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    I thought I'd toss in a light topic.

    Here are a couple of my annual trick or treating debates that seem to crop up for discussion:

    1)Do you take your kids trick or treating on Halloween?

    2)If so, what time do you start out? (Earlier than dusk? Later?)

    3)Dinner before or after? (Also, do you have a *traditional* meal?)


    On the "giving" end:

    4)Do you and your partner both take the kids or one stay behind to give out candy?

    5)When do you "close" / end? When the candy runs out or at a certain hour?


    Feel free to add your own questions in.

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    1)Do you take your kids trick or treating on Halloween? This year it will be just me taking the boys out, since dh works at night.

    2)If so, what time do you start out? (Earlier than dusk? Later? Normally we start about 4:30 or so. I'm helping at my youngest son's Halloween party at school, and then I'll have to go back in to work for a bit.

    3)Dinner before or after? (Also, do you have a *traditional* meal?) The last couple of years I'd whip up some chili in the crockpot before heading out to trick or treat, and now the boys are requesting it. So I guess we do have a "traditional" meal now .


    On the "giving" end:

    4)Do you and your partner both take the kids or one stay behind to give out candy? When the boys were younger we'd both take them out, so we would leave a bowl of candy on the steps. Last year dh stayed home to pass out candy and I went with the boys. Since he'll be at work this year I'll just leave a bowl out again.

    5)When do you "close" / end? When the candy runs out or at a certain hour? We usually end about 7:30 or so, but we also don't get very many trick or treaters.
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    1)Do you take your kids trick or treating on Halloween?
    Yes. Trick or treating is a big deal for MIL so she does a big trick or treating party for the kids.


    2)If so, what time do you start out? (Earlier than dusk? Later?)
    We start about 6ish.

    3)Dinner before or after? (Also, do you have a *traditional* meal?)
    Dinner before. We have hotdogs and cupcakes.


    On the "giving" end:

    4)Do you and your partner both take the kids or one stay behind to give out candy?
    MIL hands out the candy.

    5)When do you "close" / end? When the candy runs out or at a certain hour?
    When MIL gets tired.
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    1)Do you take your kids trick or treating on Halloween? Yes

    2)If so, what time do you start out? (Earlier than dusk? Later?) Around 6ish. I have to work until 6 tomorrow so maybe 615.

    3)Dinner before or after? (Also, do you have a *traditional* meal?) Before (my mom is feeding them for me this time) no traditional meal.


    On the "giving" end:

    4)Do you and your partner both take the kids or one stay behind to give out candy? We leave a bowl out. We have hardly any trick or treaters in our neighborhood...we come back to full bowl.

    5)When do you "close" / end? When the candy runs out or at a certain hour? about 8-830

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    1)Do you take your kids trick or treating on Halloween?Yes, at the mall, and too a few houses

    2)If so, what time do you start out? (Earlier than dusk? Later?)The mall is earlier in the afternoon, and then we wait until after dark. But it is dark really early this time of year, so 6ish

    3)Dinner before or after? (Also, do you have a *traditional* meal?)Depends. After the mall but before door to door


    On the "giving" end:

    4)Do you and your partner both take the kids or one stay behind to give out candy?We normally both go, but the baby is too young this year (it is -20 with a good two feet of snow on the ground), so I will be staying home. We never get kids at our house though, so I didnt even buy candy so I wont eat it

    5)When do you "close" / end? When the candy runs out or at a certain hour?


    Feel free to add your own questions in.
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    1)Do you take your kids trick or treating on Halloween? No. We do not live in a very safe area. We do however go to several churches in the area that have Trunk R Treat. It is super fun.

    2)If so, what time do you start out? (Earlier than dusk? Later?)
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    3)Dinner before or after? (Also, do you have a *traditional* meal?)
    N/A

    On the "giving" end:

    4)Do you and your partner both take the kids or one stay behind to give out candy?
    A lot of years the Trunk R Treat is not actually on the 31st, so on that day we stay home and give out candy. This year, Trunk R Treat is on the 31st, so we will give out candy before we go and when we get back.

    5)When do you "close" / end? When the candy runs out or at a certain hour?
    We normally turn our light out at 9, but we have had people still coming at 10:30 before. We normally have to turn all the lights in the house off and watch TV in the dark to get people to stop coming. Our neighbors across the street do full blown decorations with a cemitary in their yard so we get a lot of Trick R Treaters. At least 100.



