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Parents find new spin on Halloween traditions due to safety concerns

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Is the fear of taking candy from a stranger changing the way we celebrate Halloween?

A study says fewer children are dressing up to go door-to-door on Halloween night.

The traditional holiday celebrated on Oct. 31 is filled with ghost, goblins and goodies. It’s an exhilarating night for children to transform into their favorite superhero, princess and everything in between. But the popular American tradition is possibly becoming less common because of concerned parents.  

 “[You] have to be more watchful than when I was coming up,” Shanise Williams said. 

 Around Kansas City, kids in costumes and parents, not far behind, are finding alternatives to door-to-door trick-or-treating.

“Door-to-door is a little scary but that’s why we do these events,” Erica Lewis said.

“We usually go to neighbor’s house we know and that are decorated,” one mother said.

In recent years, the number of families heading out to trick or treat in their neighborhoods is in decline so says the National Retail Federation.  

A study last year says it’s not due to the lack of celebrating but rather parents choosing safer options including trunk or treating and organized activities like Boo at the Zoo.

“We usually just go a couple blocks,” Chirsty Geabhart said.

Click here for a list of Halloween events in Kansas City.

Meantime, parents are finding ways to preserve a tradition yet keep their kids safe. 

“I keep a good eye on them [children] and I take my pistol,” one father said. 

The National Retail Federation says Halloween spending will reach a record-breaking $9.1 billion. Despite those concerns, parents clearly share a desire for their children to enjoy a Halloween night full of fun-fright and safe-fear.

For more information on the National Retail Federation Halloween spending habits, click here.

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