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.

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