Michelle - posted on 10/31/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )
So when I was a kid we were taught only to trick or treat at houses with the porch lights on. This was so the elderly, disabled, or otherwise not home people were not bothered. Tonight we were a little late getting back to the house and there were masses of children ringing the doorbell as we pulled up (the lights were off). At that point I'm trying to wade through the sea of children with my own toddlers and a baby to get into the house. They stood there staring through the door while I was fumbling to get the candy out (while my baby is screaming at the top of her lungs because she wants to nurse) and gave them candy and sent them on their way. I gave out candy to 150 kids over the next 1 1/2 - 2 hours, then ran out. I turned off the porch lights and most of the downstairs lights and herded my way over stimulated toddlers into the bath tub. The doorbell is still ringing. There were kids that came to my door for more then a half an hour afterwards even though the lights were out out (and I had no candy). I spent so much time dealing with this that my kids ended up in bed an hour late and we have to get up early tomorrow. I think what really gets to me is at least half of the kids that came when the light was off had a parent with them (who could have said hey the lights out we can't go there). Am I the only person that was taught to only go to houses where the porch light is on?