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MTYT: Trick or treating just isn't the same

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By Gary McNair - bio|email

I want to know - where have all the "trick or treaters" gone?  Judging by all the extra candy here at the station, they're either on a big diet or they just aren't going door to door anymore.

I've heard that a few neighborhoods were busy, but I don't think "trick or treat" is what it used to be.

In the past few years, a lot of churches and neighborhoods have turned to "trunk or treat," which I think is a great idea.  Those are more controlled, safer and some groups are very creative with other activities they offer for the children.

But here's another thing that might be keeping the numbers down.  This year, the city of Wilmington and New Hanover County never actually set a day and time for "trick or treat."  We had to drag it out of them after we got tons of calls in the newsroom.  Same with other counties, and some municipalities even told us they were leaving it up to their neighborhoods.  Really?  Don't you think that is a little confusing? 

Stop with the tricks.  Pick a date.  Stick with it.  Publicize it.  Then we'll all enjoy the treats of Halloween – which for me is seeing the kids and costumes on my front porch.  And as a side benefit, maybe there will be a little less junk food in our TV station next year.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at yourturn@wect.com.


Emailed comments from viewers:

EXCELLENT!!  I think your observation was right on the money.  Pick a day and set the time... and dont forget the age limit and stick with it.  I personally would prefer they do not set it on Sunday... but I also realize that because others share a different religion, Halloween is for some the most sacred day of their year.
We had some kids that were clearly over 16 walking around with pillow cases collecting candy.  I think that is a bit old.

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There shouldn't be any need for announcements of trick or treat times. Whatever happened to trick or treating on Halloween? The anticipation of waiting for the sun to start to go down on October 31st so you can hit the streets and see all the costumes and collect your treats is no different to kids than waiting for Christmas morning. We don't celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter or any other holiday on a more convenient day and time, why should we do that with Halloween?

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I couldn't agree more with your comments regarding Halloween. My suggestion is that in the future Halloween should be observed on the last Saturday in October. No more trick or treating on school nights and certainly a greater opportunity for parents to participate WITH their children.

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I heard your commentary about the confusion this year as to the "official" date of Halloween and totally agree with everything you said. Actually, several of my friends and I discussed the very same issues you brought up. 

Someone suggested that Halloween be celebrated the last Friday or Saturday night of October and that way it would stop all the confusion and I agree, as well.

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C'mon, have we really come to the point where we now want to depend on Gov't to set Halloween trick or treating dates?  Isn't that just a bit too Gov't in our lives?  Halloween is, and always has been Oct 31.  Most people we know already know the date and plan accordingly.  The ridiculous stories in the news was actually the cause of confusion for many. Gov't is intruding on our lives too much already. Can't we at least leave it and the "news" out of Halloween?

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How stupid to pick a date, isn't 0ct 31th Halloween . Next you'll want to pick a date for  pick a date for Christmas.

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For my whole life, Halloween has always been October 31! No matter the day of the week, rain, hot, or cold we trick or treated on Halloween night at sunset. All of a sudden this year no one seemed to know what day or what time to go out. To see the county governments, TV and radio stations, and newspaper question and change an established holiday does not make any sense to me. By the way, our Monkey Junction neighborhood had a steady stream of nearly 200 candy hungry kids between 5:30 and 8:00. I'm glad to see that at least my area of town still has the spirit.

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Halloween is on October 31.  No need for any local government to say anything about it, like they do up North.  If it falls on a school night, so much the better – that holds down vandalism, obesity, & absenteeism/tardiness the next day.  

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I believe your comment about the local governments not setting a time for trick or treat is one of our biggest problems. Everyone wants the government to tell them what to do. Halloween is on Oct. 31,  not on any other day. That is when we should go trick or treating

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Actually we were wiped out of candy it was like a kid overlowed they were everywhere I even had about 10 groups come to where we work.

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Why do you need someone to tell you when Halloween begins? Everyone in my area understood what day it was and all seemed to start around the same time. I guess there are still some of us who can think for themselves and don't need our elected officials telling us what to do. Maybe you should listen more to common sense and stop whining so much about how things used be.

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Thank you so much for addressing this, My kids were so disappointed beause we could never get a clear answer when trick or treat was.  We attempted to go on Saturday in Pender County since Burgaw was having trunk a treat....Hardly any lights on at all.  We called everywhere trying to get someone just to tell us a date and all we got was its up to the individual neighborhoods, That is just ridiculous and if the counties are suppose to be making sure the sex offenders are in during trick or treat hours doesnt it make sense to know What day exactly that will be??

We had no trick or treaters and I do belive its because it was just to confusing!

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