15 Ways Halloween Has Changed In The Last Decades

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4. School Halloween parades are being canceled

Many adults can remember how school Halloween parades were back in the day and how much kids use to love attending them. However, for many reasons, Halloween parades are slowly starting to disappear. According to Connecticut Post, a parent shared that her school chose to cancel the annual Halloween parade in 2018 due to “numerous incidents of children being excluded from activities due to religion, cultural beliefs, etc.”

Moreover, a school in Central New York decided to cancel the parade in the same year due to safety issues. According to what an official told Syracuse.com, the decision to cancel the parade was taken because it’s almost impossible to monitor hundreds of adults who usually attend this annual event.

“This is an unacceptable risk to student safety. This number of visitors is too large for any of our spaces including the gym and the cafeteria to bring the event inside safely. ”


5. The candy is now bigger

Kids from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s got way smaller candy portions and sizes than today’s kids. Back in the day, almost every household gave candy that could be eaten in a single bite, something like a gum ball or a small-sized snickers. But things have changed now and kids expect large chocolate bars, M&M’s, and Reese’s.


6. Households try to avoid giving children peanut-based candy

The famous Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are known to be the kids’ favorite Halloween candy and a classic if you ask me. Back in the day, no one even thought twice about giving peanut-based candy to children.

But obviously, things have changed now. As data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows, about one in 13 children in the United States suffers from a food allergy. This figure increased by 50 percent since the late 1990s.

The most common food allergy in the U.S. is caused by peanuts. The prevalence of peanut and other nut allergies has tripled in America in the last 20 years, that’s why most parents prefer not to give children peanut-based candy.

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