Don't worry, trick or treating will be a thing of the past soon, or a rare novelty act, like caroling. Parents are getting increasingly paranoid and protective and have started imposing simulations of the activity on their kids, at earlier and earlier hours. Kids near me were made to settle for a "Trunk or Treat" where the parents formed a circle of trunks in the parking lot of the school and the poor little wretches were compelled to go from trunk to trunk collecting candy. This is the pathetic, miserable, sniveling future of our country.Wow.
Only had 6 kids stop by for candy, all of whom before 8pm.
I remember when parents really got into it, turning their houses into haunted tours and acting out whoever they dressed up as. It was an awesome event as a kid.
Last year, I don't remember anyone coming by, so I didn't bother with candy this year. When the doorbell rang and I opened and saw a little girl in a princess costume, I wanted to weep.
Our street gets mostly passed over because the front end is grumpy old people and the back a dead end with a church and an old plantation home that people in this town really seem to believe has haints. You'd think that would serve as a Halloween attraction, but nope, which is just as well because the lady who owns it is super religious and convinced Halloween really is the Devil's Christmas.
Anyway, we go over to my father-in-law's neighborhood, and pass out candy to hundreds of kids while ours walk the loop.
The police block the neighborhood off and just about the entire town has free reign of a five- or six street area until 8 p.m., when the cops shut it all down for everybody who doesn't live in the subdivision. I've always felt that was excessively early, but this is an area that still gets swept up in Facebook panics about Muslims poisoning Coca-Cola, so maybe it's for the best.
Anyway, most of the folks who live in that neighborhood seem to enjoy it, and my kids get free candy and to spend time with their grandpa, so I'm OK with it.