Archive for November, 2010

Halloween decline

Every year we have fewer trick or treaters come by on Halloween. This year we only had nine people, three of whom were teenagers who knocked on every door on the street at 9:30.

This year I think I finally figured out what is happening. There are some streets in the city which put on a Halloween extravaganza. All the houses give out treats, they have decorations, and all the kids invite their friends. More and more kids must be going to those streets, leaving fewer and fewer more the ordinary quiet streets like ours.

It’s a nice example of Winner Takes All. Admittedly it only works because parents all feel obligated to walk around with their children these days, which means that driving to another part of the city is a real possibility. When I was a kid we went out in groups, but no parents came along.

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