The tradition of trick-or-treating on Hallowe’en has slowly dwindled in popularity. Even years ago, Voice writers were expressing concerns about treats at the door.
It’s supposed to be scary, right? Maxie van Roye thinks the door-to-door beggars are getting off too easy and plans to put the spook and scare back into trick-or-treating. “Instead of little boxes of oversugared pellets, I’ll use empty candy boxes for eerie notes advising the recipient, in spidery written-by-a-mummy script, that ‘We are watching you,’ or to ‘Take care—she will enter your bedroom at the midnight hour.'” Bag of Tricks, October 29, 2010.
Way too scary! John Buhler describes the seriousness of peanut allergies and offers suggestions for those handing out treats. “Unfortunately for people with peanut allergies, repeated contact with peanut products leads to increasingly rapid and more violent anaphylactic reactions.” Trick-or-Treats and Peanut Allergies, October 13, 2006.