As of last week, Chris and I weren't even sure if we were going to turn the lights on for trick-or-treaters on Halloween. After much deliberation we decided to give out candy to any trick-or-treaters that come to our house in Endicott.

We go overboard when it comes to Halloween because It's one of Chris's favorite holidays, and I loved going trick-or-treating when I was a kid. With Governor Cuomo saying that he would not stop kids from trick-or-treating, we figured the kids have been through so much over the past 8 months, that if they were going to go out to trick-or-treat, we would be there for them.

Every year we give each trick or treater a Halloween bag that contains at least 10 pieces of candy. This year, we filled 60 of the Halloween bags with 11 pieces of candy each. Everything from candy bars including; Snickers, Milky Way, Three Musketeers, Nestle Crunch Bars, and Butterfingers, to other candies including two different kinds of Skittles, Nerds, God Stoppers, Starburst, and M&M's.

We were very conscientious when it came to safety to make sure we didn't contaminate any candy. We opened the big bags of candy first, then washed our hands and Chris and I wore rubber gloves and masks as we filled the bags.

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The bag of candy has been a tradition in my family since I was a little kid. My siblings and I would sit around the table with my parents and pass sandwich bags around the table. Each one of us would put a piece of candy inside it. Chris and I have been giving out bags of candy at our house since we bought our home in 2002.

We usually average 60 to 70 kids a year. I'm guessing that number will be lower this year do to the Coronavirus, but only time will tell. We will wear masks and rubber gloves as we're handing the candy out so the kids will know that we did not touch their treats. And if less than 60 kids show up, that's fine by me because we bought candy that Chris, Ian, and I all enjoy.

Here's some photos of us putting the bags together, including our 11 month old Golden Retriever Hagar supervising.

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