I've noticed this happening over the last few years and I'm wondering it's happening everywhere else as well. There has been a steady decline of kids/trick-or-treaters every year since I was a kid. I'm 24 now, and when I was a kid there would be TONS of other kids out on Halloween. From the time school let out onward, all night, the streets were absolutely packed with kids of all ages running around getting candy, creating mischief, and just having fun. As soon as we got home from school, it's prep-time. Get the costumes ready, meet up with your friends, and hit the streets. It was an all-day production and it kicked ass. When we finally got home, it was scary movies and candy all night until the sugar-coma set in. Last Halloween, I didn't get ONE SINGLE trick-or-treater all night. The year before was the same. The year before that, maybe one or two. Why is this happening? Are parents becoming more protective/over-protective? Is that a reflection of how bad society is becoming? I can understand this if it's a bad/dangerous neighborhood or a big city. But I live on Long Island, about 30 minutes from the NYC, in a pretty quiet suburb. It doesn't make any sense to me. When I was younger, this was the all-time greatest night of the year. I look around on Halloween night nowadays, and the streets are deserted. Nothing's happening anywhere except for house parties and costume contests at bars. It's like the spirit of the holiday is still there, but it's not even close to what it used to be and the kids don't even seem to be aware of it. Why is Halloween dying? Oh yeah, and Happy Halloween TalkBass. Keep the spirit alive, let your kids have some fun tonight.