Thursday, November 1, 2007
Last year we had about 100 trick-or-treaters here. Having never had that many in our previous neighborhood, we weren't prepared and ended up running out of candy.
So, this year, we got a mixed bag of about 300 pieces of candy...and we only had 17 kids show up. Even after giving out candy by the double-fistful to anyone of any age who came knocking, we still have a ton of it left.
I think three things played into the low turn-out:
1) We are still in Daylight Saving Time. In the past, we've "fallen back" the weekend before Halloween. This year we lost an hour of prime Halloween dark. By the time it got dark last night, it was almost time for the youngest kiddos to get ready for bed.
2) It was Wednesday evening. That is "church night" for a lot of people in our town.
3) Too many other opportunities to celebrate the holiday. Kat had a Fall Festival at preschool on Saturday and a party at her daycare today. She also could have (but didn't) trick-or-treated on Main Street on Saturday afternoon, done the same in the halls of the High School one night last week and who knows how many other church or neighborhood parties have gone on in the past week or so. By the time Halloween actually gets here, I think a lot of parents (and maybe a few kids) are already tired of it all.
Nope, Halloween just isn't what it used to be. But then again, few things are.
So, here we are, stuck with a bunch of candy, not to mention what Kat got in her own bucket. A little candy goes a very long way in our home, as we all tend to pass it over in favor of salty snacks.
Any ideas what to do with it? Very little of it is chocolate, so I can't even work it into my baking.