We don't let our kids participate in it. Our church does a family fun night, and our town does an event called "Treat Street". The treat street event is a big fund raiser for the council of community services. What they do is have tons of candy donated by local businesses and individuals. The kids dress up and go around to booths sponsored by these businesses and get more candy than kid could every hope for by "normal" trick or treating. There is a cost associated with this. The kids must bring canned food donations that are used at the soup kitchen.
As a kid, I loved Halloween. Everyone in our neighborhood passed out candy. We had one of the best places in town to trick or treat and kids from other parts of time. The costumes were cheesy. We had homemade ones or blue light specials from last years K-Mart clearance. Sometimes they even fit.
Call me a hypocrite, it was fun. I liked it.
In Midlothian Virginia there are adults that still remember what it is like to be a kid. By golly, they know what to do about it too!
Branden Witt is four years old. Branden has Chiari I. I had never heard of it before and had to look it up too. The way they try to "fix" this is with brain surgery that involves removing part of the skull. That's way more scary than any Halloween story I could think up.
Branden as we mentioned is four years old and just getting into the Halloween candy begging spirit. Because of when the surgery had to be scheduled, he wasn't going to be able to Trick or Treat this year. Forty of his neighbors found this situation to be utterly unacceptable.
They've got some darn good folks in Midlothian Virginia.