A slim crowd
This is all that remains from a budget Halloween. It was actually a very quiet night.
Late yesterday I realized we had no Halloween candy. We made a quick trip to CVS, but instead I decided to visit the dollar store. For $1.49 I bought a bag of about 20 pieces of knock-off Hershey’s mini-bars, hoping by the trick-or-treater counts from the past few years that would be enough.
In the “old days”, when our children were canvassing the neighborhood with their old pillowcases full of candy, we would give out baskets of candy. But times have changed. The neighborhood has aged and the streets with sidewalks now get the most traffic.
A few unremarkable costumes appears on our front stoop, but it was just a handful over a couple of hours. A neighbor down the street showed up carrying a baby whom he introduced as his grandchild (born to a girl who can’t be more than 18). His youngest son (about 9) proudly added that he was now an uncle.
When the last kid showed up in no costume and banged on the door, we decided to turn the front light off. So by my count we gave out 18 pieces of candy to around 9 kids. A fairly light evening I’d say.
The good news is we will not be tempted to eat bad candy for the next month.