How many Trick or Treaters come to your door?

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How many Trick or Treaters come to your door?
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Mon, 08-22-2011 - 10:08am

I never know if the kids are going out this year or doing something with church or school or actually going door-to-door every year. But, even if they do, so many of my immediate neighbors don't turn their lights on so it's dark around here and we don't get many kids anyhow. :(

We also live in a fairly transient neighborhood (military base nearby) and every year I wonder if this is the year we'll get tons of kids!

So, what's your neighborhood like? Do you expect lots of kids?


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Registered: 05-20-2004
Tue, 08-23-2011 - 4:00pm
NONE! We live way out in the boonies, so we actually take our kids into town to ToT. All of the businesses hand out candy. It's nice not to drive from house to house. Instead we just park, tool around town, then go home.
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Registered: 12-14-2009
Tue, 08-23-2011 - 6:27pm
I'm with you Wendy. Unfortunately, all our neighbors turn their lights out so you can't trick or treat in our neighborhood. :( But we do sneak up to a neighborhood up the road where it's always hopping! :D Last year, families even decorated their front yards like haunted houses! It was awesome! We know where we want to move in the future!

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Tue, 08-23-2011 - 7:38pm
We live in a small gated community, but open our community to the public on Halloween. I know some residents put up a huge fuss, but I would much rather have kids have a nice, safe and well lit place to trick or treat.

We usually end up with about 200 kids. It always is such a good time seeing all the costumes.
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Wed, 08-24-2011 - 12:52pm
We probably go through 2 bags of candy. Our neighborhood is about 15-20 houses (one way in and one way out). Most of the town goes to the "super subdivision" that really could have its very own zip code to trick or treat. I've heard it's really busy over there for Halloween. I think that's why we don't have a ton come through our neighborhood. It's mostly the neighborhood kids and their friends and cousins.
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Wed, 08-31-2011 - 4:42am
We have since moved, but last year we had about 325 trick-or-treaters. We lived in military housing (not on a base though) and in addition to all the kids in the neighborhood, the locals would come by the carload to ToT in our neighborhood. We lived on a corner and they would literally pile out of their cars! It was kind of annoying because a lot of the time there were tons of teenagers who weren't dressed up (at least put a little effort into it!) but it's always fun seeing all the costumes. We keep a tally every year and last year's was super busy.
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Registered: 12-14-2009
Wed, 08-31-2011 - 8:34am
Kim brings up a good point....

What do you do when a teenager comes to your door dressed up or not? I have heard some turn them away, while others serve them too. What do you do?

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Wed, 08-31-2011 - 3:02pm
I think I'd turn them away if we were running low on candy. Otherwise, they can have it. I don't want it to stay in the house! :)
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Wed, 08-31-2011 - 4:06pm
I generally reluctantly give the candy but will make a comment about needing to dress up. If we were running low I'd probably reserve the candy for the kiddos or at least for someone dressed up.

I had a dad last year make me so mad. So DH and I will set up camping chairs in the front yard to pass out candy because with that many people coming by it's just easier, and it makes it more run to socialize with everyone. We each hold a bowl (of the same candy) to expedite (I'm not lying when I say it gets busy). This father and little son came up and they got candy from DH snd then the dad came to me asking for more. I asked if his son got some from DH and he said he did but not from me so I told him it was the same stuff and we wanted enough for everyone (and we're generous with the amount we give out.) This dad was MAD that I wouldn't give them more. What the heck? Greedy much? What is this teaching his son? I was appalled.

Do you guys do anything special for babies? We get teething biscuits and I can't tell you how happy this makes parents. My mom has always done this and I'm glad it's something I continue doing because, not only does this give the baby something they can actually have, but it's unique.
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Wed, 08-31-2011 - 6:27pm
I would be shocked too if that Dad showed up asking for more. Like really?! It's candy!

What a great idea on the teething biscuits for baby! I never even thought of that. I did, however, have a house give the kids toothbrushes which they accepted graciously but when they got back to the stroller they were like what the heck. LOL It always amuses me the bachelors though...I am guessing DH was like this before I reigned him in. ;) Anyway, the kids love hitting up the military bachelors in our neighborhoods because they always go out to whereever and by the big full size candy bars at the last minute. SCORE! lol

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Thu, 09-01-2011 - 6:16pm
Toothbrushes are like getting raisins. I remember being so confused as a kid getting healthy treats. lol
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