Is it just me or were the Trick or Treaters way down this year? My street has always been a hit or miss so it is hard to tell by our traffic. I took my youngest out for his last year of trick or treating and we ventured off the street as legend has it one of the streets above us does “only big candy bars”. Even off the street for the most part it was lighter traffic than usual.
It was scary seeing the other neighborhoods around me. Barely 1 in 4 homes were handing anything out. Even fewer homes were decorated for the day with mazes, haunted houses or just great yard art. Both a big departure from years past.
While I was pondering what happened I noticed on my facebook feed that a metblog writer in New Orleans, Daneeta Loretta had run a post with a similar observation there titled “Silent Night, Hallow Night”. I guess the economy freak out is much bigger than I thought, certainly much deeper than the signs I see around my little corner of LA.
I heard from my friend Jeff who turns his house into a “haunted house” and he had over 600 kids visit this year. My daughter spent hours in line in Old Pas for a Haunted House there. Old Town Monrovia was packed with kids for their afterschool party that included trick-or-treating. Did everyone shift from door-to-door in favor of those activities?
How was your Trick or Treater traffic? What was your take on the shift in traffic?
(The pic is by me, trusty phone cam, and this year we gave pretzels and I am so glad as I wouldn’t want it to be that much candy left in the house to tempt me).