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HAPPY HALLOWEEN
We had 82 trick-or-treaters this year, plus maybe two or three non-compliant goblins (who wouldn't play along with doing a trick to get a treat). This is down slightly from last year when we had 96. Many of them kids remembered us from last year; the last group of four (the only people who came after 8:30) have been coming for four years, for example.

Only two or three kids dressed as "Elsa."

A few kids came prepared. Did the "stick trick" with the onesy-twosies, and sang songs with the larger groups. A couple sang "Let it go," we did "Deck the Halls with Poison Ivy" a bunch of items, and one group actually sang "Happy Birthday" to their friend. A few of them had dance moves, one little 7-year-old Elsa skipped jump rope (not easy when you're wearing a princess dress) -- she came prepared, I think she's been here before.

We have two big 8-foot blow-up decorations, and a pumpkin or two. First use of my light-up sign. Plugged it into the carriage light, so it was always lit. I'm pondering whether it would make sense to hook it up to a motion sensor, next year.
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Bought two "Airblown" display units for the front lawn. One of them is 8 ft long, the other is 8 ft tall -- the tall one tips over, I'm not happy with it.

Talked to Tom, my neighbor, and next year we're thinking we'll put two of our big light-up inflatable Airblowns in the middle of cul-de-sac so the goblins at the end of the street can see we're open.

We had 96 trick-or-treaters, half of them from a few minutes before 8 o'clock to 8:15. So nearly two full boxes of Giant Pixy Stix.

I printed out lyric sheets, most of the kids that didn't bring a "trick" and showed up in a group sang "Deck the halls with poison ivy."
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We had 42 kids and adults, not counting the ones that ran off.

We heard at least one of the groups coming up the walk saying "this is the house!"

With one family we had the little six-year-old girl jump up and down 6 times. I asked the father if he wanted to do a trick and he volunteered to jump up and down 40 times. Okay... His kids counted them off, excitedly. It looked like he was starting to regret it about halfway through, but he gamely kept on going.

The jumbo 100-calorie Pixy Stix were a hit, as usual. I handed out the explanatory slips to a couple of parents. I also had printed "In the Graveyard" (TTTO "Clementine") on the back of the slips, which helped when we had a large group.
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75 years of a family tradition... When William Wilson Baden was little boy in the 1930s, in a Hollywood neighborhood during the Great Depression, all the kids knew you didn't get something for nothing. Instead, every Halloween they would go from house to house doing some kind of "trick" to earn a "treat."

As a grown man in Costa Mesa in the 1960s, '70s and '80s, the Baden family continued this tradition. A "trick" could be a song you learned in school, or a handstand or a cheer routine, or singing along to a "Pumpkin Carol."

Now his son, Chaz Baden keeps the flame alive in Anaheim. The littlest kids hold up enough fingers for how old they are, or jump up and down for that many times if they can count their age. The bigger kids know the house that gives out the jumbo "Pixy Stix" and many of them come prepared with whatever feat or stunt they've practiced. Or they sing a silly song to a tune they learned in kindergarten with the rest of the gang.

(Text of a little flyer I'm going to give out to explain to the parents what's going on.)

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