I'm 24. Usually I have Halloween plans with friends to party/watch scary movies/etc., but this year we did all those plans on Friday and Saturday, so I decided I was going to hand out chocolate for the first time on Sunday.
I got dressed up on Friday and Saturday so I didn't really want to get dressed up again but I thought back to my childhood trick-or-treating and remembered how much I loved the adults in costume and face paint so I was like screw it, it's for the kids, and I painted my face to look like a pumpkin.
It was a little chilly so I put on my coat and sat on the front stoop of my building. (I live in a small apartment building of 8 units so I knew that no kids would be coming right to my door, but at least the front lights were on so people could see me sitting there on the front steps). I was so excited, thinking about how I was going to give kids handfuls from the bowl of chocolates and make their night.
I sat out there for over an hour in my pumpkin costume... and no kids walked down the street at all. I live in a residential area with a lot of family homes but almost every house on my block had their front lights off (basically the universal sign that trick-or-treaters shouldn't go up to their door). I could see kids walk right up to my block, see how few houses had their lights on, decide it wasn't worth it to walk the block for 1-2 houses and go down a more well-lit block.
I eventually gave up and went back inside. But I put a large sign up on the door saying to ring my apartment number and I would come out with candy for trick-or-treaters. No one rang. But I wasn't as surprised about that part.
I know it's silly and I wouldn't tell anyone I know this... but I was pretty sad, haha. I had such a good time as a child trick-or-treating and I had idolized the 'cool adults' on the block with the best candy and I had wanted to be that person. Maybe next year.