Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Halloween Report 2018


22nd Annual Report: Halloween at Duncan Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Halloween on Duncan Street 2018
 
I have tracked Halloween trick-or-treaters at my doorstep in West End Halifax since 1996. This year's numbers were up dramatically, the highest in 12 years with zombies in many forms being the most popular costume. This year also was the first time a political character appeared as part of a costume. (Guess who.)

TOTAL: 138

Past Totals- 2017: 114; 2016: 81; 2015: 101; 2014: 97; 2013: 80; 2012: 50! 2011: 80; 2010: 88;
2009: 99; 2008: 103; 2007: 125; 2006: 168; 2005: 187:  2004: 184; 2003: 187; 2002: 193; 2001: 152; 2000: 171; 1999-175; 1998-160; 1996-215

Alien abduction (cool costume) 1
Alice in Wonderland Zombie 1
Angel  1
Athena 1
           
Basketball Players (team of 4)
Batman (with a cat woman mom) 1
Bee      2
Bendy and the Ink Machine (video game)     1
Bio Hazard      1
Black Angel    1
Black Panther (super hero)     1
Boba Fett        1
Burglar (with crowbar)           1
Butterfly:        1
           
Cat:     4
Cat Ghost        2
Cheetah           1
Cuphead & Mug Man (from video game)      1
Clown 1
Cookie Princess:         1
Cow's Ice Cream         1
Cowboy           1
           
Dead Cat         1
Dead Clown    1
Dead Doll       1
Dead Rabbit    1
Dinosaur         1
Dinosaur (Jurassic Park)         1
Doll     1
Dragons (some nice costumes) 4
Detective         1
Devils  2
           
Evil Monkey   1
           
Fairy    1
Frankenstein   2
           
Ghoul Trooper 1
Ghoul Masks   1
Ghosts 2
Goofy  1
Green Morph Suit       1
Grim Reaper   1
           
Hamburger      1
Hippy  1
Horse   1
           
I'm Cold          1
Indiana Jones (good costume) 1
           
Jake Paul (from You Tube)    1
Jason Hockey mask    3
Jester   1
           
Lion     1
           
Mad Hatter      1
Magician         1
           
Mini Mouse    2
Miranda Sings (from You Tube) 1
Murderer dragging Donald Trump's head      1
           
Nemo (fish) very cute 15-month-old 1
No discernible costume          1
Ninja   3
Ninja Turtles   2
           
Octopus (good costume)         1
Old Man          1
Origami deer skull      1
Owen (Jurassic Park)  1
           
Paw Patrol fire dog     1
Pippie Longstocking (charming) 1
Pirates!            2
           
Penguin           1
Polar Bears     1
Police Officer 1
Poodle 1
Power Rangers            4
Pumpkin:        1
           

Princess           1
Hip-hop Princess        1
Purple Monster with 3 eyes (great costume)  1
           
Revolutionary War soldier     1
Rock Star        1
Robot  2
           
Scary pooh bear          1
Scary Monster             1
Surgeon, blood covered          2
           
Sailor  1
Scream Ghoul Masks  1
Spiderman       1
Super Mario    1
           
Tekashi69 (rapper)     1
Tooth  1
Thing Zero (Dr. Seuss)           1
Turtle  1
           
Vampires        4
           
Walrus 1
Werewolf:       1
Witches:          4
Glam witch     1
Woodland specter       1
           
Zombies          7

First Caller:  5:52 p.m.
Peak: 7:00
Last Caller:   8:20 p.m.

Best Overall Costumes:
1) Purple monster with 3 eyes, very good homemade costume, kid looked much bigger than he was.
2) Pinocchio, with a nose that grows and the girl was really into her role.
3) Mad hatter, a richly detailed and colourful costume.
4) Origami deer skull, beautiful and creepy.
Costume Trends:
1) Zombies in various forms were the most popular costume.
2) Many kids took a classic character and zombified it: Dead Cat, Dead Clown, Dead Doll etc.
4) There was a three-way tie between the classics of witches, vampires and cats.
5) Skeletons suddenly faded. Last year there were 13. This year, zero.
6) A lot of dragons, including some beautiful costumes.
7) Not that many cartoon characters. (A bad night for Disney.)
8) Batman still big, but spiderman fading.
9) Why are Power Rangers still so popular?
10) A growing number of Youtube and video game characters.
11) The first appearance ever, after 22 years of surveys in my neighbourhood, of a political character: the severed head of Donald Trump.
12) Almost all the parents were in costume, some of them quite elaborate.
 
