You never really know how many trick or treaters to expect on Halloween night, but we can usually count on a few groups stopping by and making our dog crazy (and happy, because that doorbell ringing is the real deal for once).
Not this year.
Last night, we had one small group of kids stop by and that was it. And it's not because we skimp on candy. We always get the good stuff and hand it out generously. This year, it was Snickers and Reese's and Twix. Yum! I dutifully tested a candy from each bag, obviously to make sure they were safe for consumption. (yeah, right). And after trick or treating was done, this photo shows you the leftovers.
Does anyone else feel a bit disappointed when virtually no trick or treaters stop by their house? Do you wonder if you somehow have a reputation? Or maybe people are afraid of the dog? Actually, we heard there were plenty of trick or treaters out and about in our neighborhood, and I think (hope) the real reason they never made it to our house is that we're close to the edge of the neighborhood. You'd have to go down our street and then walk back up the same street. Why do that when you can make a nice loop somewhere else? And little ones tend to get tired. When I was little, we probably did a block or two of houses. At a young age, it seemed like a lot.
But there was that one moment last night when we saw a couple of people walking right by the house, and wondered .... wait a minute, did they really skip us? Not that we saw any kids with them. but at that point, a 60-year-old neighbor could have shouted trick or treat. We'd have been happy to share.
Oh well, our co-workers will be happy. They'll enjoy the leftover candy.