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Old 11-01-2018, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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Most years I carve a jack-o-lantern, get several bags of candy, turn on the lights and welcome the kids.

This year - life has been a bit hectic, I didn't get to the grocery store, didn't get a pumpkin. So I decided to keep the porch light off and be a Halloween Scrooge.

I don't know, maybe I've done Halloween one too many times - but I didn't miss it a bit!
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Old 11-01-2018, 09:27 AM
 
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Maybe a hundred kids. Five new families moved into our neighborhood in August, so we could see the writing on the wall. We spent $60 on 10 bags of candy, and only have about a half a bag left. My wife is feeling better after her recent ordeal in the hospital, and dressed up in a witches costume. Scared the badoodle out of a couple of small kids (toddlers) when she reached out her 'skeleton hand' with candy in it. One toddler pulled out a light sabre, and threatened her with it!! We all broke out into laughter, both the visiting parents, and us...it was priceless.

I think no adults dress up, so it much have been a surprise...
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Old 11-01-2018, 10:37 AM
 
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I had four!! My porch light was off, but my inside window light was on. Thank heavens we had some Tootsie Pops.

Looked out and my neighbor had her porch light on. I should have asked her if she was going to do it. Next year, I’ll know to pack in the candy. Our neighborhood is changing, Yay!!!
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Old 11-01-2018, 03:42 PM
 
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We have bought a lot in a very rural area with many retirees, so after we build our retirement home, we will probably have NO trick-or-treaters, which makes me very sad. We love having the kids come to our home, and average about 50 a year or so.
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Old 11-01-2018, 04:36 PM
 
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Katharsis, when you do move, check into whether there is a community event, since you say you’ll miss it. We get no kids on our road either, but the town trunk or treat is even more fun, since all the adults hang out and enjoy being together. You could also check out the library and community center, which often host Halloween parties, or even offer to help out giving out candy at a local business. If you’re the sort who enjoys trick or treat, my guess is you’ll have no problem finding a fun alternative to your own home.
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Old 11-01-2018, 05:12 PM
 
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Well, we had some rain this evening which cut down the number of trick or treat kids this year. Had about 300, so it looks like the local food bank will get abut ten boxes of Little Debbies along with a check.
I like the idea of Little Debbies- a change from the usual, and the food bank probably gets more candy bars than it can hand out this time of year.

I had two bags of candy and no one showed up till after 7 PM- was beginning to wonder what happened! I ended up with maybe 15 mini-packs of M&Ms left, so not bad. I "hid" them in a cabinet I rarely access and will probably take months to consume them since I watch my junk food intake. Plenty of preservatives- they'll last. Every kid thanked me. I was impressed.
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Old 11-01-2018, 07:50 PM
 
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Came up with a idea a couple of days ago that worked out great Halloween night.

Took one of the the chime plug in door bells that works with our Ringer door bell. That along with the Ringer extender which is located right inside the from door emit a fairly large alert when ever anyone approaches. The each have a good selection of audible alerts. So we selected two spooky halloween sounds and turned the motion detection on. Took the regular chime and plugged it in the front porch outlet which is pretty much out of sight when at the door.

When ever anyone approached the steps the noises would start as the walked up to the porch. If they rang the door bell they got a third sound. Because it records what it sees and hears as people approach we got to see how the reacted after they were gone. They loved it. Parents loved it and it caused several to jump. Several kids after we shut the door looked in the doorbell camera and gave us a thumbs up.

It was fun and if you have a Ringer doorbell might be something to consider and enjoy next year.
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Old 11-02-2018, 11:11 AM
 
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We've "hid" for the last few years. We're up north and it's generally rainy and cold on Halloween nite - plus the neighborhood is older. I think my neighbor got 6/7 kids on Halloween nite.

I love seeing the kids but the dogs make so much of a ruckus - it's just not worth it for so few kids.
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Old 11-02-2018, 07:20 PM
 
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We had 50 goblins at the front door. The cat finally came out of hiding the next morning...
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Old 11-02-2018, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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We had zero in our 55+ Arizona home. 8 in our gated subdivision Alaska home. Lots of left over candy for me!
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