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Does Halloween mean Trick or Treating Anymore? Take our Poll.

As a kid growing up in the Bronx, Halloween was always a special time to me. Visions of overflowing bags of candy, costumes, and the thrill of the unknown made concentrating in school nearly impossible. Yet Halloween in the Bronx also meant large groups of kids actively roaming about in search of mayhem. Candy merely represented an added bonus to the evening. Neighborhoods were transformed into the wild west as evidenced by the sticky aftermath of epic eggs and shaving cream battles. For one crisp Autumn night each year, we were unapologetically wild things. Then seemingly overnight, times changed.

News stories of poisoned candy, harmful objects found in fruit, and gang related violence crept into the American psyche. The message was crystal clear: Halloween had become too dangerous for children. Parents replaced Trick or Treating with chaperoned kids parties. The exhilaration of Halloween night faded into the past like a flame flickering out into darkness.

It made me wonder what the future will hold for Halloween in the United States. Does the tradition of Trick or Treating have a place anymore with modern parents. Take our poll below and feel free to comment about your Halloween memories.

Here’s a fun 1980s Hershey’s Commercial about Halloween:

  • Vicki

    Our town usually has a curfew set and one section has a ban because it is/was a perfect setting for trick or treating (and Tom Foolery) and it became too popular and overrun with other towns coming over. Residents didn’t want to continue to participate so they petitioned to prevent children from coming. Don’t get me started on the peanut free, gluten free, organic, dye free stuff……. We have a community treat station in the town center which has become a great forum for political warfare. Happy Halloween. Nothing like the fun I had avoiding getting egged on the #9 bus in a uniform.

    • cutemonster

      Thanks for commenting Vicki. It wasn’t that long ago that Politicians embraced Halloween as part of the fabric of American life. Classic family movies like “E.T.” featured Halloween in a positive light. Yet over time, the media realized the profit to be made in reporting negative stories. Sadly, it was inevitable Halloween would become a target.

      As far as avoiding being egged. Full raincoats were definitely a smart move. Wish I had thought of it then. 🙂 – Vincent

  • Deborah Wedekind

    When I was young, we never had to worry much about trick or treating. My parents even let us go by ourselves around the neighborhood, once we reached age 7 or 8 years old. Halloween was a really fun holiday and everyone went house to house. Although you did hear about the occasional needle in the Three Musketeers, there really were not many of the concerns we face today as parents. Those days sadly are over. We do still have a community trick or treat at almost every church and also at some of the schools in our area. Kids wear their costumes to school here on Halloween if it falls on a weekday, like this year. One cool thing is that more and more people are decorating their houses for Halloween with the big blow up animals and orange and green lights. Kids really do love going to the decorated houses on the big night. Also they are trick or treating earlier while it’s still daylight…we don’t get that many here at our house, but we keep candy just in case and most activity is done by 8:30pm. When I was young groups of older kids would go door to door as late as 11pm, but you don’t see that anymore at all. Most of the candy is leftover, so I’ve learned to buy candy we like! Most of it gets eaten by my husbands office staff the week after Halloween… http://www.DeDe-Music.com