My favorite holiday is slowly dying in favor of walking downtown and collecting from businesses.
Nearly every house on my block was lit up and decorated for Halloween when I moved in fifteen years ago. There was a steady stream of trick-or-treaters from an hour before sundown until nine o’clock. Every year since then fewer houses have been accepting decorating, and to matters worse, every year we also see fewer trick-or-treaters. This year we had a grand total of five groups of trick-or-treaters approach our door. Probably no more than twelve total children.
I know kids didn’t stop liking candy. So, where did they all go? They went to the many Trunk or Treat events all over the city. Churches and other community groups set up these events in their parking lots and draw in all of the neighborhood children, leaving the families with Halloween spirit with full buckets of candy in their entryway. I, myself, had three gallons of candy left over this year.
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