My thanks to survey helpers: Patricia Acheson and Anna Wedlock.

Halloween decor Duncan Street 2018

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Halloween Report 2017


The Moon adds a ghostly glow to the Duncan Street Halloweenscape.

  
21st Annual Report: Halloween at Duncan Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia


I have tracked Halloween trick-or-treaters at my doorstep in West End Halifax since 1996. This year's numbers were up significantly with some dramatic shifts in popular costumes with the dominant vampires, zombies and princess costumes all but disappearing, pushed out by skeletons and ninjas.

TOTAL:114

Past Totals-
2016: 81; 2015: 101; 2014: 97; 2013: 80; 2012: 50! 2011: 80; 2010: 88; 2009: 99; 2008: 103; 2007: 125; 2006: 168; 2005: 187:  2004: 184; 2003: 187; 2002: 193; 2001: 152;   2000: 171; 1999-175;   1998-160; 1996-215

First Caller:  6:05 p.m.      Peak: 6:45         Last Caller:   8:47 p.m.

Costumes by type:

Addams Family (Wednesday): 1
Angel (TV show): 1 
Archer, Robin Hood era: 1

Basketball player: 1
Bat: 1
Beaker (Muppet show), great homemade costume: 1
Bear: 1
Bees: 2
Butler (great vintage outfit): 1

Cake (elaborate, tiered costume): 1
Cats: 4, including 1 boy cat, a first
Cat Vampire: 1 
Cowboy (sheriff): 1
Cowgirl: 1
Crayola Crayon (turquoise): 1

Doll: 1

Dead Doll (beautiful make-up): 1
Dragons: 5

Elephant: 1

Fire truck: 1
Fullmetal Alchemist character (Anime TV series): 1

Gryffindor student (Harry Potter): 1
Goldilocks: 1 (and three bears, adult helpers)
Ghoul masks, generic: 2
Ghoul mask, with light and sound effects: 1

Green Lantern: 1
Groucho Marx: 1

Harley Quinn comics character: 1
Halo character: 1
Hey Arnold! characters (TV show): 2


Invisible Man (camouflage costume): 1

Jelly Belly bag of Jelly Beans: 1

Ladybug: 1
Lion: 1

Mad Hatter: 1
Medusa (great illuminated snake hair): 1
Minecraft (video game): 1
Monster:1
Mummy: 1

HMCS Nelson, Independence class littoral combat ship with working propeller: 1
Ninjas: 10
Ninjas, Teenage Mutant Turtle variety: 2

Olaf (Frozen character): 1
Old Man: 1


Pikachu: 1
Pirates!:7
Plaque Doctors: 2
Princess Lea in Empire Strikes Back Endor outfit: 1
Power Rangers:3

Queen Elizabeth (young) great vintage outfit: 1


Robot, illuminated! with grandmother also as robot: 1


Scarecrow: 2
Shark: 1
Skeletons: 10
Skeletons (Book of Life, Day of the Dead style): 3
Spider: 1
Spiderman:3
Sponge Bob Square Pants: 1
Stormtrooper (Star Wars): 1
Strawberry: 1
Superowl: 1

Terrorist: 1

Unicorn: 2

Wasp: 1
Witches: 2
Wrestler (John Cena): 1

Zombie:1
Zombie Doctor: 1

Halloween on Duncan Street: Candy and survey clipboard!
Best Overall Costumes:
1) Dead Doll - impressive vintage clothes and terrific make-up.
2) Beaker, the Muppet character, perfect expression and hair.
3) Robot, with coloured lights, escorted by Mom, also in robot costume.

