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Has Halloween been DYING out?

Alex Sleeger, Reporter

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Halloween: a holiday children across the nation praise for the boatloads of candy, the costumes, the scary decorations, and the excuse to be out late with friends. In recent years, however, it seems as though this spooky holiday’s popularity has been dying out.
Compared to the anticipation of millennial children, kids and teens nowadays appear to treat Halloween with an indifferent attitude. According to a poll conducted among Chino High students, only about 30% of students celebrate Halloween, while the remaining 70% either refrain from celebrating or only partially participate in the holiday.

“When I was a child, Halloween was such a fun experience. As soon as it got dark, everyone came outside in their costumes for hours of door-to-door trick-or-treating,” says Chino High School’s Mrs. Gibbons.
Local resident Rhonda Rhodes commented on the lack of trick-or-treaters in her neighborhood saying, “The last few years, hardly anyone on our street has decorated for Halloween, and the amount of kids who are out trick-or-treating has dwindled.”

Instead of resorting to the classic night of “trick-or-treating” described by Gibbons, many students are choosing alternative ways to make use of the holiday.
Sophomore Alexa Rodriguez supported this idea by saying, “Kids’ ideas of ‘fun’ on Halloween now include going to parties or hanging out with friends, whereas previous generations defined ‘fun’ as going door-to-door, asking for candy.”

“Personally, I don’t participate because I hate everything that’s scary. But, I do think we’ve changed the way we celebrate Halloween. Most people go to theme parks or parties now,” added Sam Trenda, senior.
So has this tech-savvy generation had its fair share of Halloween? Or are there other reasons for the decline in Halloween enthusiasts?

When thinking of issues related to Halloween, safety comes to mind. In today’s society, parents must worry more so about “stranger danger,” candy that has been tampered with, and even psychotic clowns.

Mrs. Gibbons stated, “I believe Halloween is much less popular now, with hardly any kids running around the streets trick-or-treating. Most stay indoors due to the several dangers that accompany being outside late at night, or taking candy from strangers.”

Whether trick-or-treating, spending time with friends, partying, or attending fright-fests, make sure to stay safe this Halloween, Cowboys.

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