Our Massive Halloween Trick-or-Treat Blowout
I think we might have out-nerded ourselves this Halloween.
Our neighborhood does Halloween big. Almost every house has been decorated since the first week of October. A block over, they close off the street for a street party, and one of the houses hosts a family-friendly band that plays until around 10pm. People sit out on their lawns and grill while they're handing out candy. And we've got four churches within a two-block radius - all four of them hosted parties on Halloween afternoon, so afterwards all the kids spilled out into the surrounding neighborhood.
Photo: Andrew Dupont
A post on the local community forum warned that we should expect more than 100 kids. I got at least 15 pounds of candy, and we went through all of it.
But Andrew really took it up a notch. While I was handing out candy, he kept count and showed the results on a scrolling display.
This project was all him, I had nothing to do with it - I just wanted to brag about him a little. He wrote a quick Ruby app and put it up on Heroku.
As the kids came by, we used a browser interface with a few simple buttons to keep a count. And as we updated the total, the display sitting in the window updated with just a few seconds' delay.
Got cleaned out; updated the sign. pic.twitter.com/QXdKa7dpVO— Andrew Dupont (@andrewdupont) November 1, 2015
The code is all up on GitHub, with a detailed README, if you want to check it out:
Our final tally was 250 trick-or-treaters. At that point we ran out of candy, but the neighborhood had gotten pretty quiet by then anyway.
On a side note, Avengers seemed to be the popular costumes for the night (for both boys AND girls). We also had 11 Elsas, which we counted in a more conventional way.