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My husband and I are sitting here waiting for the doorbell to start ringing. Before the nearby park started a 'walk-around-the-lake' trick or treat night, we'd have as many as 225 trick or treaters - fewer now. I grew up in the 50's - imagine, full-size candy bars and no need to check for mischief concealed in the treats. In many ways they were the good old days. Hope you get a good haunting tonight :0)


I grew up in the '60s. I think that's when the "fun size" candy bar was invented. My parents were the kind who checked in the '50s, too, though, for the other kids. My parents believed in the existence of evil people bent on doing harm to little children long before this was the norm.

We got a few trick-or-treaters here this week, but not enough. It's funny what a difference one town over can make. It took five years in our previous town to attract them. In this town, we had a couple last year, a few this year. I've never seen anything like 225 as an adult, though, not even in those towns where the stores host trick-or-treating through the commerce district sort of like your town's walk around the lake. It is a very unusual year for me to give away a whole bag of candy.

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