One thing however, is that it does strike me as outdated as some Evangelicals STILL believes that people are really out for the candy and Halloween is STILL necessary about dressing up as "scary things" - zombies, vampires, whatsoever they are. As for most parts of the world, including HK for a while, people does all sorts of things from "real" Halloween characters to Animation cosplays to just, fancy clothes that possibly shows their body shape (particularly for girls) or the like.
Even "traditional" Halloween characters, it's like, how "dark" or how "spiritual" are they? To say the least, I never knew any historical portrait of a witch with mini-skirts and short sleeve shirts - That said, I did played Gandolf one year here in Madison when I was a grader for the Math classes, and except the "YOU CANNOT PASS" sign I carried, he has a pretty "realistic" wizard look...
Yes, the real sugar never pose any threat to begin with if the person only take a reasonable amount of it. Replacing it with artificial sweetener does not solve the problem (is you are going to abuse it anyway). The key here is "吃得太多糖果會蛀牙", "太多", but NOT "吃得糖果會蛀牙".
Besides, Nomad has a point. In Canada, the most trilling character that I have met is just a witch my class teacher play. But no, I have not seen mini skirt and the like until I am in HK. I don't know, perhaps because it is quite cold in Canada?
I probably never been into a real one. I am either busy with something else, or taking my cousin(s) around the neighbourhood (for safety reason).
Elementary school party don't have any special characters. Again, my school teacher who dress up as a witch is the most thrilling character I seen. I can't realize it is her at the beginning because she really spend the time and effort.
"It is a dupee (boring) country." My American professor told us repeatedly