I believe we have found a happy way to spend our Halloweens! We did not trick or treat this year. (Last year we did, and it was fun for a few houses, but became very confusing for T. He didn't get that you ring the doorbell and DON'T go in the house. Plus he's on this pain-in-the-bleep diet, so he couldn't eat the candy anyway.)
This year, we put him in his costume - surgical scrubs - and he hung out with us on the front porch while we handed out candy. He had a great time! He was really happy, galloping up & down our driveway when other trick or treaters came to the house.
I did take him to visit two of our neighbors, just to say hello. They were happy to see us, and it reinforced for me that we made the correct decision not to take him house to house. He bee-lined from room to room, going wherever he wanted while I tried to keep up with him. It is so hard to take him to a new house! But the neighbors were glad to see us, didn't seem to mind the investigative tornado that T is (absolutely no damage done), and we all had a good time.
I must add that I saw the most hilarious costume ever tonight. A girl was dressed up in an inflatable sumo wrestler costume! It actually had a little fan in it to keep it inflated, like one of those big lawn ornaments you see at Christmastime. Imagine the size of Violet Beauregard from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie (Gene Wilder version) blown up like a blueberry. It was awesome!