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?
Call me weird. It's okay.