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Old 11-01-2013, 08:25 AM   #61
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We had about 30-40, a bit more than usual. Cute little tykes, and the rain started about 7:30 when the older ones began showing up. Perfect timing on the rain.
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Old 11-01-2013, 08:25 AM   #62
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I was always the one left at home to answer the door. And to pass the time, I recorded the data:



So it looks like we'll get 20 to 30 kids. The neighborhood is "aging out", I think. More of our kids come in cars now (a big load of 6 kids piles out of a van), whereas before they'd all be on foot.
A record low this year: 6 kids.

That doesn't count 3 teens from the sub shop (Jimmie Johns) doing a reverse trick or treat (they handed out mini-sandwiches and a flier). That's a pretty good idea...normally we don't answer the door .
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We did not get a single one. we did buy some snacks but usually give way quarters or dollar bills. Last year we had 5 cost me $5.

Mainly adult oriented gated communities work well. No solicitors, JWs ro other annoyances either.
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Old 11-01-2013, 08:35 AM   #64
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A record low this year: 6 kids.

That doesn't count 3 teens from the sub shop (Jimmie Johns) doing a reverse trick or treat (they handed out mini-sandwiches and a flier). That's a pretty good idea...normally we don't answer the door .
They did that at our office about a month ago, worked great--we order from them now about once a week. Ridiculously fast delivery.
Sorry you didn't get many. Apparently none in Concord either, reports the DH who is visiting there this week.
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I hate those bloody costumes...
Are you saying that with a British accent as you type??
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One of the joys of La Quinta is the high population of trick-or-treaters. Always great weather, so a bit different than Oregon, where the costumes are often covered with coats or rain and clouds damp the celebration. We are sure to be here for Halloween. Brought two 150 count Costco bags of mini candybars down this year and 118 kids later we were out. Great kids, polite as could be, a treat for us to be sure!
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First time in several years... about 40 beautiful, polite, smily kids, with parents at the curb... One Dad, a perfect ""Jason"... mask and black all in one, w/ hoodie.

One 4 year old "Bumble Bee" was so abslutely cute, that I couldn't resist:

"Are you competing in the 'cutest kid' contest?"

"Yes"...

"What place are you in?"

honest to goodness... no prompting from mom or me....

"Kindergarten"

Made my day, and her mom uderstood... Nice, Warm, Happy Halloween!
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DW bought a Herseys 12 pack since we live in a new gate community that currently on has 4 residents. We weren't sure of whether we would get outsiders, so DW said if we run short, we can hand out cups of mashed potatos. We ended up with zero trick or treaters.
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I loved Halloween as a kid and I just adore handing out candy and talking to the trick or treaters as an adult. I go to Costco and load up on the full size candy. I get a variety, but Sour Patch Kids seems to be the favorite.

We had 3 friends over who brought candy and handed it out with us, so the kids hit the mother lode at our house. One group excitedly exclaimed that they were coming back to our house next year!

I think my favorite was a cute little two year old. She was simply overloaded mentally with all that was going on. Her Dad said to her, "What do you say?" and she explained to us that her Mom had gone to get her a new diaper.

All the kids were so polite and so cute, I was sorry when it was over. We only had 62 trick or treaters.
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Second year in a row of really bad weather here. Didn't get to sit out on the driveway with the bonfire. We did have a few kids brave the rain and howling winds.

We give out full size Hershey Bars. Now how will I get rid of them this year?
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Despite the rain, I think we had more kids than ever. They were all in a good mood, rain didn't seem to matter at all. They almost seemed determined to have a good time regardless.

DW loves Halloween. For the past few years, I've set up my guitar amp out front of the house, hooked to a microphone and a digital effects box and digital reverb unit. The effects box lets you do things like get Darth Vader sounding voice, or chipmunk voice, and it gets pretty ferocious with tons of reverb piled on, volume cranked, and the bass turned way up (sadly, my little Peavey Amp only goes to 10). I always hand the mic to the kids, and they get a kick out of making 'monster screams'.

I have to be careful not to scare the little ones, we had one little firefighter this year, kinda scared at first so I kept it down low, but once he got the mic he wouldn't stop!

But one young lady (11?) made our day - she said "This is my favorite house to Trick or Treat - cause of that (pointing to the amplifier)".

It was fun, I guess the amp will have to get set up again next year!

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We usually get over 200 but this year was 120. We had light rain for a couple of hours. Looks like we will returning some candy to Sam's Club.
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I had 90 kids this year. Thanks to this thread I counted the kids so I would know how much candy to buy next year. Most of the kids were 4 - 10 or so, no older kids this year.
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