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, let's 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.
What he saw on the video was a group of older children tackling the bowl.
“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.
“But the way they did it is what really shocked me,” Lector said.
“I think what struck me the most was the little kids that were with them,” he said.
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.
On the video, one child can be heard calling for a parent.
“Let's leave them a little bit of candy,” a woman tells the children.
“I was really touched by that,” Laurence said.
The children go to the Lectors’ next-door neighbor and get more candy to put into the once-empty bowl.
“Oh my God, we felt like humanity had been restored,” Cherryl said.
“There are kids in our community in Eastlake who are just good and kind-hearted.”
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.