Blorgchiving: Trick-or-treating no more?

“It used to be that children could go out safely on Halloween, dressed up as whatever they wanted, and collect a lot of candy from many people,” but the tradition of trick-or-treating may be a thing of the past … at least according to The Herald 20 years ago.

The Brown Daily Herald, Nov. 1, 1991

In many neighborhoods, the kids will not just wander through each street, as now they are only permitted to go to houses of people they know. All of the candy they receive has to be checked by their parents, most of which may be considered unsafe.

In some communities, including suburbs of New York and Boston, hospitals offer free x-raying of all candy in order to detect razor blades and other metal that might have been put into the candy. Rhode Island Hospital offered this service a few years ago, but it was discontinued because of lack of response and the hospital’s feeling that they were providing a false safety net for the community.

Twenty years later, we seem to be doing pretty well.

The article described all sorts of alternatives that concerned parents were cooking up. Some looked to creating special parties “where candy can be given out under safe conditions,” while others turned to “Malloween,” an event in which the mall becomes the neighborhood and the stores become the candy-giving neighbors.

“The new forms of trick-or-treating may not be as exciting as the traditional canvassing of the entire neighborhood but it does help keep children safe,” the article said. “Children have always been taught not to accept candy from strangers, and now Halloween is no longer the exception to the rule.”

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