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Trick or Treat

So Halloween is upon us and one thing that grinds my gears is the lack of participation in halloween.

It’s for the kids. Also the lazier people who go to the mall for trick or treating. I understand if you have small children 4 and under. But 5 and over should be working for the halloween treats (Trick or Treat).

Man I wish we were able to give our kids the kind of Halloween we had as kids.

Where you had pillowcases full, full streets lit up, Spooky decorations, and was a fantastic evening for all.

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  1. Come to my house! All decorated and giving full sized bars. I’m in Newcastle

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  2. Why are people saying Halloween is for kids? It’s for everyone! And yes back years ago more people gave out candy.. and costumes were never store bought..

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  3. I agree. Five kids so far. Normally I can get between 75 and 90 so I’m hoping for more!

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  4. Mine just left now…looking more like the michelin tire guy then a japanese ghost but eh…its canadian halloween. They also took an umbrella..lol

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  5. Tracy Ache Tracy Ache says:

    Absolutely!! Plus the mall gives out very little! We pass out handfuls lol

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  6. We usually get 100 kids.

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  7. I agree kids need to run and have fun

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  8. Dammit I’ve been giving candy away for free all night and I haven’t made a single kid work for it! I’m doing this wrong…

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  9. When I was a kid we used to get 300+ kids. We’ve had our light on since 530 and only 7 kids. It’s so sad and disappointing. Only about a quarter of the lights are turned on in the whole neighborhood.

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    • I know in our area all parents drive their kids to more popular neighbourhoods, so no one bothers giving candy out. My poor kids got candy at only 2 houses on our entire street.

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    • I don’t understand why they do that. Get to know your neighbours! I had a kid about 17/18 come to the house say trick or treat and gave him a big handful of candy! I’d rather have the kids come to the house than out causing shit. It disappoints kids when they go out and nobody has their lights on.

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  10. Yep have had 5 so far

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  11. Well we have had almost 20 kids an all left with 2 bags of chips and about 10 mini bars each… hopefully we have more as we are well stocked

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  12. I took my son to the mall till he was 3 then we did the neighborhood. He just decided last year and today that 10 minutes is all he

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  13. Alicia Toore Alicia Toore says:

    We spent 60 bucks on candy and my husband worked for 2 hours on our yard and no one as of yet. Next time we’re just spending more time with our own kids for trick or treating. It’s not worth it anymore.

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  14. We are in a culdesac and everyone around has there lights off so I think we are just getting surpassed. It’s sad really.

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  15. We want to the mall and around the block and mine is 5. I really noticed alot of people not participating.

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  16. I’ve only had 2 kids so far 🙁

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  17. I think it depends on the area too. Newer areas, younger kids. We’re getting kids now that more homes are around us. Griesbach people get like 150-200 kids.

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  18. You ppl need to lemme know where you are. Lol. The neighborhood im in.. literally no one is giving candy. Im the only one on my block. Need to know where to take my lil one lol

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  19. There’s a huge lack in streets being lit up. I would be discouraged as a child. Every 6th or 7th house is lit up on most blocks. Halloween just isn’t the same as it was when we were kids at all!

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  20. Well sad how times have changed for Halloween now if there was an app for this children would be all over it

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  21. Fully decorated our place bought tons of candy and so far since 6 had maybe 5 kids 🙁 little disappointing

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  22. Come to Carlton, our block rocks, packed for 70, almost all gone

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  23. Half the kids at my house tonight aren’t even wearing a costume. This is why I don’t give a shit anymore about Halloween

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  24. My coworker and I just had this discussion today. Growing up in the 80s in Toronto, I couldn’t imagine trick or treating in a mall! We trick or treated until 10 or until we had 2 pillow cases full; collected money for UNICEF and hit as many houses as we could. Times have sure changed.

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  25. Tara Boucher Tara Boucher says:

    I agree
    Too many Halloween scrooges

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  26. I’ve had a few of those too . I had one person wearing a balaclava . Scared the shit out of me .

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  27. I don’t mind giving teenagers candy (or adults), but they have to dress up!

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  28. Oh I give everyone candy I won’t turn them away. It just sucks

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  29. Yeah I do as well better than them wandering the streets looking for trouble and these days a 12 yr old can look 20 so you never know…I used to refuse to give to teens until someone said would you rather they be out drinking or worse? Changed my mind quickly lol

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  30. If anyone is willing to go door to door, costume or not, they deserve a candy! Lol

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  31. Kath Oltsher Kath Oltsher says:

    “Should be working for their treats” bahahaha

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  32. Agreed! We have had one trick or treater and bought a tone of candy, small toys etc.

    We decorated outside with some pumpkins, spider webs and banners. We also have our inside decorated and all our lights on.

