Wednesday evening, as soon as the streets of Wasaga Beach darken, groups of costumed trick- or-treaters head into the night to knock on neighbours’ doors and ask for candy. It’s a ritual that’s not only celebrated all over Southern Georgian Bay but across North America. For children everywhere, it’s a chance to experience the power of community in the most fun way imaginable. The custom of celebrating the ancient festival of Hallowe’en was brought to Canada by Irish canal workers and immigrants fleeing the potato famines in the mid-19th century. The first mention of children dressing up to go trick-or-treating comes from a Kingston, Ontario newspaper in 1911.