Gut Rumbles

October 31, 2004

What has changed?

I did not have any trick-or-treaters visit my house tonight. I was ready, with my porch light on a a big bowl of candy near the door. I kept waiting to hear giggles and running footsteps in the yard right before my doorbell rang, but that never happened.

Twice, I went outside to check the street and I never saw kids running from door-to-door anywhere. I had a good turnout last year, and I was looking forward to seeing all the costumes again this year. But they didn't show up. Not a single one.

I'm kinda depressed by that.


It wasn't just your neighborhood, Rob.

We usually give out three or four dozen candy bars (we give out full sized bars at my house).

This year's count? 19.

And it was 60 degrees tonight - much better than the usual 20 degrees when I was out trick-or-treating...

Posted by: Jay G on October 31, 2004 10:26 PM

Gee. I can't understand that. I'm sure those parents didn't say ANYTHING to their kids about staying away from the stigmatized property Smith residence.

Posted by: Velociman on October 31, 2004 10:33 PM

I had the same experience here. Had about 40 kids last year and one group of three tonight. What gives?

Posted by: mal on October 31, 2004 10:50 PM

I'm sending you a picture of my little one dressed up. Guess who she is dressed up as.

Posted by: Becky on October 31, 2004 10:52 PM

I have my door posted "Illness, please do not disturb" because I am having trouble getting around. (I really DID have gut rumblesm to the tune of major surgery). But my sliding glass door is open for ventilation, and I have heard TWO groups of kids come through the apartment building. Just two. Very unlike last year.


Posted by: the friendly grizzly on October 31, 2004 10:57 PM

We've seen the trick or treating in our neighborhood dwindle each year. It is sad!

Posted by: Christine on October 31, 2004 11:26 PM

I blame it on being Sunday Night. Lots of the usual trick'r treaters were trapped in church tonight doing the alternative Halloween thing, I'd be willing to bet.

Poor kids. I took Anna out though. She cleaned up!

Posted by: Mamamontezz on October 31, 2004 11:37 PM

I think MamaM is right. Especially in places where church is important.....

We had a total of 6, only 2 of which actually live near us.

Not to mention that a lot of parents are also probably worried about random acts of terrorism.

Posted by: caltechgirl on October 31, 2004 11:48 PM

We had a pretty good turnout. We have a few candy bars left over out of three bags. We live in a pretty densely populated community, though, so it's not surprising. The weather was great. It was cold, but not raining as it often does on Halloween up here in the Pacific Northwet.

Posted by: RadarRider on November 1, 2004 12:55 AM

I didn't get any either, but I usually don't. I think my house looks too scary. Probably less trick or treating going on in general though, with the things they do in churches and malls and whatnot now.

Posted by: Dave Munger on November 1, 2004 01:11 AM

I had only one group come through and they stopped at my old apartment as I was loading stuff into my car to bring to the new place. I didn't have a damn thing to give them as I wasn't expecting to see any trick-or-treaters at the old place. I felt like such an asshole and still do. I used to hate that sort of thing when I was a kid.

Posted by: zonker on November 1, 2004 01:44 AM

We had four times more than we did last year.
Even ran out of candy.
My son went with his Big Sister to the church thing,but my wife and I stayed home.
Of course,Last year we got the first rainstorm of the year on halloween,and this year was clear and cool,so maybe the better weather helped.

Posted by: Stavanzer on November 1, 2004 01:56 AM

We had More chillins than any year in this house,(7yrs,). I had to raid my daughter's candy stash to keep the bowl from running empty.
We have a bowl with a talking hand that bends down when a child tries to take a candy's a gas!

Rob, did that medical lecture include the term pancreatitus? Hmmmmmm??

Posted by: wes jackson on November 1, 2004 02:19 AM

We didn't have one youngun knock on the door! Of course, we live in the country and almost never do. But I still buy candy, just in case! The good stuff, too, coz I have to eat it between halloween and thanksgiving,,,no wonder i gain weight in the winter! It's all the neighborhood kids' fault, the little shits!

Posted by: Michele on November 1, 2004 04:51 AM

We never get trick or treaters in the building I live in but last night there were several. Thankfully I always buy candy...just in case.

Posted by: Chablis on November 1, 2004 06:17 AM

We had our usual 300 and STILL had to turn the lights off before they were done.

