In 2011, Americans spent $2.3 billion on candy for Halloween. When I see the need around me and hear of starving children dying in their mothers' arms, I say "yes," Halloween is over the top. When my children were little I made their costumes, limited the homes they went to, and then made them share half with some place like the mission.
I say the fun needs to be in the costumes and running from house to house together. No child needs that much candy. When teenagers get into the act, one wonders where the parents are. We had probably 75 kids at our door. It's fun to see the little ones. It should be embarrassing to the bigger ones to go begging house to house.
-- JOY BACH, Kennewick