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Old 10-08-2015, 08:27 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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That's usually because their own "hoods" are not safe enough to walk around and knock on doors. It's just kids. Who cares where they come from.
Agreed. When we lived in Denver, in a safe neighborhood, there were all kinds of kids at the door who we knew didn't live there. So what? DH, who loves kids (and this was before we had any) ran out and got more candy.

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Right.

Another big and newish development in this section of the Bible Belt is "Trunk or Treat." These events are very popular and take place in church parking lots. Scary costumes are not allowed. People deck out the beds of their pickup trucks or backs of their vehicles with all sorts of themes and they give out candy. I'm sure they get lots of "traffic" from people who don't attend their churches, but the idea is that the candy sources are safer than completely random strangers, there's no through traffic (no moving vehicles allowed) and there's no "evil" or "Satanic" or scary costumes allowed.

I've never been to one of those and frankly am not particularly interested but a lot of parents do like this venue. It's actually pretty huge around here, with a church on every corner!
Our church did Trunk or Treat for years. Our own kids were teens by the time we joined this church, and expected to help! It was fun. Now the church has a pumpkin patch as a fund-raising activity instead. I kind of miss Trunk or Treat.

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I think early start times play a big role. The "official" Halloween time here runs from 6 to 8. Not only is this a ridiculously short window, it also means you need to be quick getting home from work or you'll miss the start of it, when little kids are going out. And in my experience, kids seldom come after 7:30. I'm only in my mid 30s, and I definitely remember staying out until after 10 trick or treating when I was little.

The only thing I really hate about handing out candy is the people who go out with their baby in a stroller, who is dressed up, and ask for candy. It's friggin obvious to all who is going to be eating the candy.
LOL! I remember the official times back in PA. It's not like that everywhere. However, I would suggest you ask your mom just how late you did stay out. It may not have been as late as you think. Here, with no restraints at all, T or T is usually over by 8 or 8:30 at the latest. We just turn out the light around 8:30. Yeah, the parents of those babies will probably eat the candy but again, so what? They want to take their kid out Trick or Treating. DH did that when our oldest was little. I guess she was about 19 months old the first year, as when she was a baby he was out of town and I didn't go out with her.
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Old 10-08-2015, 09:28 AM
 
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The only thing I really hate about handing out candy is the people who go out with their baby in a stroller, who is dressed up, and ask for candy. It's friggin obvious to all who is going to be eating the candy.
With all the nostalgia and hipster stuff going around I'm surprised adult trick-or-treating hasn't caught on.
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Old 10-08-2015, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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With all the nostalgia and hipster stuff going around I'm surprised adult trick-or-treating hasn't caught on.
Doesn't happen in my hood, but in my co-workers neighborhood they do have an "adult trick or treat" where you are given an alcoholic drink rather than candy when you go to a neighbor's house.
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Old 10-08-2015, 12:15 PM
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Doesn't happen in my hood, but in my co-workers neighborhood they do have an "adult trick or treat" where you are given an alcoholic drink rather than candy when you go to a neighbor's house.
I've heard of that around here, too. Never done it.
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Old 10-08-2015, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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We gave out 1,000 (yes, three zeros!) pieces of candy last year and ran out around 7:30. So no, it's not dying in my neighborhood. But we have tons of grade-school aged kids on every block, plus kids come in from the crappy neighborhoods nearby. We decorate, dress up, and have fun with it
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Old 10-08-2015, 05:32 PM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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Well maybe not dying, but declining in popularity.

The thing that got me thinking about this is the amount of kids I saw out there going door to door mooching candy from strangers, or rather lack thereof last year. Time was, when I was a kid many moons ago, the streets would be filled with kids in costumes going door to door and I was in the thick of it. Especially in the more affluent areas because the "treats were better with jumbo candy bars and cans of pop". And not just for me but for other people I know. A few days after Halloween last year, I talked to one of my friends and asked her how busy they were. They said MAYBE 11, and that was pushing it in an extremely well to do area. I remember us being roommates and we would run through 150 bars without breaking a sweat. And also I remember a husband and wife that had these drums and have 15 kids all to themselves and they'd march up and down the street. But the magic is gone, and I'm wondering where in the Sam Hill it went. The reason I am wondering about this is seeing younger family members having offspring like bunny rabbits and it just weirds me out that something like this is, in my eyes, on a downward spiral.

Or maybe I'm overthinking it. Discuss.
No, you're absolutely right.

I've noticed here even in Oklahoma the kids don't come around like they used to. I believe it's all the stuff they can do at the malls now, amusement parks, along with the many churches (at least in this area) doing a "Trunk or Treat." (I'm a Christian and not a big fan of 'em.)

I think a big part of it is that parents (in many ways rightly so) are so scared to let their kids go out and walk the neighborhood(s) like we used to. There's a general perception, based in fact or fiction I'm not sure, that there is a much higher crime rate now. No more Mayberry.

I loved trick-or-treating. Lot's of fun. Then again that was over four decades ago....so maybe I'm just a little out of touch.
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Old 10-08-2015, 05:42 PM
 
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Not all parents feel great about Halloween. Disgusted teens in costume getting in trouble. Then small children innocently asking for a couple pieces of candy. So much can go wrong.
Many parents are going to organized parties and that's where the kids can celebrate safely.
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Old 10-08-2015, 06:11 PM
 
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I think early start times play a big role. The "official" Halloween time here runs from 6 to 8.
What? The "official" time? You mean someone gets up and announces when kids can start trick-or-treating and when they have to stop? Who says this, and where and when? I've never heard of that.

In every neighborhood I've lived in, trick-or-treat begins when it starts to get dusky (for the very youngest kids) and ends when most people get tired or run out of candy and turn off their lights. I'd say somewhere between 8:30 and 9. It's not necessary for someone to state an official time; it's just the way it is.
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Old 10-08-2015, 06:13 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Twenty years ago when our kids were you we used to get 50-60 trick or treaters at the door. Now that they are grown, and the neighborhood has started to turn over, that's don to maybe 20. It's not due to lack of interest, but because young couples just starting out are buying homes, and when they start having babies it will still be 3-4 years before they are old enough for candy. In the safe, suburban neighborhoods it's still very popular.
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Old 10-08-2015, 09:11 PM
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What? The "official" time? You mean someone gets up and announces when kids can start trick-or-treating and when they have to stop? Who says this, and where and when? I've never heard of that.

In every neighborhood I've lived in, trick-or-treat begins when it starts to get dusky (for the very youngest kids) and ends when most people get tired or run out of candy and turn off their lights. I'd say somewhere between 8:30 and 9. It's not necessary for someone to state an official time; it's just the way it is.
In the Pittsburgh area, where eschaton lives and where I grew up, the various communities set their own trick or treat times, and sometimes their own days, either Oct. 30 or 31. This has not been the case anywhere else I have lived.
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