Where I live, I've noticed a trend the past two to three years. When I was younger, every Halloween, there would be a stream of kids coming by with their parents to get candy. But I started noticing fewer and fewer kids stopping a few years ago and then the past two to three years, there has been ZERO kids stopping by.
I had heard that parents had decided to take their kids to the local malls where the stores were passing out candy. Being at the mall tonight, I saw it was true. There were a ton of families and kids there including someone I knew. I guess I can understand why parents have been doing this. Safety at night is an issue though I can't say that my neighborhood is all that bad.
The funny thing is that I talked to a co-worker in Virginia today and he was still taking his kids out to the neighborhood. I'm not sure why parents in my area are not taking their kids out to the neighborhood but it is an interesting trend I don't think will change anytime soon.