Has the number of "trick or treaters" in your neighborhood gone up, down, or stayed the same?
Sales from Halloween decor and costumes seems to be at an all time high, but safety issues have sent the kids to shopping areas and gated communities instead of average neighborhoods. What's your experience?
Without question, it's gone down. When I first moved into my current neighborhood in 2007 (just before Halloween), we had around 80-100 kids come by w/families. It has steadily declined since. There was a small spike two years ago when it was a Saturday, but still below norms. I think parties and group activities at public sites have become the norm. That's probably good.
It was a good way to meet other families, so I will miss it somewhat. But times change. Probably this is for the better.
My neighborhood has basically done away with traditional trick or treating. They've set up a thing in the park where all the kids go around the track there and get their candy.
They have dwindled to almost nothing. But, my girlfriend and I set up in front of the open garage and have it as Halloweenish as we can and give out the big candy bars. It is fun for us, especially to see the little one's faces and costumes. We are in our late 60s so and our grandkids aren't even little anymore. We get as much out of it as we can.
For younger children, declined because parents take them to fall festivals and "trunk or treat" events out of safety concerns.
It has been offset in the rise of teenaged trick or treaters. I've had to say too many times that if you're old enough to drive, you're old enough to buy your own candy. I've even had 20 somethings show up for candy, and they were surprised I asked where the child was.
We always take our kids to Barefoot Landing, a series of stores and restaurants. Children never trick or treat in our neighborhood.
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