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Why can't grown-ups go trick-or-treating, too?

October 22, 2016, 11:22 AM · How much did you love to go trick-or-treating when you were a kid? How much would you want to be able to go do that again, today?

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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October 22, 2016 at 12:27 PM · I went trick or treating at Seaworld...we had a good time
October 22, 2016 at 3:06 PM · Nothing is free. Adults who want gifts have Christmas to console themselves.
October 22, 2016 at 3:52 PM · If everyone goes trick or treating no one will be home to pass out the candy.
October 22, 2016 at 6:46 PM · I didn't even have to read your article, Robert (though I will do so out of common courtesy). I really wish I didn't have to ask my sister's friends if I can take their little siblings trick-or-treating just so that it wouldn't seem awkward that an 18-year-old male is still dressing up in costume and going around to his neighbors asking for candy.
October 22, 2016 at 9:02 PM · The "no one home to hand out candy" problem has a simple solution, which I suggested in my column - two nights of Halloween! One for odd addresses and the other for even.
October 22, 2016 at 9:28 PM · I think of Halloween really as more of an adult festival and the 'trick or treat' bit as something for parents with kids to do. Even though historically adults and well as kids participated in some sort of variation of it in Europe. Today we've lost the original meaning and thanks, in part to the candy and consume manufactures, it's become associated only with kids. So if you are old enough to be out without a chaperone then you should stop the candy blackmailing and just go to the party. But by all means continue to dress up.
October 23, 2016 at 8:18 PM · I just turned 22 and I went trick or treating last year and plan on going this year. People may give the 6'10 guy in a too small Optimus Prime Costume weird looks, but it's free candy
October 24, 2016 at 11:19 AM · We moved into our first home in Winter Park, FL a few weeks before Halloween in 2006. In an effort to meet the neighbors, we pulled the lawn furniture and the gas grill into the driveway and made s'mores for all the trick-or-treaters and their adult chaperons. It became an annual tradition and grew into a kick off party for the immediate neighbors that included hot-dogs and adult beverages. We were not able to do it every year, but we held our s'mores trick-or-treat driveway party most Halloweens.
Now, we have just moved into our new house in San Diego, again in the weeks before Halloween. I'll be shopping for Hershey bars, Graham crackers and Marshmallows this week in anticipation of starting this tradition in a new neighborhood. I can't wait!
October 24, 2016 at 5:10 PM · Best Idea ever!

Best Part is to run Halloween 2 nights – one for the even-numbered addresses and the next for the odd ones.

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October 27, 2016 at 6:08 PM · We get lots of teens in our area and always have. So I won't tell you where it is lol! OK, it IS in SoCal.
I really can't think of anything more boring than going around the same neighborhood two weeks in a row. Sorry, I can't like it (as my daughter would have put it when she was young).

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