Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sign of the Times

My kids had a fun Halloween.

I walked my daughter around the neighborhood with her best friend and her father. When Alissa was done she took over the task of handing out the candy, something I think she enjoys just as much as receiving it.

My son is old enough now that he was able to go out on his own with his best friend. It is no longer cool to hang out with dad or the little sister.

We have lived in this neighborhood for about 6 years. It is a nice neighborhood, people would drive to our neighborhood to amass Halloween candy, but I have seen a change the last couple of years that makes me a little sad.

I bet two years ago 80% of the houses in my neighborhood participated in Halloween festivities. This year I would guess closer to 30% bothered to participate. That was still enough candy to keep our dentist in business, but nothing like it used to be.

The streets were just dark. People were not at home, at home but not handing out candy, or the house was bank owned. And there was a lot of the latter.

Are times that tough that you can’t afford to buy candy for Halloween? Maybe. The vacant homes, now looking more like haunted houses, might support that statement.

It’s depressing to think about what my house is worth now compared to a few years ago. I’m not even going to ask. We don’t have plans to move anyways...

So, what kind of candy have you been stealing from your kids this weekend? Anything with the word Reese’s has mysteriously disappeared from my kid’s bags.

44 comments:

Guinevere said...

What my mom and I observed about Halloween is that so many places have Halloween "events" where kids can make one stop and get tons of candy, that alot of them don't bother to trick or treat anymore...at least here. We live in a relatively small neighborhood and all the neighborhood kids made the rounds. I think we had about 2 dozen kids come to our front door within about 20 minutes. Then it was over. Very weird. There have been alot of Halloweens where we have been gone, helping with some of those aforementioned "events" for the kids. :o) I'm sure your kids had a great time regardless!!! :oD

Kim Woodbridge said...

I think it may be a sign of the economic times. They had a cubicle decorating contest at work and a lot of people were saying they just couldn't afford to buy stuff to participate. As an aside, they also put up flyers saying "Turn Your Cubicle into a Dungeon", which may not have been the best way to get people interested :-) Um, yeah, it already FEELS like a dungeon.

I've stolen all the Kit Kats.

Malathionman said...

Guinevere- I think there are more alternatives available to trick or treaters, but I still like the "old school" way.

Kim- Welcome! I DO feel that money had something to do with it. There were houses that simply had signs on the front door, "no candy."

Kit Kats are a solid choice.

Dave said...

It’s not a big deal where I am in the UK. My of my neighbours are elderly so the kids tend not to come round our way. Even so, I bought a giant bucket of sweet goodness (or badness depending on how you look at it) ready to handout.

Not a single soul called. And now the whole bucket is mine!

Halloween is great!

White Hot Magik said...

There are a lot of one stop events to go to. They were out in droves in my cousins neighborhood where we went. We went through five bags of candy.

Yeah the chocolate constantly disappears from the kids bags, wonder why???

Malathionman said...

Dave- I'm still waiting for that post about you getting back into shape!

Nora- One stop events are cheating!

Dave said...

It's coming v.soon. I'm waiting on someone else before I can move. :)

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