    Quote Originally Posted by ftmom View Post
    4)Do you and your partner both take the kids or one stay behind to give out candy?We normally both go, but the baby is too young this year (it is -20 with a good two feet of snow on the ground), so I will be staying home. We never get kids at our house though, so I didnt even buy candy so I wont eat it
    Yikes! That is cold!

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    1)Do you take your kids trick or treating on Halloween? I do! We didn't get to go when I was little, so I make sure they do!

    2)If so, what time do you start out? (Earlier than dusk? Later?) Here, it's a really good safe area, so the trick or treating is usually at 6 and lasts till 8ish or so.

    3)Dinner before or after? (Also, do you have a *traditional* meal?) We don't have anything we usually do. I do something fast, or a crock pot dinner because I work until 430.




    4)Do you and your partner both take the kids or one stay behind to give out candy? We usually all go, because the kids were little. This year Megan wants to take Marcus herself. (she's 12) I think Tom and I will stay home and they'll try that.

    5)When do you "close" / end? When the candy runs out or at a certain hour? We'll be done at 9 probly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ftmom View Post
    1)4)Do you and your partner both take the kids or one stay behind to give out candy?We normally both go, but the baby is too young this year (it is -20 with a good two feet of snow on the ground), so I will be staying home. We never get kids at our house though, so I didnt even buy candy so I wont eat it
    I will never forget the year growing up in Montana that that we waded through snow to go Trick-or-Treating . We were dedicated! It was so hard opening our bags and putting the candy in with mittens on, and we kept having to pull our masks up because our breath would frost them over. Our parents never came with us though I grew up in a tiny town with less than 500 people and everyone knew everyone so we were allowed to go by ourselves(in a group of course).
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    Quote Originally Posted by MissyJ View Post
    I thought I'd toss in a light topic.

    Here are a couple of my annual trick or treating debates that seem to crop up for discussion:

    1)Do you take your kids trick or treating on Halloween? Yes

    2)If so, what time do you start out? (Earlier than dusk? Later?) Dusk-ish. It's dark here pretty early, so we're usually out by 6.

    3)Dinner before or after? (Also, do you have a *traditional* meal?) The kids will eat a light supper before. They're way too jacked up to eat a full meal.


    On the "giving" end:

    4)Do you and your partner both take the kids or one stay behind to give out candy? I take the kids and DH hands out candy

    5)When do you "close" / end? When the candy runs out or at a certain hour? The stream of kids usually just peters out after a couple hours. Lots of itty bitty kids in our hood. Not many teens so it's all over by 9 usually.


    Feel free to add your own questions in.
    Do you give candy out to older kids who are just holding a pillow case and have no costume?

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    1)Do you take your kids trick or treating on Halloween? We tend to divide and conquer. Our college age sons take out the older "littles" -- 8 to 12. Dh normally takes the younger set, but this year I'll be on that duty as he's on crutches. His plan (depending on weather) is to take my normal role to hand out candy.

    2)If so, what time do you start out? (Earlier than dusk? Later?) Around 5 we go to my parents for photos and to "trick or treat" there and their older neighbors that want to see all the kids. We then head back home and they head out about 6:15 - 6:30 p.m. The older ones go to more houses and stay out longer than the younger set -- not because they want the candy, but they love the fun.

    3)Dinner before or after? (Also, do you have a *traditional* meal?) Normally, we have homemade pizzas that I prepare as they are coming back. This year, however, we are doing a crockpot meal since I'll be out.


    On the "giving" end:

    4)Do you and your partner both take the kids or one stay behind to give out candy? Answered above. One stays behind.

    5)When do you "close" / end? When the candy runs out or at a certain hour? We try to end around 8 - 9 p.m. depending on how many kids are out. Outside lights are out by 9 p.m. and we would not answer the door.


    Feel free to add your own questions in.

    Quote Originally Posted by ClairesMommy View Post
    Do you give candy out to older kids who are just holding a pillow case and have no costume?
    UGH!!!! Those annoy me... but yes. I would give them candy but with a grumble... mainly because I have concerns about the pranks. Dh, however....... absolutely won't. We'll see how that plan goes tomorrow!

    Another new question:

    Do you allow your kids to eat all the candy? If not, what do you do with it all?

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