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I always enjoy this thread...:D

I did not have a really memorable tot last night but I was surprised at how many kids were afraid of Edward the Butler, who was standing by the front door. Little ones crying and screaming, older ones moving away and looking warily at him. One little girl, around 4, told me he was "scary". I told her, "That's Edward, he's not real, look". Then I removed his hat with the hair attached and showed her his bald head. What was I thinking?! The little girl starting screaming and ran to her mother.

I felt so bad. :eek:
 

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We had a girl come by in a Chucky costume. Well, she decided that she wanted to sneak back into the haunt and become a scarer herself. So she found herself a little spot and jumped out to scare other people going through. I found out about it later on, but I guess I welcome anybody with such a strong Halloween spirit.
 

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I had one little guy, he was the first TOTer of the night who was flabbergasted that my pumpkin could talk. He was about 4 I would say, dressed as a pirate, and he just kept going on about how the pumpkin was talking and why did the pumpkin talk, he couldn't even get trick or treat out. I had the hallmark motion sensor in him :) I had other compliments on my display, but he was the cutest.
 

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We didn't have any "scare" reactions that were exceptional BUT we did have a group of kids get extremely exited over our large-size Reese's, they were all going "all RIGHT!" and "Nice!" I loved that. That's what I always aim for, seeing that smile. <3 I love being the "good candy house."

From the opposite end - taking my kids ToTing - we got so many reactions as two Luigis (Super Mario). Amazingly, my kids were the only kids in more than an hour of walking who were Luigi and I guess having them match in outfit but not in size, with their little painted mustaches (I used eyebrow pencil, LOL), people just fell all over their double-cuteness. And my heart practically burst when my kids were the ambassadors of Halloween at practically every single house, "Thank you! Happy Halloween. See you next year!" and their sweet comments to other people, they take after me that way, complimenting people on their setups.
 

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I got to hand out candy at the downtown trick or treat event, so no scares for the little ones. There was a vampire wearing a crown who hissed at everyone - King of the vampires! I think he was the most in character.

A set of 5 - 7 year old girls, one in a good princess costume, the other in an evil princess costume. They were both polite & excited, but the bad princess did remember to act out her part. When she saw there were skull chocolates, she switched her choice & made appropriate remarks. Then she backed away doing the redrum finger.

happiest child of the night was dressed as a banana.

Most well received treat - caramel apple pops. Next year if the shop stays in that location, I'm going to get five pounds of caramel apple pops to hand out.

least liked treat - none. The kids got every scrap of candy, and the free comics a friend had sent over. (Comics were a big hit with the older kids.)
 

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I stand in the spell & potion room greeting guests as they come through the house and with the poster boards on my front porch this year asking for help with the haunt a lot of people stopped to talk in the house. I was speaking to a group of about 10, both adults and older kids, they asked about next year and I told them what we needed help with as the 2016 theme is a Tribute to the Walking Dead....everyone......I mean everyone was excited ....so while I'm talking I hear a voice in the background yelling....."I'll be Carl". So this kid works his way through the crowd and we all nearly died. He is the exact imagine of Carl all the way down to the haircut. Unbelievable. Gotta figure how I'm working him in next season and he says he is excited about coming to work here with us.
 

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My favorite was the last trick or treater of the night; she was a really sweet girl dressed as spider-woman. It was getting late and I was starting to put everything away, she walked up super excitedly despite everything being taken down and most of the houses being dark and done for the night. I noticed her bucket only had one piece of candy in it and gave her all the rest of the candy we had left and she was so grateful and wished me a very happy halloween and a good night and was super happy and upbeat despite it being close to ten o' clock and the neighborhood being dead ( no pun intended). Even without tons of candy she was just excited to be out and about on Halloween, reminded me of myself as a kid :)
 

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We ran a brain wave transfer experiment with a volunteer ToT and a gorilla patient. Hubby commented that a lot of the kids sat there with the electroshock hat on with their eyes closed. I surmised maybe they thought they were going to feel some buzzing or something and were afraid what might happen to them so had their eyes closed in anticipation. Would have been fun to have added a rigged cushion to the volunteer chair that would buzz or something when triggered by us to enhance the experience.

We had probably 90 patient volunteers, great participation out of around 200, and some of the funnier reactions were when kids and parents pretended to be getting a shock and would contort their faces and bodies with the sound of the hat soundtrack. Made for great cellphone video captures on their friends' phones.

In general we asked them if they were feeling anything strange. Did they feel like they wanted a bananna? Hubby would thank them for contributing their brain waves with the gorilla and he gets smarter each time we add more human brain waves to him. Everybody laughed. A few kids and even some participants made comments like the gorilla's not going to get smarter with my friend's brain or with mine. Lots of laughs from the crowd of kids. Some said they had their brains removed by a zombie already. And one kid...man he's going to be a haunt actor one day...went through the hat experience and proceeded afterwards to drop to the ground and make noises like a gorilla, and scurried all over our patio area on his fours. Un-Real! I wanted to hire him for my haunts. He was probably 8ish I guess.

Great group of people coming through. All in costumes and boy have to say some really nice quality costumes too. Some great homemade ones too. My favorite was a young girl dressed as a character from Avatar. Great outfit, really nice face and hand makeup and perfect hair. People really seemed to have given a lot of thought into what they were this year. Lots of parents dressed up with their kids too.
 

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We didn't have any real stand-outs in the 35 or so kids that ventured out in the rain. 2 adorable little kitties that showed up before it got dark. 3 teenaged boys showed up and only 1 was in what could be called a half-assed costume....but they were all in awe of the cemetery and gushed about it - so my friends, flattery will get you candy!
 

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Was out trick or treating with my girls and this one kid around 16 was dressed up to a t as a zombie holding a machete. He walks up beside my 10 year old just staring at her and says in a creepy voice "I want to eat your brains". She loved it, wasn't scared at all. As my 12 year old is walking across the street I tell him to scare that girl. He does the staring thing then says I know you been bad thus year. Scared the heck out of her. I made them all take a picture, she was not happy about that. Nice kid wished us all a happy halloween. I told him we need more haunters like him. Had a great day.
 

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My fave was the first TOT of the evening - a tiny giraffe. She was just so happy to be out TOTing and fascinated by the decorations, she almost missed the candy. :D

Also loved a very small snow white (we were her first house on her first TOT ever!!) escorted by her father dressed as Dopey and with her mother dressed as the evil queen. So cute!
 

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We had a great turnout. Just after Everything got started a group of 12 to 14 year old girls came up the path and triggered the jumping spider. they all screamed but one turned and ran. the girls didn't notice she was gone till they were turning away after getting the candy. We laughed so hard. I love to hear the screams. Makes all the work so worth it.
 

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I walked around with the kids, so I didn't get to see how things went at the house. Out and about there were more kids than I expected since it had spent the morning raining. Stand out costume of the year to me was a girl who was about 10-12 dressed in a homemade robo-warrior armor. It was pretty cool. I had one little adorable little girl in a princess costume ask me what I was supposed to be. She had no clue who Harley Quinn is, so she decided that I was a super-hero ballerina. That was pretty cute.

My husband said that there was a group of teenagers who came by towards the time everything was winding down that was kind of funny. He said that they took his glass of apple cider while his back was turned and downed it. He assumed they were hoping for booze, but were probably disappointed that he didn't have any in his cup for that very reason. He said that they stuck around for a few minutes and were pretty complimentary of everything and were overall what he remembers being like in high school. He also said that he had a few people come by for seconds of cider and to warm up by the fire.
 

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Neighbor toddler boy who was batman who had "captured" his Joker dad (dad even had a rope tied around him.) So, so cute.
 
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