Bah Humbug ! Interesting (Sweet and Sour that is). I enjoy seeing the kids get dressed up. My dad used to take me out when I was a kid. Certainly did not consider it Begging and never Tricked anyone that did not provide a Treat. My dad would get dressed up as well as me and he would get a shot or beer at each of our close friends houses while I would get traditional candy. We both would stagger home!
Now a days there are weird people out there putting razor blades in apples, shooting things into wrapped candy and at least in the places I have lived in the past 20 years, the roaming house to house has pretty much been replaced with Halloween parties. No begging, participate if you want and contribute if you want. Works out good, safe for the kids and less congestion around neighborhoods.
That has not only been in New York City either, Chicago, Louisiana, Tennessee and Long Island, all places I have lived in the last 20 or so years.