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Old 10-13-2015, 06:11 PM
Location: PVB
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When I was a kid in the 50's my friends and I went out without any parents and hauled in enough candy to feed an army. We went everywhere especially the big fancy houses with the long sidewalks who gave us those giant Hershey candy bars that weighed about a pound. None of those puny mini things they have today. We collected pennies for UNICEF which we took back to school and did some good for the starving children of the world while we gorged ourselves on candy. Almost every house was giving out candy or boring apples. A few decades later I took my nieces and nephews and still got a nice haul as we stuck to the streets where the houses were closer to the road for maximum candy begging. Now its boring walking around the safe mall or other boring lame excuses for Halloween. I miss the pre PC days where it was fun to be a kid without being glued to a computer, tablet or smartphone. We actually played outside and ran around and got exercise and walked miles on Halloween. And to this day it was not me who tossed that pumpkin through someone picture window (it really wasn't)
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Old 10-13-2015, 06:37 PM
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Last year, my parents in an 80s-era suburban neighborhood in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis got exactly zero trick-or-treaters. None. All the kids in the neighborhood have long left the nest.
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Old 10-13-2015, 08:25 PM
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I don't think so, although I have gotten lazy about leaving out candy. Just leave out a bucket and turn the lights off.
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Old 10-19-2015, 02:02 PM
Location: Fishers, IN
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It's been low at our house the last couple years but it's been other factors causing it. Last year it was very cold, windy, and even raining/snowing on Halloween night. We only managed to stay out for a handful of houses and our kids had had enough. The year before the strong threat of severe thunderstorms forced the city on Halloween morning to move trick or treat to the following night, Nov 1, which was a Friday with a big high school football playoff game. A lot of people were out at that and others just had other plans because it was a Friday and not Halloween. So that caused not as many people to be out as well. I imagine this year will be closer to normal given how warm and dry we've been so far this month and Halloween being a Saturday.
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Old 10-19-2015, 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Thundarr457 View Post
We went everywhere especially the big fancy houses with the long sidewalks who gave us those giant Hershey candy bars that weighed about a pound.
One of the McMansions near us actually did for a couple of years hand out king-size Hershey bars. There were so few kids who trekked down that street the first year that they gave my daughter three of them and insisted I take one too.
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Old 10-19-2015, 05:58 PM
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Originally Posted by FoodPornHater87 View Post
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.
Sing this to "Video Killed the Radio Star" ...

Helicopter killed the trick or treat walk ...

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Old 10-31-2015, 05:28 PM
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When I was a little girl growing up in the 70's and early 80's, trick-or-treating door-to-door was all the rage, in fact one of the teachers that I know got 60 kids! These days, parents take their children trick-or-treating at malls and downtown merchants instead of door-to-door.
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Old 10-31-2015, 07:30 PM
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Not in my area. I wish it was dying, one of the most annoying holidays around. Kids yelling and screaming in my neighborhood until 10:00 PM at night, some without supervision. Ugh!
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Old 10-31-2015, 09:15 PM
Location: Wonderland
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Whew, just got done with the whole thing and a great time was had by all! Four grandkids, my daughter, her husband, my parents...what a ruckus!

We live in the neighborhood in town where everyone comes to trick or treat, and I LOVE it. We ran out of candy this year just as the last few trick or treaters were wandering off down the street. I think we had to have had at least 200 kids come through because I had 400 pieces of candy and I know I didn't give them all 2 pieces - when I realized the crowd was huge, I scaled back to one piece per kid. Whew!

My favorite part is walking around with my grandkids and my daughter. This year I was a Musketeer/Cavalier sort of person (I found a really cool Renaissance looking black and gold beaked mask so I went all out!). My daughter was Charlie Chaplin. My grandkids were: A pink pony, a pirate wench, a lobster, and a garden gnome!

I love Halloween - it's right up there with Christmas and Thanksgiving for me!

Oh, and our porch looked awesome - we had lanterns lit, big spiders hanging everywhere, pumpkins stacked around, and Halloween music playing. Good times, good times. Our neighborhood always goes all out.
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Old 11-01-2015, 11:27 AM
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I had all of six kids (two separate 3 kid groups) show up at my house in MA on Halloween. I will be eating candy for some time. It seems there are less kids each year. I live in a suburban town of nearly 30,000 but my neighborhood is far from the center. There are no sidewalks on my street, it is narrow, not well lit, and has some big lots (minimum 20,000sf but several homes have multiple acres) with some houses not in close proximity. There are several cul de sacs off it with new colonials but the kids don't seem to frequent my street. It is just not conducive for children trick or treating.
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