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Old October 31st, 2009, 21:41   #31
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drop in numbers this year

The kids are all gone now for the season, has anyone else noticed a huge drop in numbers when it comes to the monkeys at the door? (trick or treaters)
Last year I had 120 kids at the door, this year maybe 25.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 21:55   #32
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Its still early here but we have not had many children at all so far.
I think we are still under double digits.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 22:06   #33
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Yeah I took my brother out and got some candy for myself while I was at it.

But did not see as many kids as we did last year.

Had fun and scored free candy though hehe.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 22:31   #34
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I hypothesize it to be related to the changing demographics. The country is ageing, some areas disproportionately to others. A lot of the city areas appear to be older whereas in suburban areas there are a lot more new and younger families as that's where there is affordable living/housing.

Also since people in Canada and first world countries aren't having as many kids (Canada's TFR is only 1.6 children compared to 2.5 needed for a "stable" population) that might be affecting things as well.

Long story short you'll have a lot more candy after Halloween in the upcoming years especially so if you live in "older" neighbourhoods with a large amount of retired/seniors.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 22:46   #35
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I hypothesize it to be related to the changing demographics. The country is ageing, some areas disproportionately to others. A lot of the city areas appear to be older whereas in suburban areas there are a lot more new and younger families as that's where there is affordable living/housing.

Also since people in Canada and first world countries aren't having as many kids (Canada's TFR is only 1.6 children compared to 2.5 needed for a "stable" population) that might be affecting things as well.

Long story short you'll have a lot more candy after Halloween in the upcoming years especially so if you live in "older" neighbourhoods with a large amount of retired/seniors.
My street last year had over 100 kids at the door this year 39, It seems more than just demographics unless 70 people got real old fast....
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Old October 31st, 2009, 23:16   #36
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Old November 1st, 2009, 02:02   #37
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It could be H1N1 fears. With what happened recently, I wouldn't be surprised if parents would want to keep children indoors until it all blows over.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 02:05   #38
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It could be H1N1 fears. With what happened recently, I wouldn't be surprised if parents would want to keep children indoors until it all blows over.
I had customers that came to my store and said their neighbors wouldn't let their kids out even if they cried because of the flu and begged me to give him candy for their kids XD, I had about 14 kids this year at my work.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 12:28   #39
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I remember going out for halloween when i was alot younger and the streets were filled. This year we did get alot of kids but nothing like before. I think our count was over 100.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 12:32   #40
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Making me start to think we're going to turn into zombie like with the H1N1 virus.
Starting to think 2012 is really going to happen with people going crazy trying to get the vaccine.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 13:25   #41
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Hundreds of kids in my neighbourhood. But hey Kids or their parents just are not as stoked about collecting candy as generations gone by. Its one of the casualties of "better" entertainment for kids. Stick and ball meant hours of fun for the whole neighbourhood before. Pales against a WII.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 17:40   #42
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It could be H1N1 fears. With what happened recently, I wouldn't be surprised if parents would want to keep children indoors until it all blows over.
This.

It was even on CHCH news with parents being paranoid about everything.

They interviewed some teenage kids about it and the one actually said "Stop being a bunch of paranoid babies. Oh well, more candy for us!"
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Old November 1st, 2009, 18:02   #43
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Everyone loved my cardboard ak, i put about a hour worth of work into it and got comments on it all night at the bar.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 22:57   #44
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Everyone loved my cardboard ak, i put about a hour worth of work into it and got comments on it all night at the bar.
I geared up too, no guns, just a banana in my safariland. Got lots of comments, even from cops that there watching over the place.

Also ran into a few more airsofters which was kinda cool, especially since I wasn't in Ottawa, I was in Belleville, and didn't even know there were any airsofters in that town.

I feel kinda stupid 'cause I was completely shitfaced and I told a cop he had a damn good costume, and then I looked at him and said "Oh shit, you're real, sorry"
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