Trick or treating has changed. It used to be a neighborhood thing. Now parents bring children in by the carload to areas they suspect are more apt to give nice goodies.
Sometimes the really young kids come first with their parents and that's fine with me. I think the parents (I hope) will tell them to be honest and only take one or two pieces of candy.
I think the little boy next door is playing a trick on me. Lately, I've been finding a rubber mouse right next to my mailbox. I thought it was plastic at first, when I picked it up and it felt rubbery - it made me go - EEEK!
Here, there are several ways kids trick or treat. Most people do not let anyone into buildings, so kids do not go to strangers apartments door to door usually. People who live in large buildings or complexes will let their kids trick or treat within the building/complex. People who don't live in a big buildings/complex will go to retail stores to trick or treat. The store owners are very accommodating. Many schools and community centers have parties for the kids. Going trick or treating to strangers homes is pretty much a thing of the past, and rarely do people wait in their homes with the bowl of candy ready for trick or treaters. There is more collective community involvement and effort to ensure kids have a fun Halloween, which I think is great.
I usually make a big pot of filling soup for my own kids, so when they stop on home to dump some of their candy, I can fill their stomachs in prep for round 2. Today, I also have fresh bread baking....so that'll be a nice treat.