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A sad sea of trick-or-treaters

Uploaded: Nov 1, 2015

Our family has enjoyed the trick-or-treating event at the Stanford Shopping Center before. It's nice to have a kid-friendly event in the daylight for little ones who may not have the energy to walk from house to house, who may have an early bedtime, or who may need a little practice learning how to trick-or-treat before the evening.

I was looking forward to attending this event on Saturday. I knew we needed to show up early or, at least, on time in order to participate, but I was saddened to see just how quickly the event was over. Shortly after the event supposedly started, trick-or-treaters were wandering around the mall with empty or almost empty bags in search of candy. The few stores with candy left were either hard to find or had long lines. It was not the happy and lively event I had remembered from last year.

I'm lucky that my son knew this was only a "practice" trick-or-treating event and he would get to do the "real thing" in the evening. Our neighborhood didn't disappoint. The trick-or-treaters were dressed to impressed, the candy was plentiful, and the houses were filled with smiling faces welcoming kids. A successful Halloween.