Kids in Pontypridd make a lot more of an effort at this treat-or-treating malarkey than in Birmingham. Back at home, the nearest most kids get to dressing up is buying a plastic gorilla mask from the shop on the high street. I've just had three kids past here all fantastically dressed up. They're perfectly happy to take sweets or apples or whatever too, and arn't trying to extort money out of you. It's been good fun.
A dozen years or so ago, we had a "pin in the candy" scare in the US and ever since there has been a preference for money over candy.
That being said, we have personally escaped the "trick or treating" by moving in to an apartment. Which is a shame. I miss those eager faces behind the gorilla masks! [added 1st Nov 2002]
nothing like a good urban myth is there :) [added 2nd Nov 2002]
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