I wasn’t aware of this until right before I came up with the idea for tonight’s post. But somehow I have written a post about Halloween for each of the past five years.
Well, now it is six years in a row.
As I have written in past years, we live in the perfect neighborhood for trick or treating. There are lots of houses close together, and there are A LOT of young kids.
We regularly get more than one hundred trick or treaters, and tonight was no exception.
It was another wonderful night to celebrate Halloween.
But I did notice one thing that was different this year, or at least as I recall it was different.
It seemed all of our neighbors set up tables at the end of their driveways, and placed their bowl of treats on the table. And many of the adults would sit next to the table, enjoying an adult beverage.
Now don’t get me wrong, it was a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday. It was an easy way for kids to just walk down the street and grab candy off of each table, while barely stepping foot on the property.
I have to admit that I missed the kids walking up to the door, knocking on it, and then opening to hear them shout trick or treat. I mean that’s the way I did it as a kid, so that makes it the best way…
I’m not sure if it was a COVID thing, or if this is the way our neighborhood will celebrate Halloween moving forward. If it is, I’ll adapt; and stock up on adult beverages for next year…
And one final note.
I always enjoy watching kids’ behavior when they stick their hands in the bowl of snacks. Some kids just politely take one, some grab as many as they can, some ask how many they are allowed, and my favorite – a couple of kids reached in and accidentally grabbed a couple of pieces of candy, and put everything back except one.
But the best observation was watching the house across the street. The owners are a young couple who were out trick or treating with their daughter, and left their bowl of candy on a table, unattended, at the end of their driveway. It seemed as if most kids just took one piece of candy, but I did notice one small group of kids go back to the table three times, and each time they grabbed a handful of candy.
I’m not sure what it all means, but I’m sure Dan Ariely would have a field day with it. Maybe I should invite him to my neighborhood for next Halloween…
*image from Domestic Fashionista