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  •  It aint like the 70's anymore (0+ / 0-)

    I also grew up in the 70's where Halloween was an absolute sugar fest.  Bands and bands of kids, NO PARENTS, roaming around for blocks and blocks here on suburban Long Island (Nassau County South Shore) filling our pillowcases with treats.  Not so anymore.  Elementary schools host Halloween parties for the kids during school where they get their trick or treating done.  Parents here just will not let their kids out going door to door unless the parents outnumber the kids in a group.  Someone up above said it best, strangers used to be people who lived blocks away, now they are your next door neighbors.

    My mom still lives in the house I grew up in.  She is always giving me left over candy from Halloween.  Fewer and fewer kids each year, with teeners coming late after dark making up most of the takers.  I don't think I trick or treated after 12, but she tells me she gets 14-16 yr. olds showing up at 7:30-8:00 with pretty much no costumes looking for candy.  And in an aside, no kids play outside on the block where I grew up anymore.  No bike riding, no hide-n-seek, no throwing a ball around, no nothing.  The kids are inside all day.  It really makes me sad.

    •  Our downtown businesses host Trick-or Treating (0+ / 0-)

      So all the little kids show up downtown during dusk. We hand out Fair Trade chocolate and give the parents cider.

      If you can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people. --Tony Benn

      by rhetoricus on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 05:39:34 PM PDT

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    •  I was a kid in the 50s and 60s (0+ / 0-)

      We would head out by ourselves on Halloween and be gone for a couple of hours. Our parents had no worries about us. Heck, on non-Halloween days we'd disappear for hours, on bikes or on foot, and as long as we were back by supper there was no concern. It was a different world.

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