…And the Night Ended in a Hallowe’en Candy Coma


My husband and I live in an old neighbourhood with a Public School located one block away. There are plenty of kids who live in the neighbourhood, enough to warrant a “children at play” traffic sign just one lamp post away from our house. But, one odd thing we’ve noticed living in our small town that seems to escape us: kids in my neighbourhood hardly trick-or-treat on Hallowe’en. Where do the kids go?

In all honesty, tonight is not a great night for trick-or-treating…at least in my neighbourhood. It has been spitting rain off and on all night. I was on candy duty tonight, and didn’t have a single ghowl or goblin knock down my door. But, before you go blaming the weather, the trick-or-treating turn-out has been this way consistently since we moved to this town almost 9 years ago.

Our first Hallowe’en in our current town of Stouffville was a shock to the system for us. We had just moved from Barrie, Ontario about six months prior. Our neighbourhood in Barrie was a newly built subdivision that saw a lot of children move in. If you ever want to see a feeding frenzy on Hallowe’en, you needed to witness South Barrie’s kiddos go loco for rolos* (and everything else you had that was edible). This created a very active (not to mention expensive) Hallowe’en. That last Hallowe’en in Barrie saw 160 children come to the door within a one hour period. I basically sat in the hallway with the door open as the succession of Spideys, Batmans and Princesses paraded past my front door, hoping to get in on our Caramilks and Crispy Crunches. When I ran out of candy, down to the basement I went for the cans of cola. After all of that was depleated, I almost reached in for the apples and baby carrots before I came to my senses, and just turned off the lights. “Sorry, we’re closed!”

My husband would always insist on us getting candy that we would actually enjoy after the trick-or-treating was over, so single serving chocolate bars and bags of chips were preferred to sugary gummy bears and Skittles. Our first Hallowe’en in Stouffville, we weren’t sure what to expect, or how much candy to buy. I started with a box of 95 mini-chocolate bars, but my husband and I kept thinking this wouldn’t be enough, probably the stresses of living through a Hallowe’en in Barrie –  we will need more! I ended up getting the last of what was left of the candy at Shopper’s Drug Mart, which was 2 boxes of chips and another box of 45 chocolate bars. We decorated the stairwell, poured the candy into a pumpkinhead bowl, and got ready for them kiddos.

We waited, and waited…

…and the streets were eerily silent…I didn’t hear anything out there…

At 8 PM, I stuck my head outside to see what was going on. The wind was brisk, and was howling through the bare tree limbs as the fallen leaves scurried down the street. I could hear no one outside. No excited screems from children… no cars, even! Weird!

We got zero kids that night, and we were surprised.

There was a lot of candy left over from that night. We gave away some of it to our co-workers, and ate the rest in stages.

Since then, trick-or-treating numbers have fluctuated. Two years ago we saw a whopping 10 children, which was a record number. Overall, we’ve probably had about 30 kids max come to the door since we moved to Stouffville.

Where are the kids going on Hallowe’en? Maybe to parties? Creating their own traditions that don’t include door-to-door solicitation? I don’t know.

A similar scenario happened this year – we had hoped we’d have kids to the door and thus bought a honking box o’ bars. The weather was not co-operating tonight, so I suppose we’ll use that as the excuse for why I had no one come to my door. I guess there is always next year.

In the meantime, pass the chocolate, Hubs!

*Hahaha Aaron…


  1. We had snow here tonight, so we had about 25 hardy little souls freezing their asses off in their zombie and (ahem) Frozen outfits.

    And may I just express how happy I am that it has SNOWED!! Oh happy day!! It’s my favourite time of the year. I frickin’ LOVE the snow!

    Yeah, since we moved here, we never get that many kids. I dunno why. We give out chocolate bars, you;d figure the word would spread, you know?

    Weird the difference between towns. Huh. I cannot begin to offer an explanation…


    1. My sis in law lives in Deep River, ON off the hwy in bush country – 25 kids, she got. It’s not like I live on a farm. I’m a block from downtown. I don’t get it at all.


      1. Yeah we did our street – mostly because the neighbours wanted to see our kids in their costumes (our boy, 5, was a ninja; our girl, 3, was a spider – so cute!). But as soon as we left, they shut off their lights! Weird.

        We went over to a friends’ place after, just hung out for a while.

        Did I mention that I LOVE THAT IT IS SNOWING? ‘Cos I do!

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      2. I shouldn’t get my hopes too high. I know that whatever falls tonight will just melt – the ground is still too warm. But it’s lovely to have it back.

        Winter sports? Not particularly. I just can’t stand the heat of summer. I just about die after about 22C, so sooler days make me happy. I can go outside for hours on end at -20C, but put me in Mexico (which we did) at 28C for a week and they almost had to take me to the frickin’ hospital if it weren’t for the air conditioning.

        There’s also something magical about the snow. It’s just beautiful. My favourite time of the year. I don’t hit a saturation point with it.

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  2. Seriously, what happened to Holloween ? It’s almost 9 PM right now…. ZERO ! We didn’t buy much but still, 5 bags of snickers are too much of a left-over, and we’re all dieting.


  3. Never, ever, ever have we had ZERO kids. Disappointing!

    Back in ’87 my buddy Bob and I would do a haunted house. We spent pretty much all of September and October preparing for it. We’d basically start around labor day. We’d make paper mache heads and hang them from ropes…spider webs lights everything. We had sooo much fun with it. Last time we did anything like that was about 5 years ago and we had maybe a dozen kids.


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