Post # 1
We bought our suburban home in May, so this is our first Halloween in it. We’ve never had trick-or-treaters before (woo apartments) and are wondering what to expect.
1. What urban area do you live outside of?
2. How big is your subdivision?
3. What time do you start getting trick-or-treaters?
4. What time do they end?
5. How many candy pieces do you go through?
Ranges are helpful.
We live in a DC suburb with 400-500 sf homes. Our development is not particularly accessible to very many houses outside the immediate development.
Post # 3
I live in NJ, 15 minutes from Philly, 10 minutes from Camden.
We live in a historic “small town” type area, with 2,000-3,000sf homes.
This year our trick or treating was moved to Saturday due to Hurricane Sandy, and it will be from 1-5. It’s normally from 3-5 then 6-8 on weeknights. Your town should have some type of posting or something if they have a website or you can call your municiple building. I stop answering after 8.
I go through a TON of candy. Seriously, a TON. I think last year we went through 12-15 bags with hardly any left over. It’s really hard to gauge until you’ve been there a few years. I’d buy extra and just make sure you like it, in case it’s left over! Or…as the night goes on (this is what I do) when it gets late, I just tell kids to take a handful (or two). I don’t need all those leftovers!
Post # 4
I live in a suburb of Cleveland. My subdivision has about 200 homes but few kids. However many people drive their kids here from other neighborhoods.
My city has a designated trick or treat time, from 6-8. It was supposed to be tonight but was re-scheduled for this weekend due to the weather. You may want to check your city or HOA rules.
Last year I bought about 10 pounds of fun size candy and give each kid 4-5 pieces(I tell the kids they can take a handful, but their hands are pretty small). We probably get about 75-100 kids.
If you think you’ll have leftover candy, make sure to buy stuff you like or can use in baking (like m&m’s).
Post # 5
Eep you guys are scaring me. Each of our neighbors we’ve met has 3-5 kids living in their home. I was thinking 2 bags would be enough. We’ll have to contact our HOA and see if there are designated hours… I’ve never heard that before.
Post # 6
Before you go to buy a lot of candy, check local postings for anything that says “Trunk or Treat” etc. I’m not sure how widespread the trend is but the idea was created to keep kids safe in not so nice areas and it is now spread to a lot of towns even nice, affluent ones as parents can keep an eye on their kids. Parents all meet in church or school parking lots, decorate the trunk of their cars and hand out candy. If that’s the case then you won’t be getting a lot of kids in the neighborhood knocking on doors and ringing doorbells.
We are literally just a street over from the next town and we don’t see many kids and I attribute it to the above with the trunk or treating trend.
Post # 7
We just bought our suburban home outside Atlanta in March so this is also our first year expecting trick-or-treaters (since none came to apartments). We live in a pretty small neighborhood (maybe 35-40 homes) but there are a TON of young families with kids so I’m expecting a lot of trick-or-treaters. I bought 3 of the giant bags of candy.
Post # 8
I live outside of Philly. Most of the area is single homes or twins. We get A LOT of kids and go through about 10 lbs of candy. We will not be giving candy out this year as we were preparing for the Hurricane and sadly, candy buying got pushed aside. Trick or Treating is still tonight YEAH !!! We cannot wait to take our boys out tonight !