So, the couple filled a large candy bowl hoping their security camera — fixed visibly in their porch — would keep visitors honest. The family then set off on their haunts.
The Lectors phones were buzzing with video alerts showing little ghosts and ghouls digging through the self-serve candy bowl and respecting the Halloween honor system.
Then they received a video showing an esurient group of older kids, and one small girl, emptying out the dish into their bags.
"I was devastated someone could just get all the candy and ruin the night [for other trick-or-treaters]," said Laurence Lector.
One of the kids noticed the camera and even pointed it out to someone else in the group, but the kids continued to snatch all of the treats until every sweet was gone.
"We were disappointed that those that came afterward came to an empty bowl," Cherryl Castro-Lector told said.
The video shows a girl and boy investigating the empty bowl. They must've known that the night wasn't over for other little trick-or-treaters.
"I got a little teary eyed. Gosh, I hope my kids are like that someday," Castro-Lector said. "I would have hugged those little kids and mom if I were there."
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"I would love to meet them and thank them for being so kind. Not just for me but everybody that followed and enjoyed Halloween, as they should," Castro-Lector said.
A Chula Vista homeowner checked his security camera to see how trick-or-treaters handled the bowl they left on the front porch Wednesday.
“I would hear the security camera go off every now and then and I just happened to say, You know what, lets take a look at the camera, Laurence Lector told NBC 7.
Lector and his wife left the bowl full of candy at their home on Baywood Circle so they could go trick-or-treating with their own children.
“Just brutal really,” Lector said laughing. “I was like, Wow, you guys really wiped it out!
The couple wasn’t as angry as they were disappointed. They had expected the candy to be gone when they returned home.
However, they kept watching and saw additional footage that showed there are still good kids out there.
An hour later, the couple watching the video via their mobile phone saw another group of children approach the home.
“We thought, Okay, so what are they going to do about it? Are they going to walk away?” Cherryl Castro-Lector said.
The children go to the Lectors’ next-door neighbor and get more candy to put into the once-empty bowl.
The couple said they posted the videos to Facebook not to shame the children who took the candy but to show how there are children who will do the right thing.