Costume Trends:

1) Most popular costume:Skeletons, in many forms.
2)  Ninjas were a close second, also in many sizes and colours.
3) An increase in insects: 2 bees, 1 wasp, 1 hornet & a ladybug.
4) Dramatic fall in vampires, merely a single vampire cat compared to 6 last year.
5) A hearty increase in pirates, with a lot of impressive pirate weaponry, always good to see for an author of a history of Canadian piracy.
6) Zombies dying off, only a couple.
7) A fall-off in superheroes: no Batman, no Superman, only a few Spidermen.
8) No princesses, aside from one Princess Lea and a young Elizabeth
9) A lot of vintage TV characters.


My thanks to survey helpers: Patricia Acheson, Mary Louise Conlin, Anna Wedlock and Craig Stamp.


Monday, 31 October 2016

2016 Halloween Report


20th Annual Report: Halloween at Duncan Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

This year's jack-o-lantern

I have tracked Halloween trick-or-treaters at my doorstep in West End Halifax for 20 years. This year's numbers were down slightly but still healthy - and entertaining.









TOTAL: 81

Past Totals-
2015: 101; 2014: 97; 2013: 80; 2012: 50! 2011: 80; 2010: 88; 2009: 99; 2008: 103; 2007: 125; 2006: 168; 2005: 187:  2004: 184; 2003: 187; 2002: 193; 2001: 152;   2000: 171; 1999-175;   1998-160; 1996-215

First Caller:  5:52 p.m.      Peak: 7:00         Last Caller:   8:45 p.m.

Costumes by type:

AC/DC Rock Star (Angus Young): 1
Astronaut Cow: 1

Batman: 1
Butterflies 2

Cat: 1
Construction worker: 1 (Impressive safety gear): 1
Corpse Bride: 1

Dory: 3
Dinosaur (Stegosaurus): 1
Dragon: 1

Fairy (Woodland Fairy, beautiful flowers): 1

Hermione (Harry Potter character): 1
Hockey Player: 1
Hot Dog: 1

Jaguar: 1

Knight: 1

Leopard: 1
Lion: 1
Luke Skywalker: 1

Masquerade mask: 1
Mavis (Hotel Transylvania character): 1
Monster Inc: 2
Minecraft (Steve): 1
Mouse (Paw Patrol): 1

HMCS Nelson frigate: 1
Ninjas:  6
Nemo: 3
No costume (A Hollister shirt): 1

Paddington Bear (very good costume): 1
Pilot (1930s): 1
Pirate: 1
Pizza: 1
Police Officer (SWAT team, cool helmet): 1
Pokemon character: 1
Popcorn box: 1
Princess: 1
Power Rangers: 2
Puppy: 1

Raven (Everafter High character): 1
Robin Hood: 1
Rumpelstiltskin: 1

Santa: 1
Scorpion (Mortal Kombat): 1
Scream Masks: 2
Slimer (Ghostbusters character): 1
Soldier: 1

Spiderman: 1
Stormtrooper (Star Wars): 1
Stripper: 1
Supergirl: 1

Tiger: 2
Two Headed monster (creative homemade costume): 1

Vampire Cat: 1
Vampires: 6
Vintage Clothing: 1
Witch: 1
Windwalker character: 1

Zombies: 2
Zombie Bride: 1
Zombie football player: 1
Zombie school girl: 1
Our suspended spider which, from time to time, pounced on unsuspecting survey respondents.
Best Overall Costumes:
1) Box of popcorn (home-made with beautiful kernels made from spray foam insulation)
2) Halifax class frigate with toilet paper gun turret, worn by a sea cadet
3) Woodland fairy, with lovely real flowers

Costume Trends:

1) Vampires tied with Ninjas.
2) Dramatic fall off in witches, only one compared to 5 last year
3) The skeletons have died: one this year but five last year.
4) Zombies flourishing in several varieties.
5) Dory, finding Nemo big with younger kids
6) A fall-off in superheroes
7) A lot of video game characters
8) Big cats flourishing: tigers, leopard, jaquar, lion. 
9) No Donald Trump. The one kid I thought might be one was a homemade Luke Skywalker costume with a very unruly yellow wig. (I have never seen any children in my neighbourhood do a political character for Halloween - that's boring adult stuff.) 


Most parents, about 2/3, were, wearing costumes, up from past years.

My thanks to survey helpers: Patricia Acheson, Mary Louise Conlin, Dana Echner and Bruce MacDougall.