ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Should Halloween Trick or Treating be Banned

Updated on October 29, 2009

Will trick or treating be banned? 

A small town in Pennsylvania has banned trick or treating this year. Dunkard County has received quite a lot of attention this year for their town-wide ban on the age-old tradition of trick or treating. The town is opting instead for a 4-hour party to be held in the firehouse. 

As a parent, I must admit that I commend their intentions however not their methods.  Now do not get me wrong, I am not one of those alarmist parents who believe the wide spread urban myth about tainted candy. Nor do I belong to a fundamentalist church that spouts hate mongering nonsense about Halloween being “Satan’s Holiday”. No my children spent many a happy Halloween scampering through the neighborhoods of our small town

No my reasons are a little more practical. 

You see I live in the Midwest. South Dakota to be exact, where winter comes early and hard. Many of the trick or treating excursions that I have undertaken in the past 26 years of parenting involve not only cute little costumes and pumpkin shaped buckets with a mandatory flashlight thrown in for safety. It also involves heavy coats, mittens, scarves and occasionally snow boots. Which unless you did some major planning and had a willing little goblin , pretty much defeats the purpose of the cute little costume. Oh there have been years that I have talked the kids into more practical costume choices of scarecrows and hobos,  costume’s that can be adapted and even incorporated over a bulky coat. But I’ll tell you, there is just no way to pull off a fairy princess with a down filled jacket and over boots. 

I have fond memories of little goblins and witches running door to door, bags gripped tightly in their hands and mask muffled yells of “trick or treat”. I have even had the best house on the block award sewed up tightly in the bag with homemade tombstones, ghosts and spooky music, years before you could buy it all on QVC. I also remember years though that children braved all out blizzards and the year there was an accident in front of my house because a full blown storm had turned the roads into a sheet of treacherous ice more adapted to skates than cars full of kids. 


So as much as I hate to admit it and will miss the days, when October 31 heralded packs of pint-sized little candy mongers. I must pipe in with support for what the supervisors of Dunkard Township are suggesting. 

In no way though do I believe that the citywide ban should be a mandatory dictate, but an alternative if you so choose to take advantage of it. I do not believe that bans of this type should become a legal matter. It is one of my fears when town’s take it upon themselves to do something as overboard as to ban trick or treating that we will  see a day when  little ole grandma’s will be ticketed and fined for daring to hand out sweets  on Halloween.  


Do you think Trick or Treating should be banned?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      victoria fartcicle 

      3 years ago

      it is so funny to see little kid in there cute little outfits

    • profile image

      lily600 

      6 years ago

      I love halloween the kids just look sooooo cute! It should mot be banned.

    • profile image

      Angelina F. 

      7 years ago

      Halloween is actually quite fun to me. This is why halloween SHOULDN'T BE ABOLISHED!!!!!!!

      Halloween is something creative and a great experience to do. It is not " JUNK"

      I am Angelina F. and I aprove this message

    • profile image

      Cameron H. 

      7 years ago

      One of the most sound arguments I've read for the past few weeks of researching.

      I'm in college writing a persuasive essay, and this is the only counter-argument I've found that is not nonsense. I applaud you for one, and agree with you for another.

    • profile image

      nickey47 

      8 years ago

      we teach our children not to talk to stangers or accept candy from them then one day everybody makes aceptions

    • profile image

      matthew 

      8 years ago

      halloween is junk it should be banned look at the children THEY ARE WEARING JUNK EVEN NAUGHTYNESS!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)