Where my Trick-or-Treaters at?

darthvader.jpgI live in an apartment, so I didn’t expect a parade of goblins and ghouls. But I thought there would be at least ONE knock on my door. There was last year. I admit it – I’m disappointed. Not least because this pile of Reese’s is fucking with my ability to eat a nutritional breakfast. (Whoops, lunch! Jeez, where’d the morning go?)

In order to cheer myself up, I want you to tell me about your trick-or-treaters. How many did you have? What type of residence do you live in (house, apartment, townhome, etc.)? What neighborhood?

I am in Koreatown/Wilshire Center, in an apartment, and had zero trick-or-treaters.

21 Replies to “Where my Trick-or-Treaters at?”

  1. Oh, I’ll cheer you up, Annika. Want to know how many trick-or-treaters I had last night? Really?

    Zero.

    That’s how many I had. Nada.

    I live on a residential street in Pasadena. All around me people go broke and drown in trick-or-treaters. But for a number of reasons (heavier traffic, for starters) we never get trick-or-treaters on my street.

    I don’t know whether to be relieved or disappointed.

  2. We had eight or ten groups at our house in Historic Filipinotown. Most were one to three kids, but there were a few large groups, and one large group of kids from Belmont High School which was kind of funny.

    I wish it were more reliable. We had a ton of kids our first year here, and almost none last year. Hard to buy candy when you don’t know who to expect!

  3. Where are the kids? They either go to shopping malls or to more wealthier neighborhoods, where there’s bound to be some good stuff. Gone are the days when only the neighborhood kids go trick-or-treating in their vicinity. This is especially true in areas with apartments, especially those that are gated. Around a quarter of the population of the area around the Militant’s compound is under age 18 – so it’s not like there aren’t any kids around.

    The Militant will add that last night he saw more kids go trick-or-treating at his compound than in previous years. In 2005 or 2006, there were like…two the whole night? Last night there were about a dozen total, still pale in comparison to the days when a younger Militant went parading around the neighborhood in search of treats, and get over 30 or 40 visits by trick-or-treaters.

  4. I’m on a residential street in Silver Lake. Our house is one of only two or three others on the block that does any decorating for Halloween and to add to the expectation, this year was our biggest endeavor yet (fog machines, strobe lights, blacklight, tombstones, six-foot floating ghouls, giant spiders, jack o’lanterns.

    To add to the unknown, there aren’t a lot of our neighbors who have kids so there’s no built-in group of trick-or-treaters to expect. Thus every year it’s the same thing: for the first hour after dark or so I get a sinking feeling that all our work will go for nothing. Thankfully, such a discouraging slow start last night gave way to numerous waves of kids from the surrounding blocks, and from between 7:30 – 9 p.m. we had a good turnout: about 80 or so… the same or maybe a little bit higher than last year.

  5. I live in Mt. Washington, I didn’t expect a lot of kids to scale the hill up here but, we did get one group of 4. We (my boyfriend and I) left our front door unlocked thinking more would come (and knock) but, one 6 year old dressed up as spiderman, just WALKED INTO OUR HOUSE, while we were watching 28 weeks later… Scared the bejesus outta me. His dad apologized and as you can imagine it was pretty amusing.

  6. I have lived in my house in Tarzana for 10 years. Our first year there, you could hardly drive down the street because there were so many kids. Every year there has been less and less. Last night we gave away less than a bag of candy (I gave everyone at least 2 pieces) and the crowds were the lightest they have been.
    My friend in Culver City, however, went through 10 bags of candy last night.

  7. I’m on a pretty quiet residential street in outer monrovia above Foothill Blvd.

    A lot of the kids in the area get their fill of treats from the Merchants in Old Town that close off Myrtle Avenue from 2:30 until 6PM. Concurrent to that City Rec has a part of Library Park set up with carny type games and stuff that you can win tickets for…more treats.

    The actual treaters in my hood were down, but I’ve come to expect that on the Tuesday and Wednesdays.

