The following message was posted in the About Phoenix Forum:
I cannot find out the hours for trick or treaters....in the city of Surprise...Or is there no set time ?? I hate to eat all this candy I bought, haa!! I have looked on this site, and know everything about events, costumes, etc., except trick or treat times...
I admit it--I was surprised to learn that there are places that have designated hours for trick or treating!
This particular person is originally from Ohio, where trick or treating from door to door is apparently allowed only between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Halloween. Here's how I responded.
There is no set schedule for trick or treating. Depending on your neighborhood, you may get many or very few kids going door to door. In my previous neighborhood I would get about 100 per night. Because I lived in a subdivision-type neighborhood, groups would get together and the kids and parents would generally come 10 or so at a time.
Most trick or treaters will come to homes between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. in my experience, but there's no rule about it. I used to enjoy making up little bags of goodies--candy, pencils, plastic spiders, etc. when we knew all the neighborhood kids.
Some master-planned communities, or communities with homeowners associations, may have restrictions on hours. If your city or town in Arizona has time restrictions for trick or treating, or you have tips about candy or avoiding Halloween vandalism, please let us know and post your "comment" below.
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