We love our older neighborhood, especially on Halloween night when the streets are full of people, young and old.
We're treasuring these last few years of trick-or-treating as our children grow older - although I saw plenty of teen-age (or above?) trick-or-treaters last night!
Our kids made the rounds of favorite streets near our home (left) and even made it to the fabled Armory Street, hauling home several major candy finds. I had to hustle to keep up. The lure of Big Candy was strong.
We ran into lots of friends, stopping to chat and admire costumes (as long as my kids would let me).
When it was over, they indulged in their favorite post-Halloween activity, the Candy Sort. They're old hands at this, as the Wurths believe every holiday is a candy holiday.
Over the summer, we have one big birthday party for all the grandkids, with swimming, games, cake and presents, topped off with a pinata. Afterward, they all pile into the living room to sort the sweets. On Halloween it's no different!
My son told me last night we should start giving out giant candy bars next year, so "we'd be the popular house on Halloween!" Not a bad idea.
As we nurse our candy hangovers, here are a few more scenes from Halloween 2011:
We appreciate the folks who go all out with their Halloween decorations!
Somebody did some serious carving!
My daughter is serious about her candy sort!
Julie Wurth writes and blogs about family issues, the University of Illinois and social services for The News-Gazette. Leave a comment below, or contact Julie at 351-5226 or firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at twitter.com/jawurth.