The way we do halloween here is that our "community" is really about 60 houses on 3 streets. There are a cul-de-sacs each at 2 ends. Every year one of the 2 cul de sacs "hosts" halloween, and host I mean we setup tables and have a halloween potluck at 6:30. Around 7, half the parents run home, and the other halves start collecting the kids. all the kids swarm the houses as a group. The swarm doesn't stick together, but there is some semblance of the kids going in as a group. It just keeps kids safer to go as a group. I live close to one of the cul de sacs, and the younger kids usually are done by 7:30
Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Early? What time to folks start trick or treating in Austin?
Not until after dark. Peak time is from about 7:30 to 9:00PM.
We got a pretty good crowd coming through. It's odd, but it varies wildly from year to year. Last year was pretty sparse. This year, we easily got about 3x as much. Not sure what the variable is. It's not the weather, or the evening on which it falls.
Saw some really cool costumes. There was a great samurai. A Black Swan (like the movie) with her friend, the White Swan. The Cat in the Hat. Two nerd-ettes, complete with glasses held together with tape.
My favorite was the little girl (4 or 5 years old) from across the street. She was dressed as a Flapper Girl, complete with pearls and the feathered headband, and she even did the Charleston for me. So cute. Her parents were also in full 1920's regalia. Well done!
No kids, but my niece (7) went as Nancy Drew, complete with magnifying glass, and my other niece (5) went as the toenail fairy, which to her is a logical extrapolation from the tooth fairy. It's going to be fascinating watching them grow up.