Every year, myself, hubby & good friends create a Haunted Walk Thru at our house in Springfield, Va. We combine our sense of community and helping others with a canned food drive for the local food bank that yields quite a haul of good intentions & fun. I think many of us have such happy memories of Halloween; dressing up, pretending to be a scary monster or princess. Sadly many areas do not have enough activities for younger children and teens combined - that probably was the number one reason we started it. So few kids came knocking at Halloween - now every Halloween 300-500 people come thru. The parents HAVE as much fun as the kids even if they must come in separately (as the teens don't want to been seen with their parents). Last night we had two brothers whose mom stayed in the car. Fifteen minutes later THEY CAME BACK WITH HER AND WENT IN TOGETHER! LOL The weekend before Halloween is our test run. home made animatronics may not work or worse their limbs fall off (not in a good way) or timing may need to be adjusted. Fun for everyone without the "obvious" safety precautions (teens hate) being taken. Strangers chatting about themselves, their children and THEIR neighborhood. Everybody giving canned goods to others. To end our little story with a fact of generosity, I have met people who never come thru, but drop off canned food because they appreciate all of the above.