In 45 minutes we were down to 4 pieces of candy left, from two bags full. Well, full minus the one piece I ate and the two my husband snagged. This is our 6th Halloween in this house, and for the previous five years we’ve had about 2 groups of 1-3 little kids come trick-or-treating each year. This resulted in LOTS of leftover extra candy. I contemplated buying only one bag this year, but I had a coupon for a dollar off if I bought 2 bags, so I did.
And I am glad. So many kids! Some costumes were very cute, others were clearly spur-of-the-moment. A young princess was escorted by her dad, a knight in shining armor. A ten-year-old came by wearing a rainbow clown wig and a Phillies World Champions t-shirt. Most of them weren’t clear on the concept of saying “trick or treat” in order to receive a piece of candy, but on the other hand they were nearly universally clear on the “thank you” idea except for the extremely shy ones. Once I stood by the door waiting what seemed like a full minute, listening to a parent and older siblings trying to convince a young child to knock on our door.
Is it the economy that has made the difference this year? Or is it the costume shop that set up two blocks away in the defunct Buick dealership this year for the first time? Or maybe something else?