OK - update to the "candy pass" deal - it was apparently way different than I'd originally thought. The couple put out eight actual vending machines in front of their garage that took tokens; I guess he owns and/or services machines. They handed out extra tokens to the neighborhood kids in advance of Halloween per the signs, plus they could trick-or-treat for a single token on the night of.
The kids could talk of nothing else. We had our porch decorated up as a mad scientist's laboratory, with bubbling beakers of glow-in-the-dark liquids and a laser and a fog machine, but who cares? There are real vending machines just a few doors down! Kids were willing to stand in line just to get to hand pick their favorite candy and press the buttons. Kids could also buy candy as the machines took coins as well as the tokens, and not a few children were begging their parents/chaperones for spare change.
We didn't get a chance to wander down that way and see the spectacle for ourselves, unfortunately. My husband was unable to hand out candy in his big welding gloves and so did little more than practice his evil laugh and ask if the kids wanted experimental candy or normal candy, while I spent the entire evening distributing. We got the gist of the story from the kids who couldn't shut up about the vending machine house, and the parents filled us in on some. I lost count of the kids but we went through five Costco bags of candy, 150 pieces each, but I know some kids got two pieces rather than the usual one.
When I learned that there were hundreds of kids touching these machines I also quickly ran in and got my big pump bottle of hand sanitizer and offered it for use - got lots of takers, and that's half gone now too. I just thought those machine button panels had to be a germ festival going on.
It wasn't as bad as I'd expected and the kids seemed to like what they had going on - neighborhood kids got as many as three candies at this guy's house and unless the trucked-in kids double-dipped or bought, they only got one.