Last year we had about 6 kids trick or treat our house. This year? 3. From the same family. At 5 p.m. before they went to a Halloween party at church.
Growing up, a group of us would traipse around the neighborhood with PILLOW CASES, with sight-interfering costumes and flashlights, hitting every house with a porch light on. We'd come home, dump our now-heavy bags of loot on the floor and would sort the different candies into piles. I remember the families that had a lot of kids had BOXES of old costumes to pick through.
It was unthinkable to go to the mall. Only total losers with insane parents would go to the mall.
Now the kids go to the mall without question or, (this hurts me) church Halloween parties, instead of going door-to-door.