Theme park fans know there's way to keep trick-or-treating every Halloween season, no matter what your age. You just need to buy a ticket to one of Disney's after-hours Halloween parties to do.
And hundreds of thousands of fans do. Disneyland has sold out all of its advance tickets for it XX Mickey's Halloween Party nights this year, despite a big price increase and cutting free parking for party-goers. On the east coast, Walt Disney World also sells out many nights of its Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, adding millions of dollars to the resort's bottom line during what used to be one of the slower seasons of the year.
In my Orange County Register column this week, I write about the enduring appeal of trick-or-treating, and how Disney has turned that into a wildly successful Halloween event for all ages. But why should Disney corner this market?
Most other competing theme parks in Southern California and Orlando are already packing 'em in with their horror-themed Halloween events and aren't about to abandon those sure things to create an all-ages trick-or-treat event to go after Disney's. But why should grown-ups be limited to trick-or-treating in the parks?
Why can't we have all-ages trick-or-treating everywhere? If we're willing to hand out candy to kids in costumes every Oct. 31, why shouldn't our hospitality extend to teens and grown-ups? It's not "cheating" if they're wearing a costume and say "trick or treat!" too. That's all the little kids are doing.
Heck, it's less cheating because the teens and grown-ups are waaaay more likely to have made or bought their own costumes — unlike all those little freeloading kids who depending upon their parents to do all the work. And then wail and complain when the parents who spend all that time and money putting together costumes to their little divas' exacting specifications skim a couple of Reese's cups as a "Mommy and Daddy tax" for their effort.
Wait... I'm ranting again, aren't I? But, parents, you know what I mean. ;^)
Anyway, please go read the column, in which I raise some of the logistical issues standing in the way of all-ages trick-or-treating and then meet back here, where we will put this radical concept up for a vote.
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