    I’m going to be sitting on a ton of candy, this is so disappointing

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  33. There is one down the block from me and it was amazing!

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  34. Wow, really? We had a great experience with our littles tonight in our west end neighbourhood. I’d say about 75% of our neighbours were great. So much fun, got to say hi before winter hits and we’re all hermits. Not all were decorated, but lots of lights on. We’re in a 25-30 yr old area

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  35. Jules Maria Jules Maria says:

    Our older neighbour hood, we went around the loop and the kid had a bag full, took us an hour. We’ve had 60 kids at our house so far.

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  36. Now ive had about 30

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  37. Zee Quinney Zee Quinney says:

    I use to trick or treat there as kid was always a lot of fun house after house block after block didn’t have to go far to fill a pillow case

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  38. You have to consider that a lot of people don’t have the money to buy treats anymore. 60 is spent better feeding their families. Does not make them scrooges, just frugal with their budgets

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  39. Candice Thew Candice Thew says:

    There’s only one house on my street with the lights turned off and it’s because they’re on vacation. I’ve found St. Albert really embraces outdoor Halloween more than the city does

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  40. Lexci Krahn Lexci Krahn says:

    WORKING for halloween treats??
    It’s freezing outside, there is snow on the ground and it’s been plopping down sleet all day.

    I’m not handing out candies at my house so yeah – Go to the mall! Perfect!

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    • It’s not freezing out (eye rollls). My 6 year old kid just walked for three hours with my sister with no complaints about the cold.

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    • Lexci Krahn Lexci Krahn says:

      Cristene No one said you couldn’t!
      No one HAS to participate in halloween.
      Close your doors, turn your lights out, or hand out candy and enjoy the event.

      Hunching over your facebook machine to have a winge about kids not dancing like monkeys for you to hand out candy to them and being choked they’re going to the mall is ridiculous.

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  41. Agree. I was telling me daughter about my Halloween

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  42. Lina Kozoway Lina Kozoway says:

    I moved to Hartford and the amount of people that have participated here is crazy…parents dressed up, there’s people out on their patios with bon fires, and some had coffee, hot cocoa and apple cider spiked for the adults, so many kids dressed up and out on the streets. I remember growing up in Edmonton where it was similar to that, but this is something that I’ve never experienced and am glad that I have the chance to now

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  43. Rick Benford Rick Benford says:

    We are in the Capilano area, hardly no shows and my kids were out for 2 hours to get one bag. Would be better to just buy the kids the candy and stay home to watch scary movies while pigging out. It’s a shame really!

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  44. People are lazy. Not once do the neighbors beside us give out anything. The past four years weve been here. But you can certainlysee them watching tv. A box of chips doesn’t cost much. They’re just too lazy to get up and answer the damn door.

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  45. Over in Avonmore and we only had 12 kids.. amount going down each year.. i miss not seeing the kids

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  46. Joy Fidler Joy Fidler says:

    I would have come!!!!!

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  47. My daughter is only 15 months old but next year we are soooooooooooooo hitting the houses.

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  48. Joy Fidler Joy Fidler says:

    126 street for like seven blocks is a epic iconic Halloween event for trick or treating. Tones of kids and parents trick or treating!! I went there. Didn’t even hand anything out

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  49. Joy Fidler maybe Tammy Stinson does not have good candy. I am now eating my popcorn twists and playing with the play doh. Lol

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  50. Joy Fidler Joy Fidler says:

    Tarzansgirl Jungle bwhahahaahh

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  51. I am in Abbottsfield and we had about 90 kids. This is one of our best years for kids and we have been here for 8 years.( I make up bags of a mix of chocolate, candy and suckers) Husband took our 5 yr old out and he said not very many places handing out candy. In the houses by our place he said there were whole blocks completely dark. Plus i only had 2 kids with no costumes. It has sure changed from when we were kids.

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  52. Our neighborhood had that, kids laughing and screaming, bigs and littles alike. One of my neighbours had a LINE at his house. The Halloween spirit was strong in our street, over 300 kids!!

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  53. Brandon Hogg Brandon Hogg says:

    speaking for myself, as a single father, i would love to stay home, and partake in the handing out of candy. but spending that quality time with my son tonight was well worth it.

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  54. John Massey John Massey says:

    Gave out a ton of candy. Handfuls to anyone who will brave this weather. Had a bunch of families take pictures in front of our house with all our decorations. Some people commented that “our street did it right this year”. Gotta make it special for the kids.

