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Old 10-14-2009, 05:48 AM
 
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On moving to the Harrisburg area in PA, I was surprised to learn that many communities declare the official night for "trick or treating" to be on a night other than Oct 31.

I don't quite understand the rationale for this, but it seems most communities in this area have settled on the Thursday before Halloween. News article for example: When is trick-or-treat night? | Breaking Midstate News with The Patriot-News - - PennLive.com

Is this common across the country now, or just in this part of PA? I tried searching the forums and found mention of it in NC as well.
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Old 10-14-2009, 11:57 AM
 
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Trick or Treat is outright endangered. Gated communities, communities with no sidewalks, etc, all make it more difficult. Add to that the steady increase in the "Helicopter Parent" syndrome and it will be history within a few years in many parts of the country.
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Old 10-14-2009, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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Trick or Treat is outright endangered. Gated communities, communities with no sidewalks, etc, all make it more difficult. Add to that the steady increase in the "Helicopter Parent" syndrome and it will be history within a few years in many parts of the country.
Good riddance to trick or treating. Halloween is a waste of a holiday.
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Old 10-14-2009, 12:14 PM
 
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Trick or Treat is outright endangered. Gated communities, communities with no sidewalks, etc, all make it more difficult. Add to that the steady increase in the "Helicopter Parent" syndrome and it will be history within a few years in many parts of the country.
Sidewalks? I don't think trick or treaters need sidewalks with their parents driving them around from house to house. I've seen this trend become more and more popular over the years.
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Old 10-14-2009, 12:16 PM
 
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Good riddance to trick or treating. Halloween is a waste of a holiday.
It's not a waste for the kids...when asked which holiday is their favorite, Halloween is always a very close runner up to Christmas. The costumes, the candy - how could it not be fun?
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Old 10-14-2009, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Greater PDX
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We have trick night and treat night separately. It makes it a lot easier to get tons of candy while still throwing bricks through windows. Well planned, I say.
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Old 10-14-2009, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Chicago- Lawrence and Kedzie/Maywood
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No sidewalks?
Gated?
Cars??


Please come to Chicago
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Old 10-14-2009, 03:17 PM
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Location: the west side of "paradise"
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I get less and less kids every year. I love Halloween. It's just for kids of all ages - no religion or differences of nationalities or anything else. It's just for FUN!
Unfortunately, I guess because of all the senior citizens and fear of crime in our county, the county put an 8pm curfew to the t or t-ing. I didn't know that for 2 yrs, and mom and I were chatting on the phone, wondering what happened to all the kids, and had so much candy left over. Now, I just give handfuls to each little one who comes. They don't get as much as we used to. We used to have to run home to dump a pillow case full to go out for more!

Oh, and Toxic Toast - how do you declare it a holiday? We don't get off work or get paid more. So what constitutes a holiday?
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Old 10-14-2009, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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Oh, and Toxic Toast - how do you declare it a holiday? We don't get off work or get paid more. So what constitutes a holiday?

Ticky tack posts are the bane of city data's existance

Ok........... Halloween is a waste of candy, costumes, parties, and commemoration.
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Old 10-14-2009, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Dayton, OH/Portland, OR
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Default "Beggar's Night" - BLECH!!!!!!!!!!

They have their own version of Trick-or-Treat here in Dayton, OH called "Beggar's Night" and it's always on a different night than Halloween. No one even utters the word "Halloween" around here. Adults don't celebrate it. It is sooooooo weird. And not very cool in my opinion. Where I am from (Portland, OR), Halloween is celebrated by young and old alike and with fervor - and **ON** Halloween (ie the 31st!!!!!!!!!!!!). Adults do the party thing, kids do the door-to-door thing. Everyone wears a costume. The pagans go nuts. It's a joyous occasion. Halloween is alive and well in Portland. Too bad I'm going to miss it this year.
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