Dead Halloween

Well that was the deadest Halloween ever! The grand total number of kids who knocked on my door to say “Trick or treat” was zero. That’s right, a big goose egg. I have never had a year when I had zero knocks on the door at Halloween. At first, I thought maybe my outside light wasn’t on but that was not the case. The weather wasn’t bad either, a bit cold but not raining.

I had purchased a big box of 100 chocolate bars to pass out this Halloween. I guess I’m going to be eating all by myself. I hope that you had more kids knocked on your door than I did.

19 thoughts on “Dead Halloween”

  1. Bob says:

    (Dallas, TX …) We had one group of 3 kids, and one group of 3 teenagers … who I begged not to egg my house. 🙂

    It’s a sad end of an era.

  2. Leftblank says:

    Zero here as well, but that might as well just be because it’s not celebrated here in Europe – except for a few cities 😉

  3. Ian says:

    About normal here, but then we live on a court in a residential neighbourhood in a small community.

  4. Brad says:

    I live in a residential neighborhood also and we only had 2 kids. I just don’t think the holiday is celebrated much anymore. I hate seeing that. It’s such a fun holiday too! 🙁

  5. Alek says:

    I bet there’s a trick-or-treating social network startup somewhere..

  6. Matthew says:

    Zero here too. I think it’s been zero for the last 2 years.

  7. hmm.. seems like technological advances are taking over customs & relegion. Thats one think, I am proud of as Asians.

    Whatever maybe the condition, whereever might we get stuck, we still manage to gettogether and celebrate even mini-malist festives.

  8. Emperor says:

    I have to confess. When those annoying kids come knocking on my door I just ignore them and kept on doing what ever I was doing.

  9. Chris says:

    Ha! I win – 15 at my house!

  10. Char says:

    Zero here, too. But we haven’t had one trick or treater in 10 years. For this reason, we take our kids to a friend’s rocking neighborhood, where they take the kids by hay wagon from house to house and the parents all walk and chat along the way. When the group gets near your house, you run ahead, get the bag of candy from the mailbox and pass it out. We had fun.

  11. Ian says:

    Because we’re a small town in the midst of a lot of countryside, we actually get lots of people driving their kids into our neighbourhood to go trick or treating.

  12. derrich says:

    Well, we had quite a few. But it wasn’t nearly as busy as past years. And the traffic was sporatic. Last year, I just left my door open to greet the kids. This year, I could close my door and I got to watch SMU vs. UAB in a rare Monday night college football performance. Definitely a weird night.

  13. Ed Holtzman says:

    We had zero just as we’ve had zero for the past 3 years. Interestingly I had to run to a local store which meant a drive through the lower-income ethnic neighborhood of town and saw tons of little trick-or-treaters out and about there. Strange

  14. Nat says:

    45 kids in 3 hours! I wore out my joke holding out a fruit bowl and saying “sorry, we only have apples left.” Then I whipped out the candy bowl. Not one kid laughed, but several lurking parents did.

  15. HMTKSteve says:

    I live in a small rural town and I got plenty of kids coming by.

    We also have the occasional car load of “foreign” kids who come for trick-or-treating.

    For the most part, it’s local kids that we have known since they were born… yep, I live in THAT sort of small rural town!

  16. Johan says:

    You should see Burkesville (Sea Island at Vancouver International Airport). There were so many trick-or-treaters that I could hardly drive on the road.

  17. alek says:

    I’d estimate more than 200 of ’em … heck, if you want to do the count yourself and see ’em, I had three live webcams running … so check out the time-lapse video at

    Needless to say, a ton of fun – sorry you got turfed John.

  18. Steve says:

    They were too busy reading your blog to come out?

  19. Halloween’s celebrated much less in europe. Maybe trick or treating has become a thing of the past in wealthier areas.

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