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Halloween Festivities Today

Sep 17, 2008
Although Halloween has become a huge holiday commercially, and celebrations are still very popular throughout the modern world, especially in Ireland and the United States, certain concerns related to traditional Halloween activities have developed in more recent years and have thus caused some traditions to change.

In England, the community bon fire tradition at Halloween mostly moved to the November 5th Guy Fawkes celebrations long ago, and has largely faded elsewhere in the face of environmental concerns. Similarly, the traditional community games and fun associated with Halloween have faded in most parts of the world.

Modern health concerns have almost completely eliminated older outdoor traditions like bobbing for apples and have replaced them with modern ones like watching horror films in the home. Since community activities that involved the use of fruit and other natural items are no longer celebrated, trick-or-treating now focuses on the search for candy and sweets on a personal level by local children.

A growing number of people show an overall dislike for the idea of trick-or-treating since it seems like a threatening form of begging to them. Children, however, have always loved the fun of collecting candy door to door in scary or funny costumes. Thus, many homeowners have turned trick-or-treating into a fun event for all parties involved by decorating their homes quite extensively and adding frightening details like creepy sound effects. Some people even dress up in costumes in an effort to scare the kids that visit the home to ask for treats.

Both local authorities and parents of trick-or-treating children have become reasonably concerned because of possible dangers related to visiting the homes of strangers and eating unwrapped candies on Halloween night. In some areas, this has made local law enforcement agencies establish controlled areas where kids can collect candy and other goodies safely, making parents feel more comfortable and much less worried about their children being hurt somehow.

The increase in safety concerns associated with Halloween activities has led to the decrease in charitable fund raising related to Halloween. UNICEF, which had been raising money using a Halloween related scheme, has limited such efforts since 2006.

Sad to say, trick-or-treating has led to outright vandalism in many areas, thus making people associate negative images of vandalized property with Halloween.

In some communities, Halloween has not been welcomed as a pop culture event because of the possible unpleasant results it can potentially produce.
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