Posted by: Ronda on November 1, 2004 07:34 AM

Remember when you could give out actually good food, ie apples, oranges, etc.? We live in a world where the monsters are real, not imaginary, where fun has to be purchased through a ticket booth, where the bad guys live free and good citizens lock themselves up for safety............and you can't let your kids trick or treat for fear some bastard will poison them or kidnap and rape them or a dickless gang banger will shoot them for "hustling MY hood".

If you ever need assistance with your selective genocide, I'll load, you shoot.

Posted by: Gary on November 1, 2004 08:39 AM

We had a bunch of kids throughthe neighborhood but then our Beggars Night was Thursday.

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip on November 1, 2004 09:24 AM

Just another sign of the times we live in. We have become a second class country.

Posted by: James Old Guy on November 1, 2004 10:10 AM

I did not dress up any of the cats.

Posted by: Laurence Simon on November 1, 2004 01:04 PM

You people must not have heard the news....this year Trick or Treat was on Saturday night (30th)
And for you whiners out there talking about how society is nowadays, here's you a quote you can chew on:

Posted by: BUCK on November 1, 2004 01:39 PM


Trick or Treat was NOT on Saturday night where I live. Hence the 300 plus children I had on my doorstep last night.

Posted by: Ronda on November 1, 2004 03:16 PM

Had but 2 of the little beggars here last night. The Sunday schedule & increasing popularity of group/"safe" Halloween parties had much to do with it. It's no longer like when we were kids in the '50s: fill up a brown grocery store bag 2 or 3 times, only to have Dad pirate all the "good stuff"!!

Posted by: Hap Arnold on November 1, 2004 05:09 PM

We had about 20 kids show up last night. But here's my WTF? question: since when did kids stop trying at Halloween? Fully 15 of the kids weren't even in a damned costume! I had one little social-retard chatting on her cell phone while demanding candy from me, fer Chrissake. I was a little to gobsmacked this year to respond, but next year the rule at Casa Del Scott is "No costume, no candy." And if another little shit shows up with a Nokia stuck to her head,... well, I don't know what I'll do. Something to embarrass her probably.

Posted by: Scott on November 1, 2004 06:03 PM

We had far fewer than last year, when we had to run out for more candy. This year the excess Milky Ways will be going to my hips.

Posted by: Nancy Beckmann on November 1, 2004 06:12 PM

Hey Rob, I got all YOUR trick or treaters. First year in my new house in Georgetown area, and there were over 60 kids in under one hour. I finally had to shut the lights...felt bad, as I wanted to be known as one of the "good" houses in the neighborhood.

Posted by: Heather on November 1, 2004 06:31 PM

I was wondering when the PC factor would set in, along with the violence of the fucknozzle Dimocrats against anything remotely conservative. Would you let your kids out with all the wacos out there running around loose?

Posted by: Vulgorilla on November 1, 2004 08:02 PM

Oh, gosh, remember home-made popcorn balls? Sometimes you got reallly lucky and they were made from Caramel Corn, and sometimes they were made with marshmellow? The little old ladies would make them and put them in waxpaper bags so they wouldn't stick, and they were sooo good.

What a shame folks can't do that any more. You can't even do that and send them to school with your own kid for the classroom, because everything has to be commercially made and sealed. I don't know if Anna has even had a home-made popcorn ball. I find that terribly sad.

Posted by: Mamamontezz on November 1, 2004 10:27 PM

On the flip side of the coin, we live in the country so no kids ever venture out here. But I take the little one into town so she can go door to door. The thing was, so many streets were dark!! She was so disappointed. After an hour and a half, she had just a little pile of candy; nothing like when I was a kid. Shoot, you go all out and get the kid the costume of her dreams and then only one in every 7 or 8 houses even passes out candy. What a bummer.

Posted by: Kate on November 2, 2004 05:58 PM

I was really dissapointed at the turnout in Reno- we live in a kid-filled neighborhood, so I bought 10 pounds of candy. Less than 30 kids came by. I was bummed out. What was odd, to me was that 6 separate carloads of black kids drove into the neighborhood, let out all the kids, went ONLY to apartments or houses with black families, got back in the cars and left. What the hell was wrong with MY free candy? What was wrong with the candy my Mex neghbors were handing out?
I just don't get it.

Posted by: Brian on November 2, 2004 06:34 PM
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