we usually let them pick a couple pieces.. there are always the greedy kids who will grab your basket if you let them
We are lucky to live in a neighborhood with lots of kids, so they told us to expect many trick or treaters.
I think 2 mini bars is perfectly fine. Of course we get so few at our house I end up giving out handfuls by the end of the night.
Not my handfuls....I can get probably 20 minis in my hand.
We were told to expect lots of kids as our neighborhood is mostly families. PLus, other kids come into our development because most people decorate. I guess our area is famous for Christmas lights too!
I'm not into the "let them mreach in and take it themselves" thing. I think 2 minibars is just fine.
Cool! I think we'll go with 2.
it really depends, we get so few kids here that i'm begging them to take handfuls. but when we lived in a kid-filled neighborhood, 2-3 pieces was the norm and we just barely made it through the night without running out.
Depends on how many kids you get coming to your door. If you get boatloads, give them one mini bar. If you get a normal amount, give them two. If you get very few, you may want to give them several so you aren't tempted with shitloads of extra candy at the end of the night. Check with your neighbors for the number of kids you get in the neighborhood to gauge how much candy you need on hand.
I don't really like the candy we got. I'm very picky. I don't think we will end up with any extra in our neighborhood.
2007-10-31 05:03 pm (UTC)
Hee! That's a good way to do it. :)
I start out with 2 per child, and adjust upwards depending on the number of kids.
By the time I realize we're not going to get many more, I start giving out handfuls.
This year, we're not even going to be home until 8 or 8:30, since I'm in class until 7. I'm really disappointed -- I LOVE seeing the kids in their costumes.
Bummer! I'll be home before Craig and I expect them to start showing up as soon as I arrive home.
I usually buy a ton and give the kids a small handful each. Last year I had the time to make individual baggies that contained two mini bars, a dum-dum, some of that rock hard gum (ha! halloween isn't the same wihtout it) and some other filler candy, with a bag topper hand-stamped that said Happy Halloween from the Gonzales' ... I haven't had that kind of time this year. I do start giving more away as the night wears on, though, I don't want ot have too many leftovers. I've had a hard enough time staying out of the bowl as it is!
Cute idea! That would be lots of effort in our neighborhood though. I heard to expect lots of kids.
I just give a small handful.
Wow, I guess I'm stingy. One mini-bar per kid. If they want lots of candy, they have to hit lots of houses. And if they don't have a costume, we make them do a trick, like a cartwheel, or make a funny face. And if they (the older kids) try to hit us up a second time, we call them on it.
We live on the main street through our (fairly small) town and get hit HARD. We have about 5 lbs of candy waiting for tonight.
In St. Louis, ALL kids have to perform something to receive candy. Isn't that weird? Longstanding tradition here, though -- natives are suprised to hear that the rest of the country doesn't do it that way.
That is a cute tradition!
Wow. We have to be careful about asking for tricks when we do, because there are some hoodlums who will scowl and come back with eggs later.
We must live in the town with all the bad kids.
Maybe in lieu of the lack of time and $ to procure that, I'll keep a nice bucket o'ice water on hand!
You'd be surprised how great kids are really. If you tell them, "pick out any two!" they get excited and just take two. But if you just shove the bowl out there, you'd be surprised that most (except for the damn teenagers that aren't even dressed up) kids will only take a piece unless you tell them they can take more. :)
Have fun tonight!
I'm excited for it! I think I'll ask them to take any two. The kids in our neighborhood usually have really involved parents and have been good kids (the ones I've met). I'm looking forward to meeting a few more neighbors tonight.
Oooo this gave me a thought. Next time the baking bug hits, make something to take to the neighbors! That way you get to know more of them and who doesn't like someone bringing them treats?