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B.C. Treat Count 2022: Find the best neighbourhoods for maxing out on Halloween candy

How many trick-or-treaters came to your door? What did you give them? Fill out the form and get involved with CBC British Columbia's annual treat count this Halloween.

CBC B.C., SFU City Program team up again to track the areas with the most visitors on Halloween

A series of children wearing costumes run across an autumnal path in single file.
Students from Elsie Roy Elementary School run through a pumpkin patch set up by the social committee in Vancouver on Oct. 29, 2021. If you want to find out the spookiest neighbourhood this Halloween, fill out our form and participate across B.C. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

There are always some neighbourhoods with better decorations and, crucially, more candy on Halloween.

Do you think your 'hood can stand on its own with the most generous and sought-after spooky-season vibes in all of B.C.?

Let the rest of the province know by filling out this form to report the number of trick-or-treaters who came to your house.

Count the number of costumed visitors that came knocking on your door, tell us what you gave them, and show us how you prepared for their arrival.

CBC British Columbia and the SFU City Program, which promotes citizen participation in civic issues, have teamed up once again to track the neighbourhoods with the most visitors on Halloween night.

"That's the spirit of civic engagement," said Andy Yan, director of the city program at SFU. "It's how the spirit of civic engagement embraces particular communities."

A chute descends from the top floor of a single-family house in Vancouver during Halloween.
A house is decorated with Halloween props including a tube fitted to provide candy in a physically distant way in Vancouver in 2020. SFU City Program director Andy Yan says he expects more trick-or-treaters this year as pandemic measures have been dropped. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

In 2021, Yan said there was an increase in trick-or-treaters compared to the previous year, and he forecasts an even bigger increase in 2022 as most pandemic restrictions have been axed.

"We had a certain level of creativity when [the pandemic] came in, through the candy chute," he said. "I was still hoping that somebody would show up with the candy catapult ... the treat trebuchet."

How to participate

Fill out this form to report the number of trick-or-treaters who came to your house.

Then, watch as a colour-coded map reveals the Halloween hotspots and no-shows across B.C. on Monday night.

To get an idea of how it works, you can view last year's results at this link.

Yan said that historically, the Douglas Park neighbourhood in Vancouver and the Queen's Park neighbourhood in New Westminster have shown out for Halloween, and he's interested to see how communities that have filled out in recent years do.

This year, we're also including a question about inflation, and how it's affecting your Halloween in 2022.

Fill out the survey and watch for a map to update with the most haunted houses

This map will be updated throughout Halloween night and into Tuesday

On Tuesday, we'll be able to tell you where the action was and which of the neighbourhoods were ghost towns.

With files from Akshay Kulkarni and Tara Carman


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