Our town is very spread out, but the center of town, the historic district, is what is designated as the "village," and this is where everyone comes to trick or treat. It isn't just people from our town that descend upon the village, it is also little goblins and ghouls from all the surrounding towns, and it's quite magical. Before we moved here, I had been warned. If you decide to live in the village, you had better like Halloween because it is coming for you in a big way. Who better than I, then, to live in a place like this.
One person told me that one year she had a clicker to count all the trick or treaters who came to her door. Even with the clicker, they came too fast, and she lost count at 1,600! I had also been told to not even bother closing my door since you actually get lines coming to your doorway for treats.
The girls scouts in our town actually gather donations of candy to pass out to all of us in the village to give to trick or treaters. It definitely helped, and was much appreciated, but it was a small fraction of the candy we would need. So, we bought massive, gut-busting bags of candy, enough to cover our entire dining table. But I'm that way, I'd rather over-buy than be caught unprepared.
And here is my side door (in New England you use the side door, and rarely ever the front door) all dressed up in its Halloween best for trick or treaters. The little gravestone turns on and a face talks to you, in a melancholy way, of course, when you pass by. I didn't do a great job on the spiderweb, but it was a last minute addition just before the scheduled time for trick or treat. The chairs are there because it was no use going inside at all that night, much better to just stay outside with the candy. The tree just to the right of this shot was wrapped in orange lights, but I failed to photograph it.
If you look closely, you can see my high-strung little dog, standing on top of the couch, looking out the window, getting ready to defend his territory against all the little monsters.
We had spooky music playing outside and it was fun to watch all the adorable kids walking up to our door. Since my daughter took on candy duty, my husband and I, along with some friends, were able to take our younger kids around the neighborhood.
I must say, I am completely head-over-heels, in love with Halloween in my village! I'm gaga, I tell you! There is such a community feel to the event and so many houses were decorated perfectly to evoke an ethereal, spooky, and magical atmosphere.
The photo above was taken at an auto shop in our village. This place is a landmark and adds to the quaintness of the historic district with their vintage gas pumps. Every year these people go all out, even giving out full size candy bars to all the kids.
So, what was the grand total of kids to our house, you ask? Well, I cannot give a completely accurate answer since we didn't keep strict count, but based on the amount of candy we gave away, we believe it was probably just under 2,000. Maybe 1,800?
Perhaps next year I'll use a clicker, but then if I did that I wouldn't get to experience the magic of wandering around my perfectly spooky, perfectly New England village on my favorite night of the year!