CHEERS to Port Henry for promoting safe trick-or-treating on Halloween. The village set hours of 5 to 7 p.m. for children to be out, which is a great idea because people know when to expect that first ring of the doorbell and also when to turn out the lights. That night, adult volunteers walked the streets to watch out for children’s safety, and the Moriah Town Police had extra patrols to make sure nothing bad happened. This community involvement in trick-or-treating is an annual effort in Port Henry, and other places should take note.
We wondered whether fewer kids are out trick-or-treating these days and posed a question on the Press-Republican Facebook page. Here’s a look at some of the answers:
Vince O’Driscoll: “I ran out of candy!! I had more this year than the past 5 years combined.”
Samie Marie Russell: “Dead. We almost had one little boy, but he didn’t knock loudly enough and walked away. We we unable to catch him. Surprised his parent did not walk him to the door. He was a little guy, maybe 4 or 5.”
Ann Jason Whalen: “I am in South Plattsburgh and have been in my house since 1996. I have had two trick-or-treaters since and that was while we were still building.”
Valerie Wilson Dalton: “We had 280 kids in Chateaugay, NY, a little bit less than last year, but not by much.”
Mat Rushford: “Over 200 in Rouses Point.”
Melissa Barney-Meacham: “42 here on Raymond Street in Malone.. It sucked big time.”
Garry Douglas: “Village of Peru. We had about 200. Biggest ever.”
Lindsay Marie: “Plattsburgh was hopping. I ran out of candy and had two big bags of it! Everyone looked so cute!”
Melanie Carr: “I live in Burke, NY, and got maybe 20 or so. We always had more than that. Last year we ran out of candy.”
Shannon Cayea Nephew: “Plattsburgh was packed! My mother-in-law on Beekman Street got over 500, and in Brookfield Manor, we had probably 300 or so!”
Rebecca LaFountain: “A total of 3 little ones and 3 teenagers.. Very quiet year in Keeseville. The usually packed streets were bare! The fire station had an amazing crew all dressed up. I hope they had a great turnout! A big thanks to them all for putting it together for all of the kiddos!!!”
Jessie French: “I live on a busy street. I think my neighbors did well!! It is like Candy Mayhem here :) Plus, it is good when people you know say, ‘Here, Mom, you need candy too!’ But some people I know said they got very few kids. All depends on where you live!”
Also, we had mentioned that Sarah Miller of Champlain started a Facebook drive to move Halloween if the predicted massive storm socked this area. “I am glad we had a good night for the kids and everyone was safe,” she told us later, noting that after holidays, her family buys marked-down candy to donate or use for gift baskets. This year, she said, a light bulb went off. “I bet our troops would love to have some candy from home. They certainly deserve it and would appreciate that we are thinking of them.” She bought almost $250 worth of candy for less than $40 — 37.4 pounds of it, and her daughter, Malaynah, 13, made a thank-you sign. “I can’t do things like this often, being on a tight budget like the rest of America, but felt it was something nice to do and pay it forward,” Miller said.