Trick or Treat?

Halloween, Trick or Treat, Kingston, OntarioTrick or treating has changed a lot in the past couple of decades.  Growing up in the eighties in a suburban part of a fairly large city, it was standard practice to step outside your front door to meet up with a horde of kids from your school to roam the neighbourhood.  Hundreds of kids were out with and without their parents and pretty much every house participated.  The few friends I had who lived in the more rural parts of town usually had to do a short drive to an area where houses weren’t acres apart, but still did generally the same as us city kids.

Trends seem to be changing and leaning towards a less personal Halloween experience.  Cities like Burlington, ON begin trick or treating the weekend before Halloween by opening up their malls and main shopping strip to tiny ghosts and goblins during the daytime.  In other cities, primarily in the United States, trick-or-treat times are assigned to various stores and even neighbourhoods.  When did it get so complicated?

When I was a student at Queen’s, I lived in apartment buildings and didn’t see too many little ones on Halloween.  I’ve been living in a house away from the students for just over four years now and I have to say, my expectations have not been met.  Halloween kind of makes me feel like the kid who got stood up for the prom.  All dressed up with my bowl of candy only to have about 5 kids come to my door.  With plenty of schools and young children living in my neighbourhood, I’ve never understood why more don’t come.  Part of the problem is my neighbours.  When I look out the window on Halloween, I see many, many dark houses.  In order to maximize candy collection, most kids will skip the blocks with only a house or two lit up.  This week, we want to know if you participate in this annual spooky custom.  So we ask:

Will you be participating in Halloween?

  • Yes, I'll be at the door with a bowl of candy. (51%, 47 Votes)
  • Yes, I'll be out with my kids. (29%, 27 Votes)
  • No, I don't really like Halloween. (14%, 13 Votes)
  • No, I have to work or be elsewhere. (6%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 93

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Tell us your Halloween story.  Was your situation growing up the same as mine or did you have a completely different experience?  If you do or do not participate now, drop us a comment below and let us know why.  For those who do plan to participate, here’s a fun video to prepare you for the big loot trade on November 1st.  Happy Halloween!

Thanks to Hanna Horwarth for today’s photo.



  1. Harvey Kirkpatrick October 29, 2012
  2. TedSmitts November 3, 2012
    • Harvey Kirkpatrick November 4, 2012
      • TedSmitts November 4, 2012

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