Sunday, 31 October 2021

Halloween Report 2021


Total this year was 127, down from last year's 151 trick-or-treaters, probably due to bad weather combined with parental Covid concerns. Still an impressive showing on a wet night with some heavy downpours. (We hoisted a tarp to offer some shelter to those braving the gusty wind!)

 First Caller: 5:44 p.m. Peaked: 6:45 in the pouring rain Last Caller: 8:22 pm 

 Best Overall Costumes:

1) Cleaning Lady with mop for hair.

 2) Cute homemade unicorn.

 3) Fallen Angel with very impressive make-up.

 4) Large paper mâché Jack o’ Lantern.

 5) Home made cyclops: impressive large head with eye.

 6) Wednesday Addams – great outfit with impressive make-up.

 7) Russian gangster with creepy tattoos.

 Other costume trends:

1) Classic skeletons were top costume. 

2) Drop in the number of witches. 

3) A lot of animals, especially big cats. 

4) Bats, but no Batmen. 

6) Fewer big movie franchise characters and some big staples from past years vanished: for example, no Harry Potter or Star Wars characters.

7) More video game characters.

8) A lot of Anime (Japanese animated characters).

9) Record number of parents in costume with some cool pairing with kids's costumes (the dragon family and a mother and daughter witch combo.) Pirates costumes also popular with parents.

10) No dogs in costume, unlike past years (possibly because of rain)

Past Totals- 2020: 151; 2019: 143; 2018: 138; 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 

And here's the costume breakdown:

Alien (erupting from chest) 1 

Anime Misc. 4 

Angel 1 

Banana 1 

Bats 2 

Bunny 1 

Black Panther (super hero) 2 

Bride 1 

Buzz Lightyear 1 

Cat 3 

Cheetah 1 

Chicken 1 

Cleaning Lady (great homemade costume, mop for hair!) 1 

Clown, Classic 1 

Clown, Dead 1 

Clown, Sheriff 1 

Cowboy 2 

Cyclops 1 

Deadpool 2 

Demon Slayer 1

Devil, classic 2

Devil, Black 1

Dinosaur: 3 

Disabled man on life support with crutches 1 

Doctor (surgeon) 1 

Dogs 2 

Dorothy from Wizard of Oz 1 

Dragon (with Dad dragon & Mom as Daenerys Targaryen) 1 

Elf 1 

Elsa (Frozen character) 1 

Fairies 2 

Fallen Angel (impressive make-up) 1 

Fire Fighter: 2 

Football Player: 1 

Ghostbusters Marshmallow Man 1 

Ghosts 1 

Grim Reapers 3 

Harley Quinn 2 

Jason Hockey mask: 2 

Joker (Batman character) 1 

Killer with chainsaw 1 

Leopard 1 

Let's Eat 1 

Link (Zelda Elf character) 1 

Lumberjack 1 

Mad Scientist 1 

Miner (homemade with hardhat, vest, tools) 1 

Milo (character in Atlantis: The Lost Empire 1 

My Mom (homemade) "She's scary!" 1 

No discernible costume: 4 

Olympic Athlete 1 

Pirates: 2 

Peppa Pig 1 

Pokémon characters, various 3 

Police Officer: 1 

Power Range (Red) 1 

Pumpkin/Jack o' Lanterns 3 

Purge Characters 3 

Princess (classic) 1 

Princess (Bloody) 1 

Rainbow 1 

Red Man 1 

Russian Gangster (impressive tattoos) 1 

Sally Face (video game character) 1 

Skunk 1 

Skeletons 6 

Sleepy Baby 1 

Sleepy Dude 1 

Sloth 1 

Snake Eyes (GI Joe character) 1 

Spiderman: 3 

Tiger 1 

Tigger 1 

Train Your Dragon Character 1 

Unicorn 3 

Vampires: 4 

Where's Waldo 1 

Werewolf 1 

Wednesday Addams 1 

Witches: 2 

Wonder Woman 2 

Zombies: 2 

Zombie Soldier (impressive gear and makeup) 1

 

Parents, also in costume: 35 

Home-made costumes: 34 

Much thanks to my wife and partner in surveys Patricia Acheson, neigbours Anna Wedlock and Craig Stamp for their costume identification as well as Kiltie and Jessa the dogs who behaved patiently.



Saturday, 31 October 2020

Halloween Report 2020

TOTAL: 151 trick or treaters. First caller at 5:40 pm. Last at 8:02 pm.
(Plus 22 parents and 5 dogs in costume!)

Nearly tied from last year, in spite of the Covid pandemic: it was a busy night!
Much thanks to survey help from Patricia Acheson, Anna Wedlock and Craig Stamp and all the parents and residents who took pandemic precautions with their masks, candy chutes and other remote candy delivery systems.

