I had my first taste of Collett Halloween. When Jeff was growing up, everyone on the block would congregate at one of the houses and have a party in the driveway, passing out candy to people who came, eating food, and luring trick-or-treaters into their haunted house. The haunted house was added when the kids started getting too old for trick-or-treating, so Jeff and the others his age would create one in the garage or driveway and then have a lot of fun scaring the little kids who came by.
I only got a taste of the glory days as most of their old friends have moved away from the neighborhood (Jeff's parents have been in this house for over 20 years), but people from two other families came by, and it was a lot of fun. I did enjoy seeing all the kids in their costumes that came by for candy. My favorites were a skunk and a gingerbread man. Very authentic costumes.
Laurie would always wait until the kids said "trick or treat" before she would give them candy. So, sometimes she would just stand there waiting. One or two kids thought she wasn't going to give them any, so they started to turn away. Some when Laurie would say "what do you say?" would say "thank you" instead of "trick or treat." That was pretty cute. Polite kids. Hehe :)