Trick or Treaters – Counts Across Recent Years
When we first moved onto our own home on Meigs street in late 1991, my wife and I were already somewhat familiar with how big a deal Halloween is in this section of the Highland Park Neighborhood (then still known as the Ellwanger & Barry Neighborhood.) We had been living here since 1986 on the ground floor of a nearby apartment building where we received a couple of dozen of treat & treaters every year. But that first year at our house, I was unprepared for the number to quadruple. My wife was working later than expected that day and as my candy stock grew low I had nowhere to turn to resupply it. In desperation, I made a small sign explaining my plight and asking any visitors with extra candy (especially the stuff they did not want) to consider leaving some for later trick-or-treaters. Eventually I left the candy bowl outside with about 15 pieces of candy left in it and retired inside for the night. When I awoke the next morning, I found that the bowl was much fuller than I left it. Is that something that could only happen in this neighborhood? I don’t know, but I do know that if I tried it again now twenty years later, I’d expect the same results.
This year brought near records levels of trick or treaters to our house. In fact we ran out quite late in the day. (Maybe I should have tried the sign trick again?) I knew it was near a record because we have been keeping count for quite a few years although unfortunately, we haven’t kept good records of our records. Currently I have, in fact, misplaced all results prior to 1999. And we actually track by the 1/2 hour. So perhaps some year I will include updated detail from other years and, perhaps graphs (!)
Halloween Trick or Treater counts – Meigs near Linden
- 1999 153
- 2000 156
- 2001 60 (9/11 Aftermath)
- 2005 209
- 2006 227
- 2007 312
- 2008 245
- 2009 245
- 2010 186 (Rain – Becoming Cold Slush Later
- 2011 nc (Absent/Out of Town)
- 2012 247
- 2013 293 – Ran out at 7:45 pm – at least 30-40 more were probable.
- 2014 nc (Absent/(Studio Event)
- 2015 316 – Ran out at 8:45 pm – estimate 20 more.