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Halloween 2009 - Unbeliever's Land
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Halloween 2009
I don't get it.

Halloween was on a SATURDAY.

We expected EVEN MORE Trick-or-Treaters (ToTs) this year.

I had the two giant bins full of candy, just like last year.

We decorated the same as previous years.

Yet we wound up with not even HALF the ToTs!

We barely emptied the first candy bin, despite giving it away by the shovelful!

Was it BECAUSE it was Saturday -- kids had parties and other events to attend?

Was it because of all the houses for sale -- physically fewer kids around?

Just for the record:

Here's my Halloween 2007 post.

Here's my Halloween 2008 post.

And here's an actual chart that Angela and I made for the ToT barrage of 2008...

Thanks to ninaroses for keeping me company, while Angela was incapacitated during the (strangely slow) Halloween giveaway...

And... anybody want a huge freaking bin of candy...?  ;)

Current Emotional State: touched puzzled

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From: kightp Date: November 3rd, 2009 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Same thing in our neighborhood. My theory is that half the kids in town went trick-or-treating the downtown merchants during the day and by nightfall either they or their parents or both were full up on costumes and candy. Usually the merchant thing is the Saturday before Halloween, but with the big day falling on a Saturday ...

I only got about a dozen kids, total. Usually it's more like 50-60.
amaebi From: amaebi Date: November 3rd, 2009 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)
It was a lot slower in Idaho Springs, too.
compostwormbin From: compostwormbin Date: November 3rd, 2009 07:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I remember that from when we had our house! We could never predict how many (or few) trick or treaters we'd get. Made it hard to plan.

I have a friend who says that the trend in trick or treating is increasingly away from the neighborhoods and more towards shopping malls and such. People know and trust their neighbors less. It's a shame. May not be true in your area but definitely is where I live.
From: carlau70 Date: November 4th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
We had a pretty strong showing this year (I did run out of the Halloween candy and had to go to plan B and C candies), but surprisingly, they were mostly older kids - middle and high school rather than pre- or elementary school.

I thought it might be because Saturday night and all the younger kids went to parties with their parents, however the compostwormbin comment has a lot of merit. By the time my daughter got candy at gymnastics, the grocery store, the baseball game and the fall festival she really didn't need to go out trick or treating because she had more candy than I'd let her eat in a year anyway!
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