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In related news, we have had no trick-or-treaters yet ... .   D-:

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jinxaire
Oct. 31st, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
Neato! I especially like the one on the bottom - he's cute.

Yeah, I've noticed that the number of trick-or-treaters in my area seems to have steadily declined over the years. Makes it feel like a dying holiday around here.
chomiji
Oct. 31st, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)

We started getting some more after I posted!

I think the people with really wee kids don't know us (our daughter is in high school), so we had to wait for older kids to start coming.

geri
Oct. 31st, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Now those are just the cutest Jack o Laterns i've seen.
chomiji
Oct. 31st, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)

I'm so glad you like them! My daughter did the little one.

blackmagie
Oct. 31st, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
I've had... one. Is trick or treating a dying custom? D:
chomiji
Oct. 31st, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)

Turns out my timing was off - once the grade-school-or-older kids starting coming around, we started getting customers.

The Young Lady has decided to take a break from her college applications to sit outside with the candy bowl, and that seems to be increasing traffic too.

fmanalyst
Oct. 31st, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
I still have a few. I'm sick so I set out a bowl of candy. I think the reason it's declining is that fear has led to organized trick or treats by churches and downtown associations.
chomiji
Oct. 31st, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)

I have my doubts that in our hippie-dippie neighborhood, organized activities would take precedence over door-to-door (although things like the bazaar and father-daughter dance at the open-minded Presbyterian church in the heart of town are usually well-attended). It looks like it was just that my timing is off - we don't know the people with the really tiny kids, so they weren't coming to our house. But now that the older kids are out, we're getting some.

7veilsphaedra
Oct. 31st, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
We're having a lantern walk and samba procession in the city instead. There will probably be some street festival style performances—fire dancers and stilt-walkers, etc.. Where I live, the driveways are dark and secluded, lined with tall evergreens, and people never know how long they will have to walk before they reach an actual dwelling. The only trick-or-treaters we've ever gotten were the children of friends. So we partake in community-sponsored activities.
chomiji
Oct. 31st, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)

We have a pretty close community with old-style houses near walkable sidewalks, so the house-to-house tradition persists. (Also, we're notoriously free-spirited ... there was a costume parade for little kids in Old Town this afternoon, but the wandering around after dark in costumes thing is right down our alley.)

It turns out I was just too impatient - once it was time for the older kids to be out, we started getting customers.

smillaraaq
Nov. 1st, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
I'm so sad...this is the first year at this place that I've actually been home on time and armed myself with candy and lights and all, so of course it's raining, and zero kiddies so far. I'm even all vamped out and put Miss B. in her fairy princess tutu...oh well, at least we've amused a few passers-by when they spot us during walkie breaks... :(
avierra
Nov. 1st, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Hehe! You should post a picture! I imagine she looks divine :D
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avierra
Nov. 1st, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
This is the third year here w/o tricky treaters. They go to the apartment complex, or down in the subdivision down the street. I live on a hill, and I guess it is a little too daunting. ;_;
chomiji
Nov. 1st, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)

Oh pooh! What are today's youth coming to, that they can't climb a hill for Halloween candy!

>hugs!<

blue_hobbit
Nov. 1st, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
Oh wow, your pumpkins are great! Happy Halloween!
chomiji
Nov. 1st, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)

Aww, I'm glad you like them! The Young Lady did the little one.

lady_ganesh
Nov. 1st, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
Nice!

We had three. To be fair, some of that is because we were out and about with Little Miss, but still....
chomiji
Nov. 1st, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)

I'm happy you like them!

So you take her out together? When the Young Lady was a small thing (and before we moved here), one would stay home (usually the Mr.) and mind the door, and the other would take her around.

This year, she did most of the door-minding herself as a break from college essays. (The previous couple of years, she and her best friend dressed up and took the best friend's little brother around.)

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the_resa
Nov. 1st, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)
I bow to your pumpkiny greatness
chomiji
Nov. 2nd, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)

Awwww, thanks! Actually, my daughter did the little one.

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theloomofmoira
Nov. 1st, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
love the pumpkins- especially the deviousness of the one on the bottom. XD

chomiji
Nov. 2nd, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)

The Young Lady did that little one! She didn't carve all the way through on some parts - she scraped them until they were thin enough for the candle to shine through.

estara
Nov. 1st, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
I like the small one best, too.

I also like - from the various comments here - that most people only trick-or-treat where they know people. Halloween isn't a German tradition but like most other nifty stuff (except for Thanksgiving and 4th of July) we've got all the paraphernalia here (although our traditional season for dressing up is carneval in February).

Either you get no kids or any - never mind people you know. They only come with their parents, as well (which is probably a good idea considering they don't know who will open the door as they ring wherever they please).

Last year no one came and I had to eat my candy alone, this year there were two boys on my entrance video screen, but I had no candy on offer - someone else from the apartments let them in and hopefully gave them some candy.
chomiji
Nov. 2nd, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)

It's true that people usually go where they know at least some of the residents, but actually, we're thought of a safe neighborhood that way, and some parents from farther into the city bring their kids out here to trick-or-treat.

Children under 10 or so usually come with their parents (or elder siblings), but older than that, they just go in groups, usually with at least a couple of cellphones per group.

Most of our candy got passed out to the trick-or-treaters, but some was left to be eaten by my daughter, who made herself ill. (At least, I'm assuming that's what did it.)

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