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Old 11-03-14, 10:57 AM
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Is House To House Trick Or Treating Dying Out?

At least in my neighborhood it seems like there are less kids coming around. I know it could be many different factors unique to my area, but I thought with a Friday night and perfect weather it would be a busy year.

There are also many alternative activities being pushed for Halloween. I wonder if traditional Trick or Treating will be a thing of the past in 10 years or so.

How was it in your community?
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Old 11-03-14, 11:02 AM
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It is thriving and a huge deal in my neighborhood.
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Old 11-03-14, 11:06 AM
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It varies year to year in my neighborhood. We had a lot this year and last but hardly any the previous year.
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Old 11-03-14, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by joeyduck View Post
It is thriving and a huge deal in my neighborhood.
It could be just were I live. It is pretty lame. Not too much decorating even at Christmas.
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Old 11-03-14, 03:01 PM
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I think kids have gotten so fat and lazy that they don't want to walk for their candy like we did when I was a kid. We'd start just before dark and run until the last porch light went off. We'd have a pillow case full when we got through.
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Old 11-03-14, 04:19 PM
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I guess it depends on where you live. It's still very busy in my neighborhood and it seems like kids are bussed in from other areas.
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Old 11-03-14, 04:29 PM
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I think kids have gotten so fat and lazy that they don't want to walk for their candy like we did when I was a kid. We'd start just before dark and run until the last porch light went off. We'd have a pillow case full when we got through.
Meh, the kids in our neighborhood have their parents drive them in their cars up and down the block. Things like that make me less inclined to hand out candy each year.
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Old 11-03-14, 04:48 PM
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@bikecrate Halloween is the big holiday in my neighborhood. We are a fairly diverse area with a lot of young families whose holidays do not coincide therefore Halloween is the universal holiday for all of the kids so there are great decorations and a lot of participation.
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Old 11-03-14, 07:59 PM
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It is definitely on the decline in my area. Most parents I know will only take their kids to the homes of people they know,
which typically number less then ten, or else some parents will get together and have private parties for the kiddies.

And of course, these days, you cannot discount the effect of political correctness (Someone might be offended!)
or the "food police".

Yes, I am from the generation that would begin just before sundown, and not finish until people started turning off
their porch lights. A porch light turned off was an indicator that this house was either not participating, or else they had
simply run out of candy.

We had "The good houses" that gave out good stuff, and "the bad houses". They either gave out Apples, (Mom and dad
tossed them) or, the dreaded nasty old woman who would open her front door just enough to say "I told you kids to get lost!"
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Old 11-04-14, 01:46 AM
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It was kinda rainy in my hood this year and I had one trick or treater on my cul-de-sac. Some years I've had to go back to the store because I ran out.......So if I buy twice as much it rains.

I just went by my old place of work today and put it in their candy bowl.
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Old 11-04-14, 01:52 AM
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they had a thing called "trunk or treat" in several places near where I live. people decorated their cars and passed out candy from their trunks,

I also live in a neighbor hood with little to no kids....but lots of pets oddly enough.
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Lots of activity in my neighborhood, about the same as last year, around 40-50 kids. The year before we lived in a different neighborhood and we would have a good number of kids come by each year, maybe 30 or so.

I think neighborhood demographics are important- how many houses have kids, how many houses participate by having their lights on, how far apart the houses are, etc.
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Yes, I am from the generation that would begin just before sundown, and not finish until people started turning off
their porch lights. A porch light turned off was an indicator that this house was either not participating, or else they had
simply run out of candy.
This is what annoyed me. The last couple years we handed out candy, but not this year. It was just me hanging out at home with our toddler while my wife and newborn were still spending the night in the hospital. I was far from being in the mood to hand out candy. Porch light was off. We still had kids come up to the door, ring our bell and yell trick or treat through the door. Sorry kids, our light is off and I'm exhausted.
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Here the Down town district /chamber of commerce .. puts out the Candy During the Day, door to door there, so no one comes to the door at night
Kids being stocked up during Daylight Hours.. & cute on the streets when people can see their costumes ..

Halloween Night in the Bars is Nuts, 'Amateur Night' I stay Home..
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Old 11-05-14, 01:44 PM
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I haven't had a trick or treater in 15 years. Maybe if I started handing out crack or meth...
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Pretty much stable near me.

BUT nothing even close to what I remember as a kid. In the long run I think that will kill house to house trick or treating. I get the candy and hand it out because of good memories of my youth. I think far fewer kids today will have similar memories. Cut out jsut a few more houses near me handing out stuff and it would die near me. I see it dead in 30 years.

I find that sad.
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Old 11-05-14, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by colorider View Post
It varies year to year in my neighborhood. We had a lot this year and last but hardly any the previous year.
Same here. I had about a dozen last year and none this year.
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None last year and none this year. Seems officially dead here.
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Where I used to live, you could go through about $1 a minute. TONS of kids. I have trick or treaters of my own and by the time we get home, no one is out in my current neighborhood, which is surrounded by woods with houses a little farther apart than most parts of town.

I participated in a Trunk or Treat activity at my wife's church. Now that is a joke...move from car to car in a parking lot. It's like hunting at a zoo...no challenge, no fun.
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Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
Same here. I had about a dozen last year and none this year.
Hey, you brought back Barbara Eden! Alright!!
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Pretty much stable near me.

BUT nothing even close to what I remember as a kid. In the long run I think that will kill house to house trick or treating. I get the candy and hand it out because of good memories of my youth. I think far fewer kids today will have similar memories. Cut out jsut a few more houses near me handing out stuff and it would die near me. I see it dead in 30 years.

I find that sad.
I guess I tend to compare it to when I was a kid 40 odd years ago too and it's not the same. Of course the whole idea of what being a child has changed since then which probably has something to do with it.
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A banner year in my neighborhood, I came really close in breaking into the personal candy stash this year.
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Our doorbell rang maybe 15 times. Mostly small kids with their parents. We live on a u-shaped street connected on each end to a non-residential street...so really it's only kids from our street that come by. I'm guessing we only have 50 houses. I'm taking it upon myself to finish all the leftover candy singlehandedly.
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We had about 150 kids over about 3 hours but we live at the edge of the neighborhood. At ground zero, we know people who had 800 kids in an hour before shutting their own operation down. They are 2 doors down from the very center, and that house is so jam packed around it that not many kids make it through the crowd and to the actual door.
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Nothing here, hasn't been in years. There are only a few families, and I don't think they go up and down our road (its a main road). As kids, we ALWAYS did! started at dusk and went around our area, then to our cousin's house and around their neighborhood. I would have candy past Christmas! In fact, the last year I went (senior year) I had candy till Easter!

I think most bus their kids to busy village streets or housing developments where they know people will actually hand out candy. Working second shift, once I get my own house, its not likely I'll hand any out, as I won't be home.


I've already seen a yard decorated for Christmas, too. Sickening. No one ever used to do that until after Thanksgiving...
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