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Record trick-or-treat numbers reported by Metro Vancouver households

Some Metro Vancouver homes said they saw record numbers of trick-or-treaters this Halloween, with eight telling CBC they got more than 1,000 people demanding candy on Thursday night.

8 houses tell CBC they got more than 1,000 candy hunters Halloween night

Kids go house to house while trick-or-treating in Vancouver on Oct. 31, 2019. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Some Metro Vancouver homes said they saw record numbers of trick-or-treaters this Halloween, with eight telling CBC they got more than 1,000 people demanding candy on Thursday night.

They were led by a property on Trinity Street in East Vancouver, which reported around 1,700 kids to CBC and SFU City Program's Trick or Treat Count 2019.

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Most of the other houses reporting more than 1,000 were all in the Douglas Park area, near King Edward Avenue and Cambie Street on the West Side of Vancouver. Queen's Park in New Westminster also had a home reporting 1,200 candy seekers.

The three neighbourhoods have consistently topped the treat count for several years.

A lot of it has to do with walkability and where people feel safe with their children, said Andy Yan, the head of SFU's City Program.

Yan, who analyzes the trick-or-treat data every year, told The Early Edition's Stephen Quinn it's also interesting to look at the places that didn't report many candy hunters, such as Dunbar, Shaughnessy and Kerrisdale.

"That's actually one of the most interesting things that keeps on happening over and over again ... the places in the city that see some of the most expensive housing in the city and region and maybe even the country are terrible places to trick or treat."

As of early Friday afternoon, more than 1,600 B.C. residents had reported the number of trick or treaters. Almost two-thirds were from Metro Vancouver.

The data revealed some new Halloween hot spots this year.

Houses on Lily Street, in East Vancouver's Grandview-Woodlands, reported between 800 and 1,200 trick or treaters.

Two homes in Langley's Yorkson neighbourhood, just east of Highway 1 and 200th Street, reported more than 700 trick-or-treaters.

Trick-or-treaters in Vancouver. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

This is the first year the treat count was covered provincewide, with reports coming in from Dawson Creek to Duncan.

Outside Metro Vancouver, the house with the highest reported number or trick-or-treaters was in Kamloops, at 538.

Kids go house to house while trick-or-treating in Vancouver. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

In Greater Victoria, a house in Oak Bay handing out popcorn got the most trick-or-treaters, at 500.

Two houses on the north tip of Salt Spring Island reported close to 500 trick-or-treaters.

And in Prince George, one resident reported 250 candy hunters and an unexpected guest.

"Had a girl bring her Lama out trick-or-treating it was really fun!" was the comment in the Treat Count 2019 form.

No word on whether this bit of Halloween fun was a reference to a girl dressed as a llama, a real llama or the Dalai Lama.

A pumpkin pictured outside Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s home on Halloween night in Vancouver. (Ben Nelms/CBC)


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