Apparently the trend du jour in terms of registered sex offenders and halloween is to impose a curfew of sorts, including requiring that porch lights and house lights be darkened, to discourage trick-or-treaters.
Delaware is on board. So is Idaho. (Which makes me wonder what the porch light status is at the Craig household?)
I think it's a conspiracy cooked up by the American Dental Association, the Candy Syndicate, and the Costumers Amalgamated. Unindicted and unconvicted citizens who might choose to opt out of the annual sugarfest (as opposed to Sugarfist) will be afraid to leave the lights out for fear that the neighbors will suspect them of sex offender status. So we comply out of fear. More goodies for everyone.
Me, I've stocked up with a couple of big bags of candy (and I might pick up another today; the balmy weather promises a bumper crop of costumed visitors). We got close to 200 visitors last year. Living in a nice single family residential neighborhood, close to West Hartford's primary low income housing cluster (conveniently isolated from the rest of West Hartford by Trout Brook), we gets lots of kids.
I actually like handing out candy; it's a find childhood memory I like to pass down to the next generation. Zippy hates it - I think he's gonna find some place to hide tonight.