Well, we made it! Our first year going door to door on Halloween. The kids lasted about an hour and STILL managed to collect 4 gallon bags worth of loot (not including Huggies, chips or crackers). I'm probably most excited to say that I have not had one single piece of blessed chocolate! Hooray for me! There were a few things that I took note of to improve the quality of Trick-or-Treating in the future...
1) Move to a warmer climate. It was about 40 degrees AND raining! My face hurt from squinting against the stinging, incessant drops. Yes, we had umbrella's, but they were not always the convenient choice.
2) When handing out pillowcases, avoid t-shirt style cases. They tend to stretch and stretch as the candy piles up, then drag on the ground and trip the child holding it.
3) Visit the houses on ONE side of the street only, so that when we find ourselves about a mile from where we started, we can backtrack and get the houses on the opposite side of the street. The kids zigzagged the whole way! Eventually, Jay walked back to get the van to avoid making the kids retrace their route.
4) When holding my husbands pride and joy (a large plastic refillable cup with a handle and lid), do not set it down on someones mailbox post to help a child. It WILL get left behind much to hubby's chagrin. Sorry, dear! Though, on his trek back for the van, he found the cup!
5) When buying costumes, buy sizes much larger than you think they'll need. For one thing, I think costumes run really small...we got Joe a 8-10 Green Lantern and it was almost inappropriate it was so small. Plus, unless we really stick to #1 on my list, we need to be able to bundle up underneath these flimsy, yet ridiculously priced, costumes.
All in all, I think I was the most negatively affected from the experience. All the kids loved it, including Trey! No one even fussed when they heard it was only 7:00 and Trick-or-Treat lasted until 8!!! I think everyone was chilled to bone...and ready to dump out their bags and count their goodies!