November 02, 2006
The scene at Halloween

I mentioned before how busy our house gets on Halloween. Here's a picture to show you what it's like:

That was at about 7:30. We had over 500 sets of Mardi Gras beads to give away, and we were wiped clean by just after 8 PM. At least this year, nobody knocked after we went inside and turned out the porch lights.

Also for your viewing pleasure:

Olivia in her costume.

Olivia scoring her first treat of the evening.

Our neighbors take Halloween seriously.


This one's a little dark, but another way of measuring how busy our neighborhood gets during Halloween is by the opportunist capitalists who show up for the evening.

How was your Halloween?

Posted by Charles Kuffner on November 02, 2006 to See, I do have a life! | TrackBack

I was telling a friend yesterday about my fond memories of handing out treats at your old house on Bayland.

We can't wait to come home and see you guys again.

Posted by: Ginger Stampley on November 2, 2006 7:38 AM

That crowd is insane! Cute pictures of your daughter, by the way.

Posted by: SuperWow! on November 2, 2006 9:57 AM

The Dallas trick or treating is much lighter, although we had to bust some teenagers who took most of the candy that we had set out... for Jessie's costume. Jacob's is

Posted by: Kevin Jones on November 2, 2006 9:58 AM

One local talk radio station had a fixation of notifying much too frequently to all sex-offenders to keep their porch lights off.

Because of their constant reminders I concluded that this was a favorite radio station for sex-offenders and sex-offenders lived in houses with porch lights off.

Posted by: Charles Hixon on November 2, 2006 2:52 PM

Such a cute kiddo, and smart to endorse Ellen!

Posted by: Bill on November 2, 2006 6:55 PM

Wow, we went through 3 large bags of candy in our China Spring neighborhood (suburban Waco) but nothing like that. My wife manned the door with the baby and I took the 3 and 8 year old girls out for trick-or-treating.

Best stop of the evening was one of our neighbors on our block who had set up this candlelit pathway with hundreds of citronella candles back to their magnificent pool area where they had a nice fire going in their outdoor fireplace. They had sticks for roasting marshmallows for the kids and were serving wine to the adults. My kids didn't want to leave they were having so much fun roasting marshmallows and the wine was a very nice Merlot. Very nice stop-over for a Halloween evening. The rest of the neighborhood was the typical fare.

I was astonished by how much candy my kids collected. Seems it isn't enough to just throw candy in their bags. In my neighborhood (which is rather upscale) the neighbors are now making gift bags full of candy to hand out. So instead of a little mini candy bar like we got as kids, they go to a house and get this complete gift bag with 5-10 different pieces of candy inside, all nicely wrapped in halloween-themed wrapping like a birthday party favor bag. Maybe it's because we are a gated community so only local kids are out and about so they go more overboard. I don't know.

Last Halloween we were in Chile visiting family where it's become all the rage. Another Americanization of holidays I guess. Used to be they just celebrated the day of the dead (Todos Santos) on Nov 1. Now it's a full-blown American Halloween.

Posted by: Kent on November 2, 2006 8:41 PM