After an hour of prowling the neighbourhood we'd come home with our bag full of apples, candy kisses and gum. Wendy and I would dump our loot out, being careful to keep it separate from one another's stash, and would proceed to trade. I liked one kind of candy kiss and she liked another so the trading was even. It always bugged me though that her stash would last till Christmas while mine was gone in a week!
I had a hard time improvising costumes for my little kids so one year I made two clown costumes and one witch.
The kids loved them. Those costumes lasted for years and were handed down from kid to kid until all seven wore at least one of them once or twice. I wouldn't be surprised if one of the grown-up kids still has one of the clowns stashed away someplace.
Jenny (the witch in the picture above) made a small clown costume seen here worn by her 4th son Micah.
I don't know who these characters represent. Jenn's husband Anders gets a kick out of dressing up and taking the boys out trick or treating.
Clowns don't seem to be as popular a costume choice now though. And costumes have become a lot more sophisticated in design and manufacture. Over the past few years our grandchildren have been:
Max as a dinosaur
baby Max as a spider
Elly as an elephant
Aidan as a fearsome shark
They've also been HEROS, super and otherwise,
I don't know what superhero sydney was last year