halloween social experiment (without results)

We performed a little social experiment tonight, but we have no idea how it turned out.

Our neighbourhood is always very busy on Halloween. In fact, we saw the house for the first time on Halloween 2006, and seeing all the groups of kids traipsing from house to house in costumes gave us a good feeling about the neighbourhood.

We had to work tonight, but we didn't want to be unavailable for the kids, and we also didn't want the doorbell ringing all night, bothering the dogs. So we did Halloween in absentia. We left the light on, taped over the doorbell, put a bucket of candy on the doorstep, and taped this sign to the door.

But unfortunately, we had no way to videotape or otherwise spy on the proceedings.

When I came home tonight, all the candy was gone. That's not unusual. But how did it go? Did someone tip the whole bucket into their trick-or-treat bag? Did each child take just one or two candies? Most of the kids are escorted by parents, so I'm thinking everyone was well behaved. And the kids around here are so sweet and polite. I'd bet even the groups of teenagers would only take a few (although I could see them joking about taking all of it... then not doing it).

I think there was probably a fair distribution. Still, it would have been fun to watch.


M@ said...

I wasn't sure we would be home for candy distribution tonight so I was thinking of doing the same thing. Luckily the TiCats game finished in plenty of time and we were here to distribute our candy for our first Hallowe'en in the house. (We actually took possession a year ago tomorrow. Yow!)

Our neighbourhood has a bunch of kids of all sizes -- infants to teenagers. It's a well-established area and has a lot of families.

Six kids.

Six fistsfull of chocolate eyeballs and fudge-filled beetles.

What the hell are we going to do with all these chocolate eyeballs and bugs!?

Next year: bucket o' candy, sign, and we're out for a long, relaxed dinner. Tapas and beer or something. I can't take this kind of rejection!

redsock said...

Our first Halloween, two months after we moved in 2005, was in Port Credit, in a nice little neighbourhood, but on sort of a dead end street.

Coming from apt. life in NYC, we figured we better stock up. A brother and sister came fairly early -- and then nothing. Absolutely no one.

Those two kids should have come a hour later -- we would have given them everything!

impudent strumpet said...

There was a house in my neighbourhood growing up that did that, and it went pretty much as you guessed. Little kids with their parents took only one, bigger kids (10-12ish) going around without their parents took only one but joked about taking them all (or sometimes rebelled by taking, like, three), it's possible some older teens at the tail end of the night took the rest of the bowl, but mostly a fair distribution happened.

Barring videotaping, maybe you could get more meaningful results by putting way more candies in the bowl than you would possibly have trickertreaters. Like you typically get 100 trickertreaters, you put out 500 candies.

@ M@: Maybe the problem is it was bugs and eyeballs?

sassy said...

What a good idea (no matter how it turned out) and as far as how it turned out, ask the dogs. In my experience dogs never lie. :)

Jere said...

We had a comedy show to go to last night, so we did the same as you (minus the doorbell request). When we got home, not only was all the candy gone, the BOWL was gone.

L-girl said...

When we got home, not only was all the candy gone, the BOWL was gone.

Ha! Now there's an experiment, Canada vs US. Small sample size, you say? :)

Cool that Imp Strump had an actual eye-witness view of this from the other side.

Jere, I hope it wasn't a very nice or special bowl.

Jere said...

It was just a hard plastic bowl--but it was cool! It was an eyeball at the bottom with all this bloodshot around it. It was Kim's and she doesn't seem very upset at all so I guess it didn't mean too much to her--but it was OUR Halloween bowl!