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Halloween headcounts

Here's a sampling of last night's trick-or-treat action.

West Central's Tim Crabb provided treats for 120 kids. "Lots of superheroes. Lots of princesses."

Bonnie Rae called her turnout -- 11 kids -- disappointing. "Back in the '80s it wouldn't be unusual for me to have 150 kids."

George Goss is on 49th, near the Southside Soccer complex. He had 17 kids last night, all unfailingly polite.

Cathy Gunderson had 27 kids. "Everyone got candy and a library bookmark."

Laurie Cook in Post Falls had about 300 kids, down a bit from last year.

Karl Boldt, attired as Uncle Fester from the Addams Family, dispensed candy to more than 1,000 kids. "Corbin Park had a great evening."

He said all comers were super nice.

Kimberly Johnson in Kellogg had 34 trick or treaters.

"Highlight of the evening was the first trick or treater to the door. He/she did not ring the door bell or knock, but the dogs heard him so I went to open the door and I screamed! He had already opened the storm door and here was this big clown right in my face! He was tall (taller than me so maybe an older kid) and his mom was standing on the sidewalk. We all got a good laugh from my scream."

Spokane Valley's Craig Godtfring ran out of candy after treating 630 kids and had to turn the lights out.

Vince Eberly ended up with 21 kids.

North Sider Mike Storms counted 31 trick-or-treaters. He has been logging his headcount since 2005, when he had 58 kids.

Cheri Moore had 92. "Our cats stared out the window most of the evening watching the kids on the street."

Last night was the 13th year Patty Hostetter has greeted kids with her West Highland terrier Buddy, who has lost his vision. This year's group of kids all got candy, of course. But perhaps more important to some of them, they got to pet Patty's loyal friend.  

Gail Cory-Betz had zero trick-or-treaters. "We live in the woods and our driveway is dark, with no outside lighting. Guess we'll have to eat the candy ourselves."

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