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  55. couldn’t agree more

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  56. Go to summer side they will sometimes even stand outside handing out candy and decorations everywhere .. the only con is it’s packed ! But go earlier… next year

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  57. Last year I bought a box of these and the expiry date was before Halloween. I luckily noticed and returned them. It’s possible that’s what happened…I only found the expiry date by accident while opening the box

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  58. Ajon Hadi Ajon Hadi says:

    Its a year old and they covered it with a sharpie

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  59. We went to Drayton Valley this year (as we live quite close) and while we didn’t get pillowcases full (the wind forced us into cutting it short) the boys had loads of fun! The houses were great, most decorated to the max…. some even with gigantic pumpkins! (At least ones bigger than I had ever seen)

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  60. Odie Bates Odie Bates says:

    I’ll bring my kids by hahaha! I’m sorting through their candy now lol

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  61. Angela Reum Angela Reum says:

    When I was child living in a small town no matter cold or not my mom would made my costume or 2 sizes big to fit over a snow suit. Now Halloween is different I watched over the years.
    People are getting misleading information so they avoid going door to door cuz of Socail media and drugs look candy. I don’t think it’s lazy it’s paranoid.
    They think mall is safer, and you get more then candy.

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  62. Omfg. Good thing we have the fucking Halloween police…..

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  63. We didn’t participate this year for the first time ever. My husband has to be up at 2 am to go to work. Work involves driving a big truck hauling a dangerous substance. When little and big feet are clomping up the stairs and the doorbell is going off or the loud knocks are happening, my husband can’t sleep. When he is tired on the job it increases the chances of an accident…which would not only affect him and the company he works for, but other innocent drivers on the road as well as the environment. We made the responsible choice, which is our choice to make. I hope everyone had a safe, fun-filled night.

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  64. I agree 100% I took my girl out,our first time in the city and I expected more!

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  65. Tamara Le Tamara Le says:

    Whats with all the damn Christmas decorations up and on????

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  66. I think you have way too much time on your hands to post this. I gave out candy allnight with my littles and made home made pizzas with them and gave them halloween cupcakes and we had a blast. Geez, I guess im a horrible parent for depriving my kids of a traditional halloween

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  67. Crystal Moen Crystal Moen says:

    We took our little ones out and seen like no other kids other than the ones we were with, probably didn’t help in like three blocks maybe three houses had lights on 🙁 I wish Halloween was like back when I was a kid

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  68. Aly Kaba Aly Kaba says:

    I agree!! It was so much fun 20 years ago when I went trick or treating as a teen!! Most houses were decorated, some people made us sing to get a treat, they probably regretted it, we were terrible singers, but to have a pillowcase full of candy chocolates, chips, pop was so fun!! And just being out there going door to door, most halloweens there was snow already. Malls just arent the same for trick or treating!

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  69. Liz Frank Liz Frank says:

    We only had about 6 groups of kids. Maybe 18 total. But I don’t think many other houses other than myself and my neighbor were giving out candy.

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  70. Well we tried but there was so many houses blacked out and not giving out candy it was just sad.

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  71. Agreed! We are out east for this year, and man!!! It was exactly like what you are talking about OP. My kids pillowcases were filled to the top and maybe a handful of houses didn’t “play halloween” as my daughter puts it lol. Never have my kids got to enjoy the season quite like this out here. Makes me wonder what is going on in the cities out west, my home town Edmonton. Didn’t miss out that’s for sure.

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  72. I had 120 kids come to our door in my decorated neighbourhood. Not all kids go to the mall. Mine always went door to door.

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  73. I had to go to southgate and I was blown away at how many were getting candy there!!

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  74. Randy Goth Randy Goth says:

    Back in my day, we had to walk 70 miles uphill to go trick or treating and then 80 miles up another hill to get back home….

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  75. I agree too….I can remember hearing children yelling all over the neighborhood and groups of kids everywhere…pumpkins on every doorstep. So much fun!!…We had 2 kids last night, even though there are many in the neighborhood. So disappointing

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  76. Let’s make Halloween great again. And next year let’s all go crazy with our decorations and have one parent home to hand out candy while the other hands candy out. You can always switch when it’s time to warm up.
    I have so many plans for Halloween next year….. yayyyy!

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  77. Rideau Lynn Rideau Lynn says:

    We were out and had so much fun!

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  78. Holly Foisy Holly Foisy says:

    I didn’t participate this year because my cat hasn’t been feeling well and is only starting to feel better she’s a senior so the stress of ringing door bells (scary apparently) and knocking on the door (equally scary) wasn’t worth it. Not that there were many kids at all anyways. My area is pretty much dead in regards to trick or treating, maybe 5-10 kids max was all I heard all night. But hey the good thing is halloween treats are now on sale so you can go stock up that pillow. Less and less people are doing halloween yes it’s very true.

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  79. Brandon Hogg Brandon Hogg says:

    call 811 and report it

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  80. Brandon Hogg Brandon Hogg says:

    that is, if you bought them

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