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I’m sure I’ve shared this before-but my husband and I would not do the “neighborhood” walk thing with our kids.

Right from the beginning we lived near 2 malls.  Our feeling about the idea of going in the cold with too little ones probably seemed on the “Scroogy” side, but we hated walking in the cold, usually wind and then trying to get the kids up and down the walk.  

So we made Halloween into a different affair.  Even on Adam’s first foray we put on his “clown” pjs and Sarah went as a princess.  We bought a plastic pumpkin and we went to the smaller one-story mall to walk around in the lit, safe mall.  My parents came with us.  

Since I never really approved of fast food and Adam was a mere 6 months old, we let Sarah have her fun and then all of us went to the Coco’s restaurant across the street for dinner.

It was fun, we didn’t have to worry about our cat or our new puppy getting scared either.

From then on-this became tradition.  It all stopped the year Sarah turned 12 and started going to parties (whether our home or a friend’s).  Then Adam realized his besties lived in a way more active neighborhood than us and went to their houses.

No one ever came around in our old neighborhood, so it was always dark and quiet.

3 years ago we wound up coming out here to visit our DD and family-so we went on the “prowl” with our sil and grandsons.

This year?  Our neighbors told us that last year (their first here) they had over 200 ghosts and goblins!!


The boys have asked us to join them again.  But we thought we might as well try to pass out candy.

The hard part?  We know it will be very scary for both the fur kids.  Pepper’s never seen anyone at the door and little Lucky, well, who knows?

We’ll get to use our glider out front.

As for dinner?  That too is up in the air.  How do we know when the kids start?  How do we know how late the continue to drop by?

I suppose I could plan a brown bag dinner and eat in between all the fun.

What do you all do?

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      Marya1961 wrote Oct 28, 2013
    • Our street is very quiet on Halloween night with just a handful of kids coming around as we don’t have sidewalks on most of the street, and we stopped giving out candy once our son grew up.  Our next door neighbor is the highlight of the street with all her decorations, so I am guessing she supplies all the kids with candy.estatic

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      Carine Nadel wrote Oct 28, 2013
    • in 23 years at our other home-we probably had T-or-T’s only the first 2-3 years and even then, not even a dozen.

      but we’ve been warned here!

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 28, 2013
    • When I lived in a neighborhood in California, I used to make a huge pot of either chili or stew and give cups of it to the parents who were trick or treating with their kids. Got to a point when the word got out and the numbers grew each year. It was really fun to do.

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