I live in a working class neighborhood and we get a fairly large amount of kids on Halloween. I have some observations from last night:
1) A large amount of our trick-or-treaters dressed up as soldiers. Some wore bandages. I've always seen kids dressing up as militarymen, but this time there were more of them. Not sure what that means. One thing I can say: watching those kids walk away from me was an eerie experience. I prayed that they wouldn't be wearing real uniforms and marching off to war in the next ten years or so.
2)In Detroit, where the Pistons, Tigers, or Red Wings didn't have championship seasons, there were scant amounts of kids wearing sports getups. No kid was seen in a Lions outfit, but then, no kid is ever seen in a Lions' outfit. Maybe this will change in the next year or so, but I doubt it.
3) Retreads and Make Do's constituted the bulk of outfits. It was almost as though this year parents threw together last minute things for their kids or bought whatever was on sale at the store. Of course, this meant a healthy mixture of faeries, monsters, and ninjas. Among the littlest kids, Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles were hot.
I'm not sure what these costumes say about conditions in my area. We probably have the highest number unemployment numbers and foreclosures in the country. Things in Michigan are pretty dismal. I get the feeling that next year, it won't be the kids that will be coming around for handouts, but the parents.