If you did not drag the amount of candy you had hoped for this Halloween, read on.
Each year, user-generated data from CBC’s Treat Count reveals who handed out what, where and how many trick-or-treaters showed up to get it.
CBC British Columbia and the City Program at Simon Fraser University, which promotes citizen participation in civic issues, came together again to help track the neighborhoods with the most visitors on Halloween night.
As of Monday morning, more than 385 British Colombian households have reported their seasonal statistics. Most of the responses came from homes in Metro Vancouver, and according to Andy Yan, director of the SFU City Program, Halloween 2021 was “a howling success.”
“We’ve certainly seen an increase in the number of trick-or-treaters coming over our threshold this year,” said Yan, who spoke Monday on CBC’s The early edition.
A notable hot spot this year, as in previous years, was Vancouver’s Douglas Park neighborhood, located on West 22nd Avenue and Heather Street near Cambie Village.
According to responses from homes around the park, hordes of ghouls and goblins were out collecting.
One home handed out well over 1,800 treats, a neighboring house reportedly handed out over 1,700 and yet another numbered 1,600. 1,300 were also counted in a house in this hood.
A popular give-away in this area was Rockets, the small, circular Canadian Halloween fruit-flavored classic. For chocolate lovers, minibars were also handed out in droves around Douglas.
Chocolate was the most popular choice of candy to hand out across BC, but otherwise there was not much of a pattern among the heavy ones in terms of the type of treat.
Based on all the responses received from homes in Vancouver, Yan also highlighted Trinity Street in East Vancouver, where a household grabbed 1,200 mini-chocolate bars.
In addition to Vancouver
Outside of Vancouver, Yan said, large quantities of candy were also being distributed in the Queen’s Park area of New Westminster and in the Walnut Grove neighborhood of Langley.
In Port Moody, a home on Ravine Drive reported having handed out over 10,000 Babe Ruth chocolate bars.
Most of the responses received came from the lower mainland, but of the responses received elsewhere in BC, the highest number calculated was one home in Sooke and another in Sea-to-Sky. the area that saw 400 eager trick-or-treaters.
In third place for counts outside the lower mainland was a home in View Royal, which handed out 309 wagon wheels.
In solid last place was a household near Burns Lake where zero candy was handed out. “We ate it all,” was the reasoning.
Spicy trick-or-treaters were also on the hunt for the elusive chocolate bars in full size.
As of Monday morning, 28 homes told the CBC that they had large bars ready. Of those, 17 were on the lower mainland and 11 elsewhere.
A household in the Strathcona neighborhood of Vancouver reportedly had full-size bars on hand, but no therapists to hand them over to.
Many household responders also followed provincial health officer Bonnie Henry’s request that people be creative when handing out the goods.
“Candy slip” was a particularly popular addition this year, as was placing candy at a safe social distance from the front doors and using pliers to reduce pollution.