Halloweeners

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  1. a2z

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    Wow! Tonight has been a surprisingly busy night. Maybe it is because it is Friday and the weather is fair.

    I'm not sure if I should be disappointed we are running out of candy or not! :lol:

    I saw 2 homemade robot costumes out of boxes. Also saw a lobster.

    What is the best costume you saw tonight?
     
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    I've got loads left over here. I just turned our lights out since there hasn't been a knock on the door for almost half an hour. Probably fewer than 50 kids on this cold, rainy night.
     
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    Our community has a 2 hour window. After 8, it's over. We still have some candy The best costumes, a baseball and a candy corn made from foam insulation.
     
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    Didn't see anyone out trick-or-treating.

    It's been like that for a few years now.
     
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    A mad scientist who will cure ebola was my favorite. He was about 8. We had 7 Elsa's.
     
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    I had a pretty cute Swedish Chef. He even came home with me!
     
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    We didn't expect many, as the house is up a substantial hill on a kind of dark cup-de-sac. We had exactly one family with two kids. They were super cute though. The little girl (3ish) was a bunny and the little boy (4ish) was a tiger. The little girl tripped coming up the stairs, spilling some of her candy and the boy shouted "Candy Down!", making all the adults giggle.

    My boys had a good time. They went down the hill where there's a reasonably flat few blocks. The youngest insisted on using his walker instead of his wheelchair, so they had to come in after about 40 minutes, as the youngest's legs gave out. They did have one small problem with one woman trying to scold them for "making fun of old people". My eldest pointed out to her that the walker actually belonged to the child, and he needed it, and it was decorated by mom (with a bunch of glow in the dark bracelets) to make it visible. He said she looked properly chastised and scurried off. Other than that, they had a great time, with people going out of their way to make sure the youngest got his fair share even if he couldn't make it up hills or stairs or through narrow gates.
     
  9. a2z

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    Thanks for the replies!

    We had one family, yes family, dress as the Incredibles. It was fun to see.

    I am always amazed at the ingenuity of some of the kids that trick or treat.

    All the kids were very respectful, with saying trick or treat, please, thank you multiple times.

    mmswm, I'm happy that your older son set that woman straight. Unfortunately, there has been a FB and I think Huffington Post article floating around that has small children dressing up as old folks with walkers for Halloween. I'm sorry that actions by thoughtless (those who decided an old person Halloween costume was funny) people impacted people who have very real disabilities. I'm happy to hear your children had fun.
     
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    It was snowing and felt like 25 here. After raining all day. I live in an apartment with locked outer doors, so no trick-or-treaters. I watched a few walking to a subdivision across the street. I saw several with short sleeves without coats. I'm talking 6-8 years old. Parent can be idiots.

    Despite the crummy weather, my mom had the most she's ever had since moving to her house a few years ago. She had three. :lol: The neighborhood we grew up in always had a few hundred.
     
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    Ah, the 1st night for it to rain since the start of the yr & it rains on H. night...it was great!

    I didn't see one soul in a costume & no one knocked on my door...or anyone else's around me, from what I can tell. :D
     
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    We had a total of 12 trick-or-treaters. Our numbers have dropped off by about 75% in the past few years.
     
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    My team dressed as superhero teachers in school. So fun.dh took care of the after school trick or treaters. Started to rain a bit in early evening which curtailed the amount of trick or treaters traveling around the neighborhood.
     
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    I know around here many of the churches now have activities on Halloween. Some are Halloween themed and others are not. Many families decide to participate that way. Then you have the malls that do trick or treating.

    Compared to 15 years ago the trick or treaters has really dwindled, but there are still about 50 -75 that come depending on the evening. It used to be crazy with non-stop kids coming up to the door. The number of kids in the neighborhood didn't drop, but the option for kids have changed.
     
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    I saw lots of cool costumes though the majority were on adults! Saw some crazy stuff but the cutest was a group of friends dressed up as the characters from Bob's Burgers.

    I tried to meet up with two friends for a late night drink after the party I attended and EVERYWHERE was packed, no places to sit, crazy traffic bc of people walking around. We had to go to four different bars before finding a place. I did enjoy seeing everyone out though!
     
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    I live near Chicago, we had the worst Halloween weather in 20 years. At my school we had to call it a Harvest party not a Halloween party to be PC.
     
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    I was at the hospital for the evening, so we didn't get to hand out treats this year. My wife had surgery over a week ago, and needed to have a possible infection checked out.
     
