Monday, November 1, 2010

Trick-or-Treaters Chart

I think I'm pretty normal.  Maybe a few mild quirks here and there.  I don't remember why it started.  It probably had to do with one or more of these:

1) Running out of candy for trick-or-treaters
2) Ending up with a ridiculous excess of candy after trick-or-treaters
3) I rather like numbers and charts

For whatever reason, I began keeping a tally of trick-or-treaters back in the year 2000.  If someone else in the family answers the door, they know they better add the tally marks - or else... This revised chart is much more cute and readable than the original ripped-off piece of cardboard, bent and wrinkled, with uneven lines and thick Sharpie writing.

So, in case anyone ever asks me these questions, I have the answers:

Q: What year did you have the most trick-or-treaters?
A: 2008 with exactly 200 decorated children getting candy at the door.

Q: What years were cold and miserable?
A:  Easy.  2000, 2002, 2010.  I don't have a record of 2004, so it could have been cold also.

Q:  Over the past 10 years, what is the average number of trick-or-treaters?
A: 144.8

Call me weird.  It's okay.


  1. I think this is a fabulous idea! This year, though, we had about as many as you recorded and we still had way too much candy left over. Bill and Cammy timed their trip around the neighborhood at the WRONG time. After about 20 houses the wild slurpee storm hit and it was crazy. I felt sorry for them and jumped in the car to go find them. They were drenched rats. Cammy didn't want to go out again so she passed out the candy the rest of the evening:)

  2. That storm was crazy. Poor Cammy. I guess she can inherit your leftovers as her trick-or-treat loot. Thankfully, it did clear up later in the evening.