I have never been a fan of Halloween. Call me the Ebenezer Scrooge of the end of October. I won’t dress up, I hate having to falsely compliment everyone’s mostly dumb costumes, and I am a little perturbed that kids don’t even say “Trick or Treat” anymore. They just run to the door hoping you will help add to their rapidly-growing candy stash. Bah-humbug!
Well, maybe I had my Tiny Tim-induced moment this year. While my kids went out raiding other homes of their candy with friends, my wife and I stayed home and gave away Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars. And we had a blast.
The intention was to give away all the extra models I have accrued over the last few years of collecting. It would be a little different for the kids who visited our door, and it would not be toothbrushes. At the last minute, I thought it might be more fun if we made the experience of giving the kids a car a little more memorable. So I hit the Toys R Us and found this:
A fairly generic, very simple set of Hot Wheels track. I haven’t owned Hot Wheels track or sets since I was a young boy, but I thought a simple track setup would make this more fun for the kids. After a few failed setups, this simple track was what we settled on:
And it was…AWESOME!! Kids would come to the door, we told them to stand next to the basket, and we let a model fly. Watching the kids reaction to the car hitting the basket, and then telling them that the model was theirs to keep, was priceless. They would run back to their parents to show them their unbelievable luck that they hit a house with Hot Wheels. It was fantastic, and made for a great Halloween night. The first great Halloween night for this old grump in awhile…
Yeah, it is a simple setup, and I am sure there are some track gurus who could put together something much more cool, but this worked great. My observations after racing cars on the track for the first time in 30 years? Here are a few:
- Hot Wheels are faster, but Matchbox cars make a cooler noise when they hit the loop. The ridges on the wheels make a nice hum.
- It is surprising how well the track stays together and that the models stay on the track, even on our badly rigged track.
- Metal-base-with-plastic-body models are the fastest, and that Guv’ner that came with the set was fantastic. However, we found the Hiway Hauler 2 was maybe the fastest model, based on our very unofficial observations.