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    I'm so sorry to hear that, monsieurteacher. I hope that the medical treatment she received will put her on the right track to heal quickly.
     
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    Hugs, mt.

    Our crappy weather is exactly what I remembered as a kid. It snowed on Halloween a lot.

    I was listening to a radio show the other morning, and the deejay predicted that trick-or-treating door to door will be gone within the next 10 years. He had a lot of reasons- laziness for several reasons. It is too much work to hit 100 or more houses. Kids are done after 20-30. They don't have the stamina because they play more video games than physical activity. Trunk-or-treat makes it easy to get a ton of candy quickly without walking far.

    He may just be right. Which is sad.
     
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    I hope not! We had about 150 kids this year!
     
  21. a2z

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    I don't think trunk-or-treat is as much about getting as much as a kid can with less walking as it is events run by people who you know rather than going to strangers houses who although in your neighborhood you know very little about.

    I think lack of trust is driving the downturn of kids showing up at houses.
     
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    That is the PARENTS reason for preferring it. The kids reason for preferring it is the laziness factor. The kids want candy. And easy candy.
     
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    Our trunk or treats aren't very big-maybe 30 cars total. I think our kids still prefer trying to get to as many houses as they can. They were racing around Thursday night! My parents live in the country. Houses are on one acre lots minimum. There are no sidewalks. They still got 30 people yesterday even with crappy weather.
     
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    We used to hit our little city when I was little...but then my mom grew up here & knew just about everyone.

    I would think the trust factor.... I kind of giggle when you mentioned lazy factor.... Ummm people are giving out candy do we think that helps stamina... LOL!!!
     
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    That was the opinion of a radio deejay. I happen to think he is incorrect. I believe the parents decision about what they want for their children is the driving factor rather than the laziness on the part of the kids. In addition, trunk-or-treat is usually part of an event that includes a Halloween party for the kids. Kids just want to have fun whether that means going house to house or to a party with trick-or-treating built in.

    I know in my area, it isn't laziness on the part of the kids but adults feeling it is better to provide a safer environment for the kids that can happen regardless of weather.

    Maybe in your area kids are just lazy, but here the parents control what festivities their children participate in and how.
     
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    We used to have to sing, put on a skit, or say a poem to get candy. You went into everyone's house and put on a show. That doesn't happen here, it is just door-to-door ringing of the doorbell and saying trick-or-treat, but things have changed. More kids are doing organized events.
     
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    Oh I know more organized events happen.....
     
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    It was a Friday night in Texas so I was at a football game. Usually I give out about two 5-gallon buckets worth of candy and then turn off the light.
     
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    I took my kids to our church for a carnival. It was really fun. The kids played a little game and "won" candy. It was just like an old school carnival with a cake walk and all. We came home and went to 5 houses just for the experience. There were quite a few TOT in our neighborhood. The thing that annoys me is the parents that creep along the street while the kids are walking up to houses. Please just park and walk, the cars creeping along made it very unsafe for the kids walking around.
     
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    It started very slow last night but then they started coming in hoards. We think we had a couple hundred trick-or-treaters, many of whom came in large groups. I think so few people are giving out candy anymore that more people are driving to avoid walking so much.

    We make a big display outside of different types of pumpkins, fall flowers, lights, and a fire pit. My sons hold snakes and lizards. We have a skeleton, roaches (feeders for the animals), and have become the go-to house in the area. People were coming by all week to check if we were going to do it again. What I have noticed the last 2 years is parents who thank us and are grateful we make it special for their kids.

    My son joked with the kids that they had to touch the snake to get candy. We heard one kid say we were mean to make them do that (which we don't, really) but, by far, people said we were the cool family.

    I made a couple of types of soup and friends come by to sit by the fire, eat, and watch the kids. Good night.
     
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    I had 7 trick or treaters come to my door. I live on a street that doesn't really connect to any other street, so it's not a very popular route.
     
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    Thanks. They seem to have a handle on it, and we're all very hopeful she can heal and be able to go back to the classroom. She misses it a lot.
     
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    Did you take a drink for all 7 Elsas? :lol:

    This is the reason why I think there weren't as many kids out as there have been in the past...and not a lot of houses passing out candy.

    :hugs: mt. Hope the surgery was successful!
     
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    Hundreds came to our little house on the main street in our small town. We decorate it all up with sound effects. Halloween is big stuff in our small town. Weather was perfect. I walked the kids all over town this year while the wife doled out the candy.
     

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