Best costume: Girl as basket ball net and illuminated back stop. Net was her candy bag!
Second: A huge dinosaur, twice as high as the kid wearing it.
Third: Four decades represented by four girls in homemade costumes.
Honourable mention: The two Covid 19 related costumes: the Purell Bottle and Plague Doctor.

Most popular costumes
1) Tie between two classics - Witches (8) and Skeletons (8)
2) Vampires (5)- Another classic
3) Harry Potter (5), but 8 if you include other Harry Potter characters (Hermione etc.)
4) Doki Doki Literary Club characters (5) one of whom kindly explained the video game for us!)

Other trends noted: 

  • Lots of fun ensemble pieces: entire cast of a video game, decade girls, Harry Potter characters
  • More dogs in costume.
  • Good selection of Star Wars characters
  • Sadly, only a single pirate!
  • Lots of video game characters
  • Greater range but fewer overall super heros: Spidermen, Black Panthers, only two Batmen!
  • Collapse of the once mighty princess category with more interesting range of female costumes.

Here's Last Year's Report for comparison: 2019 Halloween Report

Past Totals- 2019-143; 2018-138; 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

 And here's the costume breakdown (this year with parents and dogs too!):

Annabelle Doll 1
Babies 3
Basketball Net 1
Banksy (Girl with balloon in famous painting) 1
Batman 2
Bumblebee (Transformer) 1
Bomb Disposal (in hazmat suit) 1
Black Panther (super hero) 2
Blue Jay (great costume) 1
Cat:  3
Chinless Man 1
Clown 2
Convict 1
Construction Worker 1
Corpse Princess  1
Cowboy 2
Decade Girl 1950s (part of ensemlble cast) 1
Decade Girl 1960s (part of ensemlble cast) 1
Decade Girl 1980s (part of ensemlble cast) 1
Decade Girl 1990s (part of ensemlble cast) 1
Dead Body 1
Darth Vader 1
Devils:  3
Dinosaur:  4
Doki Doki Literary Club (Entire Cast of video game!) 5
Doctor (duo with plague doctor) 1
Plague Doctor (duo with modern doctor) 1
Doll 1
Donut 1
Blue Elephant 1
Elephant: 1
Fairy:  2
Fire Fighter:  3
Football Player (wide receiver):  1
Ghoul Masks:  2
Ghosts:  2
Giraffe: 1
Godzilla 1
Harry Potters:  5
Harry Potter characters 3
Hotdog 2
Hunger Games (Katniss) Nice homemade costume! 1
Jason Hockey mask:  1
Jester: 2
Knight:  1
Lion:  1
Magic Doll 1
Mandalorian Characters 2
Marshmallow 1
Master Chief (video game character) 1
Mick Jagger 1
Merlin 1
Mermaid 1
Minnie Mouse 1
Mummy:  2
No discernible costume:  1
Ninja:  1
Ninja Turtle (Donatello) 1
Nintendo DS character 1
Olaf (snowman from Froozen) 1
Owl 1
Panda 2
Percy Jackson (character from fantasy novel series) 1
Pirates:  1
Pink Poop Emoji 1
Pennywise 1
Police Officer:  1
Pumpkin: 2
Purell Bottle 1
Princesses:  1
Robber 3
Robin Hood: 1
Scream Ghouls masks: 2
Sailor Moon: 2
Saw character (Pig with saw) 1
Skunk (vintage costume their mom wore!) 1
Skeleton:  8
Scooby Doo (very young boy) 1
Silver Surfer 1
Sonic the Hedgehog 1
Spiderman: 2
Iron Spiderman 1
Star Wars misc. character 1
Star Wars Stormtrooper  (homemade armour!) 1
Unicorn 3
Vampires:  5
Where's Waldo 1
Winnie the Poo 1
Witches: 8
Zalgo the Demon 1
Zombie: 2
Total trick or treaters: 151



Parents in Costume

Banana 1
Cat 3
Chicken 1
Clown 1
Creeper 1
Devil 3
Evil Bunny 1
Jason Hockey Mask 1
Jester 1
Knight 1
Robot (Awesom-0 from Southpark) 1
Tim the Enchanter (Monty Python character) 1
Unicorn 1
Vampires 3
Witch 2
Total Parents in costume 22  



Dogs in Costume
Angel 1
Headless horseman (cool costume) 1
Hotdog (classic!) 2
Lumber jack (amazing costume) 1
Total Dogs in Costume 5

Friday, 1 November 2019

Family Bonds and Belonging: A Look a Family Identities

The many identities that we explore at Halloween, which I explore every year in my annual Halloween survey, remind me of our wonderful exhibition, Family Bonds and Belonging. Nova Scotians have two more days to see it. (Last day is November 3.) It includes some amazing objects on loan from the Royal British Columbia Museum.


The exhibition includes a beautiful circle of original period clothes from the waves of families from all over the world who made Canada home from 1897 to 2017 called Turning Points. It is circled by a ring of important evens that challenged and changed the way the way we define family and how government policies changed the way families came to Canada.