk. Pat told Mrs. Fish about a man in her hometown of Harrisburg, PA who served hot dogs to all the kids who came to his house. The idea was planted for Mrs. Fish and she started serving hot dogs.
Becky Fish and her assistant, Jodi Betts, took time for a quick photo with children waiting for a hot dog and Twizzler.
How many hots dogs does she serve each year? "About 200." If you multiply that times 25 years (as a guesstimate) that is 5,000 hot dogs and buns.
This year she was assisted by Jodi Betts. As this reporter stopped at the house shortly after 6 PM, the line began at the street, up the sidewalk and all the way to the front porch. Each child was greeted as if they were the only one to be served. The chatting was non stop with the children (and also some parents, many of whom had been guests years before).
Mrs. Fish said, "This is not about me, it's about the kids and doing something for them." Sounds typical of Gladbrook's beloved, retired kindergarten teacher.