Trick-or-Treaters; Trickle or Torrent

Over the years, my neighborhood has experienced ebbs and flows of trick-or-treaters. Some years, no scary monsters or fairy princesses come to the door, and we end up eating all the candy in the bowl ourselves. Other years, we get so many visitors that we run out of treats, and then turn off the lights to pretend we aren’t home.

What’s the difference?

Based on our very informal observations, it is not the weather: rainy or fair, warm or cold, it doesn’t seem to matter. And that seems, strange, because our intuition is that trick-or-treaters would be very sensitive to that, and would find inclement weather to be very discouraging.

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