    Last night the 20 or so in the immediate ‘hood started out about 7 or (Daylight savings time coming late this year screwed up the start time). I had my big bag of goodies for them with the big candy bars and a bunch of other stuff.

    At 8PM the 4 van loads with kids south of the freeway showed up to invade as usual. I had buckets of the cheap crap I could dole out by the handful. Those little buggers are vultures I am giving out HANDFULS of the stuff and they are still reaching into the till for more, what’s up with that.

    At 9PM the older kids are showing up and knocking even though all the lights are out. I half heartedly chastise them for being to old to be out and point out they have better mustaches than me. I then give them a handful of the cheap stuff and a bar of soap telling them to knock themselves out at the dipstick next doors yard.

    You sort out what of the above is fact or fiction. I’m still in trick mode.

  8. I live in a four-plex in East Hollywood near LACC and we had _tons_ of kids stop by. We all pooled our candy and threw a party for kids in the backyard (A sign on the front doors directed them to go up the driveway). We had a great time and had at least 200 kids / parents pass by. We ran out of candy early though…

  9. I live in a condo in Santa Monica and we also had ZERO trick or treaters. It’s always disappointing.

    This was the first year that I didn’t even get a bag of candy on the off chance that SOMEONE might come by. No dice. Very sad. When I was a kid I went to every single door, man, every one.

  10. I live in Koreatown as well and had one lone trick or treater in our apartment building, out with (I think) his big sister. I didn’t actually get to see him though, because when he rang the doorbell, my dog barked and scared him so much he ran around the corner!

  11. They were all in Burbank!

    EEPS – we were at a party in the Rancho (near Disney) and the streets were CRAWLING with kids. Lots of great haunted houses too, by the way.

    Once again, Burbank lives up to its slogan: “Burbank – Where It’s At!”

  12. Much less than previous years here in sunset junction. Maybe 10 groups, some of those with 10 kids, some with 2? Weird because in years past I’ve run out of candy. The past two years there have been noticeably less. Parties? Better neighborhoods? Neighbors with the lights out? Weekday? Not sure.

  13. Last night I gave out 666 pieces of chocolate (OK, maybe not 666, but over 600) and when that ran out, I gave them bottles of water (which surprisingly was a hit).

    Highland Park is where it’s at! We had over 400 kids, teenagers, and even adults without children. And I give them all candy regardless, because I remember those years being like Annika, living Hancock Park adjacent, and waiting in vain for trick-or-treaters, as they all blew past our decorated abode headed for the magical candy mansions of Hancock Park.

  14. Last night I gave out 666 pieces of chocolate (OK, maybe not 666, but over 600) and when that ran out, I gave them bottles of water (which surprisingly was a hit).

    Highland Park is where it’s at! We had over 400 kids, teenagers, and even adults without children. And I give them all candy regardless, because I remember those years being like Annika, living Hancock Park adjacent, and waiting in vain for trick-or-treaters, as they all blew past our decorated abode headed for the magical candy mansions of Hancock Park.

  15. Burbank homeowner near Disney Studios. 2 doorbell rings; approx. 8 kids. ALL SAID “THANK YOU!” I’m going to put the leftover candy on Craig’s List.

  16. We had tons of kids and parents at our overly decorated just off Sunset Blvd, sunset junction neighborhood home. Many were kids and families we know from the neighborhood and Michelotena school were our daughter goes.
    I tock our daughter trick or treating. we started out with 3 of her friends and one other mom. along the way we picked up about 15 more kids and 5 or so more parents and became one big mob. We went mostly to the shops on Sunset Blvd and the houses/ apartments with in a block of Sunset (due to the dark streets and the hills and the dogs, most parents like thier kids to stay close to Sunset). Lots of fun, lots of candy, 2 tooth brushes from the two denists on Sunset Blvd, chicken legs from El Pollo Loco, suish for the parents from the suish place. batteries from Raido Shack and we were even offered free kittens from one of the stores (I was the only mom who tock a kitten)

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