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  •  I lost interest when a teenager came onto the (16+ / 0-)

    porch and stole the container of candy. I almost stopped him, but he dragged me down the front steps and got away.  I didn't really mind the candy, but he took my beautiful big stainless steel colander. I've never found one I liked as much and he ruined the holiday for me. The bruises faded but the spirit just never returned.

    When I moved a few years later, it was to a "destination" street in the village. I estimate that 400-500 children visited and that is way too many to ignore; so I treated.  It was not something I put effort into, and the best part was having candy left over to treat my classes the next day.

    Now that I live outside of the village, I leave the lights off, pull the shades and make sure my basement cats are safely inside. What a relief.

    Please donate to Okiciyap food pantry. . If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.

    by weck on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 06:13:38 PM PDT

    •  We drive around (14+ / 0-)

      and watch the little kids having fun, kind of like when we go around looking at Christmas displays.

      When I was tiny, some folks in the old neighborhood used to have a party on their flagstone patio. They had one of those brick fireplaces on which they would roast hotdogs and marshmallows. They made spiced cider and had an apple-ducking tub, and they gave away homemade taffy wrapped in orange waxed paper, homemade donuts and caramel apples. I was about 7 when some toughs came and pushed people around, stole everything and broke some stuff. That was it--the Grigsbys never had another party. I still get wistful when I drive by that house on an autumn evening.

      •  How cruel to destroy a neighborhood tradition. (4+ / 0-)

        My bad experience came when I lived on the main street of a small city.  We rarely kept the gate open because of the constant foot traffic. My young child chased the teenager for quite a while, but couldn't find them.  I'm glad, they might have hurt him too.  

        In the village I felt safe again, and there was some stubborn egg on the brick, so I knew that kids would trick if they didn't get treats.  I gave away a lot of budget candy, making my best effort to save the skittles for my H.S. students. It was safer because there were so many parents with their kids and almost every house on the street participated, lots of lights, lots of eyes.

        Please donate to Okiciyap food pantry. . If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.

        by weck on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 06:31:40 AM PDT

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    •  We found out it can be a big difference street (10+ / 0-)

      to street in my town. 2 blocks up, people get 40 kids, we got none last year and 4 the year and never more than 10. I think because our street is a dead end and kids do not venture down far enough. But I wish they would..I love the holiday.  

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      by wishingwell on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 02:24:20 AM PDT

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      •  People would drive their kids to our street in the (2+ / 0-)
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        village.  The street was pretty long, almost everyone decorated and treated and because it was on a hill, most kids were both satisfied and tired after only one street, so the parents could go home.  The Village had a costume parade, then the families would head for the "candy neighborhoods" The littlest kids would be there early, so they didn't get trampled.

        Please donate to Okiciyap food pantry. . If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.

        by weck on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 06:36:51 AM PDT

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