if you get most of your entertainment from a consumer nation that runs halloween specials and candy advertisements full time at the end of october then its inevitable that the kids of your country will want in on the candy grab themselves.
this is what appears to be happening in new zealand. we knocked on about a dozen doors and were rewarded only once with candy. you have to give ethan a lot of credit because he was never discouraged and always convinced the next house would be the one who knew how to celebrate halloween properly.
and before you get the wrong idea, we weren’t alone in trying to mark the holiday in traditional candy groveling fashion – there were locals giving it their best as well. halloween is obviously a critical mass holiday and i’d say new zealand is a few years away from being there.