She credits much of the popularity of her tradition to the neighborhood, a residential section of Westvale near Cherry Road School.
"It's a great place to live but it's a wonderful place to trick or treat, it's perfect," Hicks said.
But her celebration reaches beyond the neighborhood, and Hicks often has visitors on Halloween from city residents. Hicks remembers the mother of one local boy taking photos of the Halloween display to send to him in the military.
Hicks said her best year exceeded 900 visitors, but the average now is around 700. This year's 700 "bags of goodies" are ready to go, she said.
But after nearly 30 Halloweens in the maple, Hicks's tradition might be coming to an end. The bucket of confetti she holds in the tree has to be refilled every ten or fifteen minutes, and it is a lot to ask someone else to stand for three hours and help her, she pointed out.
"I don't know how I'm going to quit this," she said. "As hard as it is for me, it will be disappointing for the neighborhood. So far, it's working good."
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