Sadly we've had too many incidents where people handed out poisoned goods (yes, obviously mentally ill people) to kids who got very sick or injured so now part of the Halloween ritual is going through your kids candy to see if any looks tampered with and toss any that does. Because you really couldn't tell if a home made treat was tampered with or not you would automatically toss those. It's really sad! So I make treats for the people we know...kids and grown ups alike...and we deliver those and hand out packaged candy to those we don't. And, indeed, in many places trick or treating has stopped being from house to house. Cities organize events for kids to attend and shop keepers to hand out candy in a "safe and well lighted" environment. This is how my g'daughter went this year. Their suburb town organized a downtown trick or treat for the kids. So it's pretty hard to get all worked up over H'ween unless we are having a party which I think we will do next year now that our son has decided he's too old for trick or treating. I'm sure there are plenty of small towns in America where this isn't the case but it is here.