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    Trick or treating?

    I've generally had fun handing out candy to the neighborhood trick or treaters, but am considering going dark this year. Maybe there will not even be many door to door trick or treaters? It does seem pretty low risk, though. The CDC is recommending that the traditional door-to-door handing out of candy is higher risk and is recommending to avoid. Other thoughts?

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    I have waffled on this as well, spoken to neighbours who had one in favour of t or t'ing and the other going dark. I don't want to be stuck with the treats so will go dark this year as the numbers have been going down over the past few years anyway.
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    We're going dark as well. Most of the residents in our 25 year old neighborhood are original owners whose children left home years ago. As a result we seldom have more than a dozen or so kids patrolling our cul-de-sac on Halloween and they seem to be from elsewhere. I think we'll just sit this one out.
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    We are still discussing it. We will either go dark or try to come up with a hand-out plan. So far, we have come up with leaving the candy in the bag and - while masked and gloved - put a piece into each bag, which we will ask the kids to "hold out so we can drop it in". Again, IF we do it, there will be no big bowl with candy for kids to just reach in and grab.
    Again, we are still undecided and could go either way at this point.
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    Some people here are sliding candy down long tubes.

    We always go dark, have no interest in it, although I may put up a few items of decoration.

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    We almost always go dark; this year won't be different for us.

    Interestingly, though, I do check in daily using an app called How We Feel, which is intended to document a more local presence of COVID-19 symptoms and its physical/behavioral side effects; today their poll asked whether people in our area planned to go trick-or-treating this year. 80% said no; 11% said they were undecided.
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    When we moved 8 years ago we lost trick and treaters. Where we lived before we got tons and I would dress my dogs and my sons so 6 dogs. Then I would put a gate up so the kids could see the dogs but they couldn’t escape. The kids loved it.

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    Halloween used to be huge for DH in his former marriage and when his kids were small. They did up the whole house, they dressed up, they had a party the Saturday before etc. His kids are about 15 years older than mine and had stopped by the time mine started. Once mine stopped we stopped doing the door. Even though my DH loved it, all kids had grown up. We might get a couple of grandkids from the neighbors but it wasn't worth buying candy that we ended up eating and the dogs went nuts every time somebody came to the door. We hung it up and it became a date night.
    It is sad to note that also back in those days the neighborhood was know (and mentioned in media) as one to drive by for Christmas lights and decorations. DH went all out on that as well. Slowly one by one neighbors started doing less and then some not at all. We still do it but not to the degree he used to.
    I am a person who really clings to traditions and it saddens me to see things change. We don't decorate the inside of the house much anymore because there isn't grandkids to enjoy it. We still have our nativity scene which must go up for a reason that has absolutely nothing to do with the religious aspect but has become a family game as far as the set up. My mom passed it on to me and God forbid should it not go up and one of my siblings pop by and not get a chance to mess with it.

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    The last few years we left and had a date night too. Not many or enough kids to warrant staying home. This year will be dark and we will be home. Our village is having Treat or Treat even though the COVID numbers have hit records for the past 3-4 days with a positivity rate of 90%. Seem moronic to me.

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    The week around Halloween contained my beloved's birthday, the Day of the Dead (friends have always had a party), and Halloween, but life and COVID have made hash of it. I like the Day of the Dead vibe better than I do most holidays, so I miss it.

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