Hallowe’en on decline

Dear Mr. Behan,
There has been so much talk about how wonderful the “Scott Street Scare” is that I believe many have forgotten to look at what is being lost.
When I was a child, the streets were full of children running from door to door, yelling “trick or treat!” at the top of their lungs. Adults were in the doorways, eagerly looking forward to seeing the children in their costumes, exclaiming about how cute or scary each one was.
The year I was 13, my mother counted that 400 children had come to her door. That was in 1980.
I moved back to Fort Frances four years ago and since my return, I have seen a gradual but steady decline of Hallowe’en. The children aren’t as excited about it.
My six-year-old daughter and I were home by 6 p.m. because after going downtown and dealing with the pushing and shoving of the adults, she was tired.
The only houses we stopped at on the way home were those that had someone standing in the doorway—looking eagerly for children that weren’t coming.
Many older people in our community (and many younger ones, as well) look forward to seeing the children. The “Scott Street Scare” is taking that away.
At my home, very near the arena, we had just five children come to the door.
It is time to look at what is being lost by the “Scott Street Scare.” Hallowe’en was always a fun and scary time of year when I lived in Winnipeg. It just doesn’t feel that way in Fort Frances anymore.
Cheri Stanley
Fort Frances, Ont.