There’s some trick-or-treating controversy in North York.
This year the borough required kids who live there to wear a wristband while going door to door.
It’s because last year other municipalities canceled their trick-or-treating due to weather, so kids flocked to North York to get their candy.
Boxes were piled high so that those handing out didn’t run out of candy for the little ones.
North York Borough Vice President, Richard Shank, says he received so many complaints of too many trick-or-treater’s and people running out of candy last year, that wristbands were the only solution.
“Look, we’re not policing this, if you want to trick-or-treat, you’re more than welcome to do it,” says North York Borough Vice President, Richard Shank.
People in North York disagree and say the borough is asking for attention.
“Kids are kids, you hand out candy to every kid, this is their night,” says Jennifer Ream of North York.
“I think it’s ridiculous, children don’t know the difference, all they want to do is come out one day a year and have a good time,” says Bonita Swanne, of North York.
Despite this year’s trick or treating requirements the candy is steadily flowed no matter what was on kid’s wrists.
“I’m not gonna say no!! Even if we have a line down the street like last year, I’m not going to say no! We’re ready for them,” says Swanne.
The borough handed out 200 wristbands this week to kids who live in North York.
But they say they might not use this same policy next year.
Shank says they wanted to protect those on low income from getting bombarded with kids from outside North York.
“I mean if you can’t afford to hand it out then don’t hand it out at all, that’s how I look at it,” says Ream.