Friday, October 31st, 2008
9:34 pm - Halloween  
Weird night, treat-giving-wise. Got 27 kids in two widely spaced waves. Had 16 from about 6:45 to 7:00, in five clumps and a single. Then nothing more until about 7:45 when the rest came in two clumps. The last one was some kids pushing high school age. I turned off the lights at eight.

Lots of Star Wars costumes. The most adorable kid was the kindergarten-age little boy in a Flash costume who was the only non-clump. Just him and his parents. I'm pretty sure it was his first time knocking on the doors on his own. Very shy.

One thing I wound up doing differently this year than in the past was that I handed out the treats rather than letting the kids select their own from the bowl. I always did that because I always liked choosing when I was a kid. There are a couple of problems with that, though. Giving them the option seems to stun the kids. They don't know how to react. Plus, most of the kids are standing there holding their bags open with both hands, so then they have to figure out what to do with the bag. Still, I always felt it was worth it. Tonight though, when I offered the first kid to show up his choice from the bowl, he scooped up about five candy bars. I made him put a couple back, and admonished his clumpmates to take only one. After that I handed the candy out.

It's not that I mind when a kid takes an extra. I certainly way had more than enough. But lets not be piggy about it.