Reply #12 –
Never give a sucker an even break... WC Fields I believe.
Where there's a market ripe for exploitation, you'll find opportunists and suckers. But there are many layers... as 3 Leos and Principal LODS point out, it's fun for communities and creates connection and joy, that is great. The kids and parents I saw roaming the streets and shops were just bloody happy. I joined in with one young girl pretending to be frightened by her spooky outfit, she played up to it, mum laughed.
But then another part of my brain pops up with concerns about getting hooked on sugar, then I'm wrapped that small businesses get a loot hit selling their sweets and costumes, then I wonder about those who exploit the day for greedy gains... Time to go outside, play with the dog, water the veggie garden and see what's new on Netflix.
A couple in our district tried handing out small gifts, books etc rather than lollies. They were abused and had their house egged. They now hide and pretend to be not at home when the trick or treaters call.