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Our Opinion: Trick-or-treat custom in NEPA neighborhoods might one day RIP
Last updated: October 17. 2014 4:55PM - 827 Views
Would it be a good idea to …
… put an end to trick-or-treating?
Several communities and schools in the United States have tried, with various levels of success, to ban what was once considered harmless Halloween revelry, citing concerns about safety, cultural and religious differences, and the detrimental effects of excess sweets.
An elementary school in Levittown planned to ax its Halloween costume parade, which had been a decades-long tradition, until public backlash prompted school officials to reconsider, according to a 2012 report by Fox News. Elsewhere, certain cities have long discouraged teenagers from participating by placing age limits on those who can legally travel door-to-door for candy handouts. Those laws are rarely, if ever, enforced, according to an October 2010 Associated Press article.
In Pennsylvania this year, for matters of public safety, one township in the Pocono Mountains temporarily has put the kibosh on trick-or-treating. Officials in Barrett Township cancelled the activity, as well as a Halloween parade, because of the ongoing manhunt in the region for homicide suspect Eric Frein. Youngsters in the area will instead be able to participate in a trunk-or-treat event at a local school, where participants can be more closely supervised.
Trunk or treat, an idea catching on in many places, involves a Halloween party held in a parking lot, where goodies are distributed to children from open car trunks. Games are usually part of the mix, too. Cedar Crest College, in Allentown, will hold a trunk or treat for the community this year as part of a larger fall festival, according to the institution’s website.
Is it time to prohibit children in search of snacks one night a year from roaming the Wyoming Valley’s streets, where they risk injury and potential encounters with malicious strangers? Should the more contained “trunk or treat” become the new norm? Or is the really spooky thing when overprotective, or politically correct, adults pooh-pooh childhood fun?
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