As darkness fell the kids got progressively older. The costumes got progressively more clever and they groups got bigger and louder and more exuberant! Nobody needed prompting; they started yelling trick or treat in the driveway! And they just kept coming!
At 7:40 p.m. I opened the last of the big bags of candy. Adding up all the candy we had bought, there were about 400 individual pieces of candy. By about 8:15 p.m. even though I had cut back to one piece each, I ran out of candy! And still they came!
I started handing out pennies! By that time it was mostly teens and bigger kids. I had to admit that "I Got Plenty of Nothin'. I kept apologizing that I had no more candy, but the kids uniformly were gracious and accepted the couple of pennies each with aplomb! I lost track of how many pennies I gave out, but it was probably around 50 or 60 cents total, but that means there were at least 25 more kids after I ran out of Twizzlers, Jolly Rogers, Paydays, and lollipops! It was obvious I wasn't the only one to run out of candy as one by one neighboring houses turned off their outside lights, the universal signal that Halloween was over at that house!
At 8:30 the rush slowed to a trickle and by 8:45 it was done. The were gone like they had never been there at all. Not a ghost, or a zombie, or a ballerina in sight. Vanished into the night. The street remained empty. Silence returned to the neighborhood. I turned off our outside lights.
After being descended upon by somewhere between 250 and 275 costumed, polite, well-behaved children, Halloween was over at our house!
I guess next year we'll have to buy six big bags of candy! Maybe I should just get "Good 'n' Plenty" (remember them?) to begin with....lol!...or I'll end up with Plenty of Nothin' all over again!