Our neighborhood typically has a solid turnout for Halloween. This year it was over the top!
One neighbor reported 383 kids. That is a huge number for an area considered lower income in the South end of Tacoma.
We had a neighbor convert one of his empty homes into a massive walk through haunted house. The house was complete with flaming skulls, animated creatures and scary things that jumped at us from all angles. It was impressive and everyone loved it.
Several neighbors provided warm cider and hot chocolate for parents as they escorted children door to door.
I would estimate that at least 2/3 of the homes we visited had someone dressed in costume as they answered the door to hand out candy, all of them hamming it up and having fun.
The most impressive thing? I never heard a cry or a child be rude. I heard nothing but “thank you” and “please” and laughs to last a lifetime. This is what Halloween should be like and I am glad I live in a neighborhood willing to make it fun.
I spent a few weeks working on a costume for Alexander so he could dress as his favorite character from Minecraft. I was working up to the last minute but finally finished in time for Alex to roam the streets as Steve! The costume was a hit, with parents and children screaming “STEEEEVE!” when we walked past. Alex was over the moon and I was a proud father.