That was a big waste of time. The doorbell rang only about 20 times in two hours and the parents stayed in the background. We decided this was about as successful as going to the senior center, maybe less.
We paid ten dollars to join the neighborhood association so we could do this.
Oh, don't even get me started on controlled trick or treating that doesn't even happen on Halloween. Suffice it to say that if a kid wants to trick or treat in this area, he has to play by the neighborhood association's rules.
We pay the money. They give us the candy. The good news is that we have leftover candy. The bad news is that most of it is crap. Because if you have to give candy for your kids to trick or treat, but it's not the candy you'll be giving out, why bother to get the good stuff? People buy the crappy stuff because they're not going to get any credit for giving out the good stuff. Your friendly fascist neighborhood redistributors.