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Started Jun-30 by MerlinsDad; 4034 views.

A month ago the overnight low was the high 80s. In another couple of months we should get some frost overnight.

Hard to believe that Halloween is only 61 days from now.

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From: Showtalk 

Aug-30

Yes, it is hard to believe. I bet you don’t get trick or treaters.

If I got trick or treaters I'd be very surprised. But we have had freezing weather on and before Halloween. It even snowed one Halloween here, although not recently.

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From: Showtalk 

Aug-31

We are more citified and we don’t get any anymore. They all go to parties or to the mall.  This year, they won’t go anywhere.

Good old fashioned trick or treating is yet another casualty of the upheavals since the 1960s.

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From: Showtalk 

Aug-31

Slowly but eventually, yes.

I wonder how many of the kids born after 1980 have ever been trick or treating

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From: Showtalk 

Aug-31

Many. It only stopped in the last 5-10 years.

I thought it all stopped about 40 years ago when that one dude put cyanide in some Pixie sticks to collect life insurance on his kid, and got caught. He spent years and years on Death Row and I think they finally executed him on an October 31st.

It was apparently the only actual candy tampering incident that was proven, other than things done by some kids themselves to get their name in the paper, such as a needle in a candy bar. But the whole "stranger danger" thing really took off and trick or treating essentially ground to a screeching halt.

Although I've heard of x-raying candy and such but looking back from a historical standpoint, I think they finally figured out that it was more of a witch hunt than any actual danger uncovered from bad actors.

It quickly turned into just too much hassle, too much fear of something bad happening. It may have been one of the contributing factors of the start of the "Bubble Wrap Generation" that turned into dysfunctional young adults who had been raised to be afraid of their own shadow, who then turned into helicopter parents one they had kids of their own.

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From: Showtalk 

Sep-1

No, parents forgot and children still went out. I thought it was a razor blade in an apple.  As if someone couldn’t see a slit in an apple skin.

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