Monday, November 01, 2010

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.  


Blogger Pauline said...

I'm tucked in behind a main house and have never had a trick-or-treater appear at my door in the 10 years I've been here. No leftover candy for me either :(

3:58 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I couldn't even find a place to park when I got home, there were a lot of people from other neighborhoods (other states, even) hitting the Hill but my street was pretty quiet. More than 18 but not as many as my old place.

6:36 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

I was once in Hershey, PA, but the smell almost killed me. The whole town was full of it! If that was what I`d get at a door, I would not bother ringing,either, haha. In Germany, Halloween is not celebrated much, just some kiddies are walking round in costumes.

3:53 AM  
Blogger LiLu said...

The times, they are a'changin. If anyone had come to our apartment door last night they would have been sorely disappointed... I could've given them a shot of Baileys, I suppose?

1:11 PM  
Blogger e said...

There have never been children at my door here so I don't bother getting candy. Anymore it seems parents take the little ones to organised events rather than walking them through the streets.

4:12 PM  
Blogger Russell said...

When I lived in town Halloween was a wonderful time. I actually got to meet a lot of my neighbors as I escorted our daughter on her rounds (before she was old enough to go with friends -- though mom and dad never were too far away!).

I enjoyed meeting so many neighbors and wished I could visit with them more often. But it seemed we all did our routines and you know what they say about good intentions.

Of course the candy was great. Not bad a thing at all! Heh! My wife and daughter did not like chocolate so that was an even bigger windfall for me!

Always a fun holiday but out here in the country I do not have any people stop by. That's okay.

Take care.

9:35 PM  

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