By the 1920’s and 1930’s Halloween had become a secular but community centered holiday, with parades and town wide parties as the featured entertainment.
Despite the best efforts though of many schools and communities, vandalism began to plague some celebrations.
By the 1950’s town leaders had successfully limited vandalism and Halloween had evolved into a holiday directed mainly at the young.
Due to the high numbers of young children during the fifties ‘baby boom’ Halloween parties moved from civic centres into the classroom or home where they could be more easily accommodated.
Between 1920 and 1950 the centuries old practice of trick or treating was also revived.
Trick or treating was a relatively inexpensive way for an entire community to share the Halloween celebration.
In theory families could prevent tricks being played on them by providing the children with small treats, as such a new American tradition was born, and it has continued to grow. Today americans spend an estimated $6 Billion annually on Halloween making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday after Christmas.